Loyola University Chicago

Retreat & Ecology Campus

2018 Summer Course Descriptions

The following classes are being offered during various summer sessions and on various campuses.

This course introduces students to basic principles and knowledge to explain climate change and climate variability in the context of a high latitude city and country such as Iceland. Students will learn about natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change, the interactions between earth-atmosphere-ocean systems, climate feedback mechanisms, and impacts of climate change on human activity. Students will become familiar with the concepts of air mass, convergence zones, high latitude ocean currents and variable total solar radiation through applications of short-term weather and climatic studies.

This course is designed as an introduction to environmental public health issues, laws, regulations, research, and advocacy. Environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community will be presented. The environmental media (air, water and land and various community exposure concerns will also be presented). The course will utilize available internet resources to access environmental data, and focus related research. A team project will be completed requiring literature review and presentation and critical assessment of a successful (or unsuccessful) environmental advocacy campaign. Restricted to Juniors and Seniors within IES

This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for the increasing global efforts to reverse damage caused by humans to ecosystems and species, emphasizing the many perspectives (e.g., ecological, social, political, engineering) that must be considered to develop, implement, and assess restoration projects across a range of ecosystem types. Prerequisites: ENVS 280 & 286 or BIOL 265 & 266; Co-requisite: ENVS 331

Students will apply principles learned in ENVS 330 to restoration sites in Chicago and beyond. They will visit restoration sites and discuss strategies and initiatives with land managers and policy makers. Students will develop skills in ecological-site description, and in the analytical methods required to determine success of restoration projects. Prerequisite: ENVS 280 & 286 or BIOL 265 & 266; Co- or Prerequisite: ENVS 330

Host University: Leuphana University of Lüneburg

This class will introduce students to the emerging field of sustainability in business and the growing focus on the social, environmental, and economic performance of businesses. The course presents the scientific, moral, and business cases for adopting sustainability. Combine with a course on government and politics in Germany. Pre-requisites: UCSF 137 or ENVS 137 & MGMT 201

Field ornithology is an intensive 3-week engaged-learning course at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus during the peak of the migratory season intended to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of field ornithology. Emphasis will be on field identification and song recognition, census techniques, and avian behavior. Prerequisite: ENVS 280/286 or BIOL 265/266. Recommended: BIOL 215 (not required). Some Saturday classes possible.

Students may register for independent research on a topic mutually acceptable to the student and any professor in the department. Usually this research is directed to a particular course or to the research of the professor. Prerequisite: IES advisor approval 

Fulfills capstone requirement for IES majors. Through independent research experience, examine how scientific, sociological, economic and political knowledge and perspectives interact and define environmental problems and solutions/mitigation efforts. Research projects must use a multi-disciplinary perspective in analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: IES advisor approval and senior standing.

Students seek out and engage in a semester- or summer-long internship with a civic, business, governmental, or academic group providing hands-on experience in work on environmental issues. Prerequisite: IES advisor approval 

Fulfills capstone requirement for IES majors. Through internship experience, students reflect upon academic and extra-curricular activities in their degree program and learn how scientific, sociological, economic and political knowledge and perspectives interact and define environmental problems and solutions/mitigation efforts. Prerequisite: IES advisor approval and senior standing.

Students will learn to key out local flora using standard references, especially Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region.  Special attention will be given to grasses and sedges, and floral evolution will be emphasized throughout.  Invasive and potentially invasive species will be included. The course will be taught through a combination of lecture and laboratory experiences, and will meet one of the Biology majors’ requirements for elective courses with laboratories.  Prerequisite for the course, students should have completed ONE of the following:  Biol 111 (General Biology Laboratory 1), Biol 205 (Plant Biology), Envs 238 (Plants and Civilization), or Envs 330 (Restoration Ecology). Junior or Senior standing, or instructor consent.

Students will read, analyze, and discuss a publications focusing on different aspects of a specific environmental issue or theme, and will demonstrate comprehension of, and the ability to apply information from, scientific literature and be able to synthesize information to produce a cogent, synthetic analysis of their topic based on these readings. Prerequisite: IES advisor approval 

Our project continues the excavation of a buried early 19th century pioneer farmstead at LUREC to determine the impacts of Euro-American settlement on the local environment.  Students will learn archaeological field and lab methods through practice and readings and lectures.  Archival research has identified much about this land owner who was part of a large group from western Virginia.  Dispersed remains of the homestead, household items, and animal bones are present as well as pits and post-holes.  Our excavations will focus on determining the spatial pattern of these remains.  In addition, we will continue study of an experimental plot to evaluate the impact of tillage on archaeological context.