Fall Semester, 2014
ENVS 290: Environmental Law
Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m., LSC, Instructor: Sargent
How can the legal system balance environmental protection and industrial progress? This introductory course tackles this question through lectures and multi-media featuring:
- Federal statutes, rules, and regulations
- Influential case law and real-world application of course concepts
- Impacts on air, land, water, and natural resources
- Guest speakers from local and national organizations
- Networking opportunities for student internships and career planning
Pre-requisite: PLSC 101 American Politics
ENVS 320/321: Conservation Biology & Lab
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m. (320), 2:45-5:15 p.m. (321), LSC, Instructor: Ohsowski
In this course, students will learn to apply ecological and evolutionary biological principles to the preservation of wild plant and animal species, and to the preservation and management of ecosystems. Conservation approaches and challenges for all types of ecosystems will be covered, with emphasis on contemporary threats to biodiversity, including habitat fragmentation, invasive species, and climate change.
Students will understand how the science of ecology can be used to address issues in species/ecosystem conservation, and recognize that consideration of human actions is essential to address conservation problems
Prerequisites: ENVS 280 & 286, Junior or Senior standing and ENVS major
ENVS 398: Special Topics - Introduction to Sustainability
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00- 11:15 a.m., LSC, Instructor: Landrum
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concept of sustainability within the context of the greatest environmental, social and economic challenges of our time related to energy, waste, water, air/pollution, population, food/agriculture, the built environment, culture/society, and the economy. The course will challenge students to take action toward increased personal sustainability and responsibility. 3 credit hours.
Open to all majors, all levels.
ENVS 398: Special Topics - Introduction to Sustainable Business
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-2:15 p.m., LSC, Instructor: LandrumThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to the emerging field of sustainability and its triple bottom line focus on the social, environmental and economic performance of business. Although social and environmental concerns have historically been the realm of government and nonprofits, the focus of this course will be on the growing involvement and powerful impact of for-profit businesses into this arena. The course presents the scientific, ethical, and business cases for adopting sustainability.
Junior or Senior standing or Graduate Student status required.