ARTS 101 Composing The Landscape: Introduction To Landscape Photography

Flagship course equivalency: AR 2023 Photography
This course is an exploration of landscape photography. Students will examine its history, study its masters and work on developing their own visions. Over the span of the term, students will gain an understanding of the medium while trying their own eye at creative expression The first 2 weeks will refresh students on the basic camera functions and making good exposures as well as a “get to know you” assignment. The bulk of the semester will be spent learning the variations of landscape photography by both studying significant photographers and their work as well as exploring the variations with their own cameras, culminating in a portfolio project.

ARTS 103 Introduction to Songwriting

Flagship course equivalency: Arts General Education Course
Songwriters use language that moves us to action, marks our place in history, and expresses our individual and collective stories. In this course, students will learn how to craft, refine, and present their own songs–music and lyrics. Successful students will develop critical listening skills, gain proficiency as editors, and immerse themselves into self-designed creative practices. Development of a writer’s voice, understanding sense of place, various narrative styles, and traditional song structures will also be explored. Budding to intermediate songwriters will experiment with leveraging their newly minted skills for cultural, environmental, political, or personal impacts.

BIOL 305 Conservation Biology

Flagship course equivalency: BI 3323 Conservation Biology
There’s a popular axiom in science that “all biology is now conservation biology.” This statement is telling in two ways: First, in the modern era it is hard to find a biological system that is untouched by humankind. Second, perhaps more than any other discipline conservation biology is highly integrative, bringing together such disparate fields as ecology, evolutionary biology, public policy, and sociology. In this course, we will lay the foundation for any field within the natural sciences or environmental studies. Specific topics that we will cover include the status of biodiversity, the threats facing biodiversity, the importance of ecosystem services, conservation policy, design and management of protected areas, and habitat restoration.

BIOL 301 Animal Behavior: The Evolution, Ecology, and Social Behavior of Animals

Flagship course equivalency: BI 3173 Animal Behavior
Animal Behavior is an exciting and fascinating scientific discipline. In this course, students will study why animals behave as they do. Students will also have to discard many of your former ideas about animal behavior. Students will discover that most species do not see, hear, smell, or experience the world as we do. Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything animals do, whether the animals are single-celled organisms, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals. In this course, you will investigate the relationships between animals and their physical environment as well as between other organisms, and you will study how animals find and defend resources, avoid predators, choose mates and reproduce, and care for their young.

COMM 303 Communicating to Stakeholders

This course teaches students how to communicate real-world issues and problems for a just end. Students will learn how different modes of communication such as storytelling can be used as an effective way to communicate an organization’s mission and builds empathy for its cause. Students will learn how to craft values-based communications to persuade stakeholders to support for social justice issues such as sustainability, environmental law, and wildlife conservation. Students will learn concepts and skills to build public support for their organization’s mission, strategic initiatives, and fund-raising activities. This course will develop skills in written, visual, and oral communication.

ENVS 205 Drone Technology and the Environment

Flagship course equivalency: ES 2003 Techniques in the Environmental Sciences
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), most commonly referred to as drones, have become an increasingly valuable tool for the Environmental Science field. Drone Technology and the Environment will also provide hands-on training in planning drone missions, developing policies and procedures, and flying recreational drones- with an emphasis on drone safety. This is a valuable skill set in a field that is growing exponentially both here in the United States and around the globe. How can the use of drones advance the ability to make informed decisions about our environment? What does it take to fly a drone safely and legally? What are the requirements to become a remote pilot?
How will this exponentially growing industry fare in the future? This course will investigate these questions and more. It will provide an opportunity to understand drone use in multiple Environmental Science disciplines and will position students well for studying for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test should they be interested in taking it.

ENVS 305 Advanced Drone Skills for Environmental Research

Jumpstart your drone career with advanced marketable skills in an industry that is growing exponentially. Students will learn to use drones for monitoring, modeling, and mapping remotely sensed data, plus the requirements to fly drones in the National Airspace. After completion, students will be prepared to take the Remote Pilot exam. (prerequisite ES2023 Drone Technology and the Environment OR completion of the free FAA Safety Course: Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

ENCJ 305 Natural Resource Law and Policy

Flagship course equivalency: PL 3213 Natural Resource Law
This survey course addresses not only the creation and management of our natural and wildlife resources on federal public lands, with a focus on the National Parks, National Forests, and the National Resource Lands (Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulated lands), but also including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Wilderness Preservation System. Students will learn how interest groups, citizens, and the courts influence the management of natural resources on these lands. After taking the class, students should be familiar with the major public land legislation such as the National Forest and National Park “Organic Acts” and the Wilderness Act; as well as laws that affect our public lands, but apply more broadly, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Through class work and their papers, students will also be familiar with different perspectives on some of the most important current issues facing our public lands.

EVPC 202 Environmental Issues

Flagship course equivalency: IC 2223 Environmental Issues and Insights
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of energy, water scarcity, and waste, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.

GISC 101 Introduction to GIS

Flagship course equivalency: ES 2103 Introduction to Geographic Information (GIS)
This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which Geographic Information System technology is based including the fundamentals of cartography, geodesy, coordinate systems, and projections. Conceptual overview and hands-on experience of vector data analyses and table queries are introduced. Students will use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables and maps, analyze spatial relationships, set map projections, build spatial databases, edit data, and create map layouts.

PF 4123 Interpretive Methods

Students critically examine the wide variety of personal and non-personal interpretive methods used by organizations that deliver natural, cultural, and/or historical interpretation programs. Working in terms, students design effective interpretation programs that include personal presentation, exhibits, website, audio/visual publications, and then present them to public audiences. Collaboration with the community partner organizations is often a requirement for this course.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

Flagship course equivalency: PY 1013 Introduction to Psychology
This course is a survey of psychology as the science of human behavior. Topics include basic principles underlying behavior and experience, learning, human development, motivation, personality, and psychotherapies.

SPAN 101 Introduction to Spanish

Flagship course equivalency HU 1003 Spanish
Introduction to Spanish will help the student acquire the fundamentals of pronunciation and grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Spanish. Basic relevant information covered includes: geographical and historical background of the language. The class will prepare the student for further language study. The student will learn Spanish in the same manner s/he learned her/his first language:1. Listening to the language; 2. Repeating the new language; 3. Writing; 4. Reading; 5. Interactive participation.

WCON 201 Wildlife Plant Identification: Wildlands and Wildlife Habitat

This course centers around the identification and life history of groups of plants important as habitat components of wildlife species.  Students will learn major plant groups and species in forest, rangeland, grassland, agricultural, and desert environments that influence wildlife species.  Students will explore life history of these plants with the goal of understanding how habitat management activities, human land use, and other activities influence populations of wildlife through changes in food and cover.