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|Professors:||M. Bjornerud (Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies Geology), J. Clark (Geology), B. De Stasio (Dennis and Charlot Nelson Singleton Professor of Biological Sciences Biology), C. Skran (Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science Government), M. Stoneking (Physics)|
|Associate professors:||J. Brozek (Stephen Edward Scarff Professor of International Affairs Government), D. Gerard (The John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor of the American Economic System Economics), W. Hixon (Gordon R. Clapp Chair of American Studies Government) (on leave term(s) III), M. Jenike (Anthropology), A. Knudsen (Geology), S. Purkey (Bee Connell Mielke Professor of Education Education), M. Rico (History, chair), J. Sedlock (Biology)|
|Assistant professors:||D. Donohoue (Chemistry) (on leave term(s) III), A. Hakes (Biology) (on leave term(s) II)|
|Instructor:||S. Colon (Hurvis NEH Fellow in the Humanities)|
The field of environmental studies addresses some of the most critical and complicated issues of our time: those regarding environmental change and the future of humanity. The systems that make up planet Earth are simultaneously comprehensible and complex, predictable and chaotic, robust and fragile. Changes in one part of this system of systems may have far-reaching implications for other parts. As citizens of Earth, we cannot afford to remain ignorant of the global environmental consequences of our daily activities.
A degree in environmental studies prepares students for a wide spectrum of careers, including environmental law, consulting, policy making, technical innovation, wildlife management, teaching, natural resource management, and fundamental research. Students in the major share a common sequence of core courses, beginning with introductions to environmental science and policy through an intermediate level practicum and culminating with the senior capstone. Throughout the curriculum, majors are exposed to different perspectives on and tools for understanding the environment including those from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In addition, all students are required to take advanced courses in one department to provide disciplinary depth. Students have considerable choice in their courses and work with their advisor to select courses that fit individual interests and career goals. The field experience requirement ensures that students get out of the classroom to put their academic work into practice.
The minor in environmental studies is designed to complement a major in any field.
Environmental Studies Major
- Required Core Courses (30 Units)
- ENST 150: Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab (6 units)
- ENST 151: Introduction to Environmental Policy (6 units)
- ENST 300: Symposium on Environmental Topics (6 units)
- ENST 650: Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (6 units)
- MATH 107, 117 or 207; Statistics or BIOL 170: Integrative Biology: Experimental Design and Analysis or ANTH 207: Quantitative Analysis in Anthropology (6 units)
Perspectives from Science (18 Units)
Three additional science courses from at least two different departments, one of which must be lab-based and one of which must be 200 or above.
Perspectives from Policy (12 Units)
(ECON 280 or ECON 285) and (GOVT 270 or GOVT 380)
Perspectives from History, Society, and Culture
HIST 355 or EDST 400 or PHIL 360 or ANTH 310
Disciplinary Focus (18 units)
Eighteen units from courses numbered 200 or above in a single department GOVT, ECON, CHEM, BIOL, GEOL, ANTH,and PHYS, selected in consultation with advisor.
Field Experience (not necessarily for credit; typically about 50 hours of work outside the classroom or participation in an ENST-related internship or off-campus program)
Environmental Studies Minor
- Required Core Courses (18 Units)
- ENST 150: Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab (6 units)
- ENST 151: Introduction to Environmental Policy (6 units)
- ENST 300: Symposium on Environmental Topics (6 units)
Courses with significant emphasis on environmental topics (30 units)
Any five environmental studies cross-listed courses. Environmental studies courses taken through Lawrence-sponsored off-campus programs, such as the Semester in Environmental Science may also fulfill this requirement, with approval of the Environmental Studies Steering Committee. Special note: No more than three courses may be applied simultaneously toward completion of this minor and a student's major.
Senior Experience in Environmental Studies
The Senior Seminar (ENST 650) is the culmination of the Environmental Studies major and serves as the program's Senior Experience. Through discussions of primary literature and guest lectures, students are engaged with cutting-edge scholarship in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Students also complete individual projects, which consist of developing temporal or spatial models of environmentally relevant phenomena. In the course of modeling, students must find and acquire relevant data, determine functional relations between model elements, perform sensitivity analyses, and justify their choices and assumptions. Results and conclusions are presented orally and in a written document. The 6-unit course is offered once a year and has ENST 150, ENST 151 and ENST 300 as prerequisites.
Courses - Environmental Studies
ENST 115: Energy Technology, Society, and the EnvironmentExplores energy production, storage, and usage as they are currently practiced. Certain emerging technologies will also be addressed. Environmental and socio-economic impact will be discussed in the context of limitations imposed by the laws of physics.
ENST 127: Environmental Justice and CitizenshipEnvironmental degradation impacts some individuals and communities more than others: the poor, people of color, and certain nonhuman species and landscapes bear the brunt of our collective actions. This seminar pairs literary texts (novels, short stories and poems) with nonfiction essays on topics ranging from food production to indigenous rights. We will discuss and write about how these texts impact our understanding of fairness, justice, rights and responsibility.
ENST 150: Environmental SciencePresents principles of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics that relate to such environmental issues as resource limitation, pollution, and environmental degradation. Designed to foster understanding of scientific measures of environmental quality. One laboratory per week.
ENST 151: Introduction to Environmental PolicyThis course applies principles of economics and political science to environmental issues, including pollution, resource limitation, and environmental degradation. It is designed to foster an understanding of the environmental policy-making and regulatory process in the United States and globally.
ENST 191: Directed Study in Environmental StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ENST 195: Internship in Environmental StudiesAn opportunity for environmental studies students to gain practical experience in the commercial, government, or nonprofit sectors. The internship is supplemented by readings and discussions with a supervising faculty member. At the conclusion of the internship, the student must submit a summative report that considers the internship experience in the context of the student’s other academic work. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
ENST 200: Topics in Environmental StudiesStudy of a particular topic of current interest in environmental studies. Topics will vary with each offering of the course, and may include field research, community engagement, or other experiential learning opportunities. Course may be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Fall 2017: Wilderness in the North American Imagination
Wilderness is a powerfully symbolic landscape in the North American imagination. At once a place, an experience, an idea, and cultural construction, the formation of American culture and identity took root in the wild places and minds, in the work and daily lives, of people connected to and alienated from nature. This course examines the changing role of wilderness in United States culture, aiming to arrive at new understandings of wilderness as an environment, as well as a fluid concept that has transformed over time. An origin story commonly linked to United States history opens with the Western frontier and pivots on the moment when the frontier no longer existed. We apply a transnational approach to explore the way notions of wilderness transcend the nation-state. Across the globe diverse peoples have debated its meaning, fought over its dominion, worked to preserve and restore its beauty. Human attempts to tame the wilderness have always been incomplete, sometimes fraught with violence, uncertainty, and environmental degradation. Control over wild places has been a source of political and economic power and as such these landscapes serve a central role in debates about human rights and the use and allocation of natural resources. Part cultural history, part literary exploration, and an invitation to visually and physically engage with wilderness, this interdisciplinary course incorporates history, art, literature, film, and public policy in its approach. We will read classic work in the nature-writing tradition alongside diverse perspectives that consider the impacts of gender, class, and race on the wilderness experience. Open to all students.
Topic for Spring 2018: Environmental Documentary
Environmental documentary has emerged as an important and popular genre in cinema. This course focuses on films that have been used to leverage social change by raising awareness of the world’s growing environmental crisis as well as the social inequalities that force poor and marginalized communities to endure higher levels of environmental risk. Through screenings, readings, attention to grassroots environmental and community development movements by visual artists, this course engages the role of creative work in educating and shifting public opinion on environmental inequities.
ENST 202: Geology and HealthA course investigating the links between geology and health, considering topics such as asbestos, natural and anthropogenic water contamination, and cycling of trace elements as both contaminants and necessary nutrients. Designed to illuminate the link between the seemingly disparate fields of geology and the health of life on earth.
ENST 208: Sustainable China: Environment and EconomyThis course integrates environmental and economic topics relevant for understanding sustainability in the Chinese context, including economic development, natural resource management, urban growth, and environmental policy. It is a prerequisite for a December study trip to China.
ENST 210: Animal BehaviorA lecture and field-study course examining the principles and problems of animal behavior. Subjects include orientation, feeding, locomotion, communication, escape in time and space, biological rhythms, mate choice, and aspects of social behavior, examined from evolutionary, ontogenetic, physiological, ecological, and ethological perspectives. Lecture and laboratory.
ENST 213: Evolutionary BiologyA study of biological evolution, including natural selection, adaptation, the evolution of sex, speciation, extinction, and constraints on evolutionary change. Reading primary literature is emphasized. Two lectures and one discussion per week.
ENST 220: General EcologyAn introduction to the interactions between organisms and the environment. Explores the role of physical, chemical and biotic processes--including human activities--in determining the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Topics include resource availability, competition, predation, symbiosis and natural and anthropogenic disturbances such as disease, biological invasions, pollution and climate change. Lecture and laboratory.
ENST 222: Atmospheric & Environmental ChemistryThis course focuses on the fundamental chemical processes that control Earth's atmosphere, ocean, soil, and climate. The course emphasizes the mechanisms that regulate the flow of energy in different ecosystems, the environmental role of particulate matter and solar radiation, chemistry-climate relationships, and the anthropogenic impact on the environment.
ENST 229: General Ecology (Lecture Only)An introduction to the interactions between organisms and the environment. Explores the role of physical, chemical and biotic processes--including human activities--in determining the structure and function of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Topics include resource availability, competition, predation, symbiosis and natural and anthropogenic disturbances such as disease, biological invasions, pollution and climate change. Lecture only.
ENST 230: History of the Earth and LifeA study of the physical, chemical, and organic evolution of the Earth since its origin 4.5 billion years ago, with emphasis on times of change and crisis. The course also examines the evolution of ideas about Earth’s history, illustrating how science and culture are inherently entangled.
ENST 235: Weather, Climate, and Climate ChangeA study of basic meteorologic principles and climate patterns. These phenomena will be discussed in relation to evidence of past climate change and implications of global warming on future climate.
ENST 237: Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS ApplicationsFundamentals of electromagnetic radiation and the interaction of radiation with matter are introduced as the basis of remote sensing. Interpretation and manipulation of remotely sensed images are used to demonstrate the wealth of information remote sensing provides. Applications and case studies from geology, environmental science, ecology, agronomy, and urban planning will be explored. High school physics recommended. Lecture and laboratory.
ENST 240: Chemistry of the Earth: Low-Temperature EnvironmentsAn introduction to the geochemical processes at the Earth¿s surface. Emphasis is placed on how chemical processes such as thermodynamics, phase equilibria, and oxidation-reduction reactions shape the Earth surface and near-surface environments.
ENST 245: Conservation BiologyThis course explores scientific concepts related to the conservation and restoration of Earth's biological diversity. Topics include patterns of species and ecosystem diversity, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, causes of extinction, assessing extinction risk, behavioral indicators, in-situ and ex-situ management strategies for endangered species, and ecosystem restoration. Lecture only.
ENST 250: Analytical ChemistryA course in the quantitative description of chemical equilibria in solution (acid-base, complexation, redox, solubility) using classical, separation, electrochemical, and spectrochemical methods of analysis. This course covers methods of quantification, statistics, and data analysis as applied to modern chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to individually design projects. Three lectures and two laboratory periods per week.
ENST 252: Sustainable CitiesHow can cities be sustainable? The increasing urbanization of the world's population, shift to service-driven economies, and growing diversity of cities make this question pressing and complicated. This course introduces economic, environmental, and social dimensions of the urban sustainability problem and explores responses to it through a two-week December study trip to London and Amsterdam and winter term studies and poster presentations. Program fee is required. Students pay their own airfare.
ENST 260: Research Methods in ArchaeologyPresents the research process in archaeology and offers an overview of essential data-collection and analysis techniques, including site survey and excavation, settlement pattern analysis, lithic analysis, and ceramic analysis. Students will take part in field research.
ENST 265: BiogeochemistryThis course explores fundamental cycles between earth's major reservoirs of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, carbon and water. Through lecture and group presentations, students will gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of biogeochemical cycles and the mechanism underlying the biological transformations of those elements. Lecture only.
ENST 270: Global Environmental PoliticsThis course provides an examination of the environment as an issue in world politics. Emphasis will be placed on the role of both state and non-state actors (i.e., the UN, NGOs) in global environmental regimes that are designed to deal with global warming, ozone depletion, and other environmental issues. Particular attention will be paid to the positions taken by both developed and developing countries. As part of the course, students will participate in a simulation of an international negotiation on an environmental issue.
ENST 280: Environmental EconomicsThe course shows how economists analyze environmental problems and the types of solutions they propose (if any). Topic coverage includes property rights and externalities, cost-benefit analysis, regulatory policy instruments, the interplay between policy and innovation, and basic models of political economy.
ENST 300: Symposium on Environmental TopicsThe heart of this course is an annual symposium organized around a well-defined topic with both scientific and policy components — e.g., nuclear waste disposal, global warming. Each year, two or three nationally recognized experts on the selected topic are brought to campus. In the weeks before a visit by one of the major speakers, students, together with environmental studies faculty, read and discuss papers suggested by the speaker. The speakers meet with students in the seminar following their public lecture, providing students with an opportunity to interact directly with scientists and policy makers at the forefront of environmental issues.
Topic for Fall 2017: Bicycling and Sustainable Cities--Health, Environment and Policy
Examination of bicycle infrastructure, attitudes, and use in urban environments. We will study cycling’s role in transportation, recreation, environmental quality, and public health via case studies from around the world, but with a particular focus on the Fox Cities Region and the state of Wisconsin. Learning will progress through field trips, guest speakers, readings, and frequent class discussions. Students will complete community-based learning projects in groups, in addition to short writing assignments.
Topic for Winter 2018: Sick Cities
This course will explore some of the environmental challenges of densely populated urban areas, particularly the contamination of soil, air, and water systems. We will investigate how those systems came to be polluted, what the impacts are of that contamination, and ways that they might be remediated. We will be discussing the environmental chemistry, human and environmental health, and environmental justice issues relating to environmental problems facing cities all over the world.
ENST 310: Aquatic EcologyThe principles of the ecology of fresh waters, developed through discussions, laboratory, and field investigations of the functional relationships and productivity of biotic communities as they are affected by the dynamics of physical, chemical, and biotic parameters. Lecture and laboratory.
ENST 311: Field Experience in DevelopmentStudents engaged in this course will have the opportunity to do field research in a developing country. Each student will develop and implement a project that concerns economic, political, and/or environmental issues important in Sierra Leone, Jamaica, or another selected country. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from both national and local leaders in political, economic, environmental, and social development issues. Class members will travel to a developing country during a term break. Students must register for this course in the term prior to the planned travel and in the subsequent term, when they will present their research to the wider Lawrence community.
Location for 2016-17: Students will travel to Sierra Leone and/or Morocco during winter break. Admission is by application to Prof. Skran. Students should register for both fall and winter terms.