Theme-based Course Descriptions Fall 2020
AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Foraged, Found & Altered
This course is an exploration in the use of imagery in two and three-dimensional space. We will create our own photographic images and objects with foraged materials from nature and found archives. Process and projects will include field collection of plant materials for creating images as anthotypes and natural dyes; collecting botanicals for cataloging as cyanotypes with an introduction to simple bookmaking, and printing on unusual surfaces; using found pictures for image creation and collage; and working with altered books.
AR 2103-02 Art Explorations: Scientific Illustration
This course is an investigation into the techniques and possibilities of scientific illustration. We will use drawing, photographic and digital techniques to represent a range of organisms. The primary emphasis will be on close observation and the translation of visual information. We will draw from various sources including field observations, preserved specimens, collections and photographs.
AR 2113 Creative Writing: Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
Students in this course will develop their ability to craft short works of fiction and creative nonfiction (CNF) using their own experiences and insights as raw material. With emphasis on the dramatization of “true” stories, students will review/become familiar with/practice the many elements of effective storytelling, including, but not limited to Plot, Character, Scene, Summary, Point of View, Voice, and Tone. They will learn to identify and analyze these elements in exemplary essays and short stories as well as in work written by their classmates, and they will use them as they learn to craft and revise their own creative writing. By the end of the course, each student will have created a portfolio of their own writing, from first drafts to final products.
Pre-requisite: CM 1003 Composition & Communication I
BI 2111 Themes in Fisheries & Aquaculture: Global Aquaculture Systems
In the past decade global production of farmed fish has outpaced production of beef. Some estimates of wild fish populations indicate maximum capture of these resources have been reached indicating aquacultural production of fish and other organisms will continue to increase. This course will cover characteristics of a wide range of aquaculture systems and methods, the diversity of aquaculture organisms, and fundamentals of maintaining adequate temperature and oxygen levels while minimizing waste and other environmental issues associated with aquaculture.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114 Biology: Diversity of Life
BI 3111 Themes in Marine Science: Coral Culturing
In this class, we will tidy and inventory the wetlab while learning how it works; read scientific and industry literature; learn how to design and build a coral facility; list potential pests and treatments; and review the operations manual and conduct a species inventory. We will also design educational activities for visitors (e.g. high school students, parents, admissions tours, online visitors). In addition to the lecture, students will be expected to schedule 1 hour per week working in the wetlab on assigned maintenance.
Prerequisites: BI 2033 or junior status
BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Know Thine Enemy: Identifying & Combating Viruses in Human Populations
Viruses – although not considered “living” by most scientists – are ubiquitous in all populations of living organisms, from unicellular bacteria to complex multicellular mammals. In this course, we will study the taxonomy of viruses and focus on case studies of viruses that have caused significant human disease and social disruption throughout human history, including 1918 Influenza, polio, and coronavirus. We will examine how these viruses cause human disease and learn about strategies, such as artificial intelligence guided antibody development, that researchers use to develop vaccines and drug therapies to reduce or treat viral illnesses.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114 Biology: Diversity of Life and either BI 2304 Cell Biology or Junior Status
CL 2883 Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement
The Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement Class is designed to prepare individuals physically for the rigor a career in conservation Law Enforcement. With the completion of this course and commitment to a fitness program, individuals will be ready for the academy’s physical challenges and a career in law enforcement.
HU 2022 Topics in Humanities: Diverse Voices in Environmental Leadership
As students and leaders in environmental science and sustainability, we can easily get fixated on a few of the dominant writers, thought leaders and inspiring practitioners in the environmental movement. However, we know how important it is to hear and appreciate a multitude of opinions and voices, if we want to discover the best solutions to our challenges. From the green heroes of Central America, the sustainable farmers of Ethiopia, and the innovative designers in Central Asia we can find individuals who, by their ideas or actions, have created positive change in the environmental field and provide us different models for examining and meeting environmental challenges.
Pre-requisite: 15 credits completed
HU 2023 Topics in Humanities: Sense of Place in Environmental Communication
Environmental writing is filled with meditations on meaningful places – geographic locales that have taken on deeper meaning through experiential interaction over time. In the social sciences, environmental communication scholars have been evaluating the role of “place” in environmental behaviors and decision-making since the early 1990s. This course will blend reading and analysis of place writing with research and theory based on the role of place in environmental communication to discuss and generate ideas and written work investigating “sense of place” as a concept and the role of place in motivating pro-environmental change.
Pre-requisite: CM 1013 Composition & Communication II
UC 4501 E.S. Seminar: Sea Turtle Biology
This seminar course will cover topics such as life histories, physiological adaptations to marine life, homing and navigation, and ecological roles within the ecosystem. Students will conduct literature searches and practice discussing and presenting readings from the primary and secondary literature
Prerequisite: Junior Status