Classes and discussions with faculty and guest speakers in the residence halls offer insight into the different questions and methodologies used to study the Earth and environment.

Fall Seminars

GEOL 005 - Mountain to Lake: Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin

Instructor: Andrea Lini Associate Professor of Geology (More about Professor Lini ...)

This is a field-based course that introduces students to how geologists study the Earth around us, especially the landscape in the Champlain Valley. Weekly field trips introduce students to a variety of locations that we can use to interpret the geologic history of western Vermont. A highlight is a research cruise on Lake Champlain on the research vessel Melosira. Lab/field trip fee: $12.00. 4 credit course.

Requirements Satisfied: one Natural Sciences with lab course


GEOG 099 - Special Topics in Geography: Water Resource Management in a Changing World

Instructor: Beverley Wemple Associate Professor of Geography (More about Professor Wemple ...)

Nearly one-third of the world’s population lives in countries where water supplies persistently fail to meet human demands. Over a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation services. The availability of water may be the most significant environmental issue we will face in the twenty-first century. In this course, we will take a geographical perspective in exploring water as a critical resource. Our exploration will begin with an introduction to water resources management within the Lake Champlain basin. We will examine the environmental factors that control the spatial distribution of water resources and the quality of freshwater supplies at scales ranging from local to global. We will then explore some of the most important issues to society in the management of water resources, including providing water services to growing urban populations, protecting human and ecological resources on dammed rivers, managing water in a globalizing economy, mitigating water conflicts at scales ranging from local to transnational, and addressing water resource challenges in the face of climate change. This course will include field trips, lectures, documentary films, and interactive seminar discussions.

Requirements Satisfied: One Social Science course

Spring Seminars

ENGS 030 - Reading the American Wilderness

Instructor: Hesterly Goodson Senior Lecturer in English (More about Professor Goodson ... )

Literary perceptions of American nature have undergone a remarkable transformation over the past 300 or so years. In his 17th century journal, William Bradford vilified wilderness, describing it as full of “dolesome” woods and “howling wastes”––literally believing it a place where the Devil lurked. Just two centuries later, Henry David Thoreau romanticized wilderness, ascribing to it transcendental notions of natural divinity. What brought about this incredible change? In this class we will explore how shifting literary interpretations of wilderness have challenged and reshaped American attitudes toward nature and identity.

Requirements Satisfied: one Literature course


POLS 096 - Special Topics Political Science

Instructor: Robert Bartlett Professor of Political Science (More about Professor Bartlett ... )

Course description coming soon.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course