Unity College Destination Education Experiences
December 14, 2022
Build Lifelong Relationships While Learning in Unique Maine Locations
Come live where you learn! Take your hybrid learning experience to the next level and gain unique experiences with courses taught at Unity College’s Field Station in Unity, Maine. You’ll build relationships that will last a lifetime with your professors and peers. With room & board options available, and access to financial aid opportunities, the ability to join us for 1 or 2 classes makes this option more accessible and affordable than ever before!
Adapting to Winter
Two versions to choose from—one week at Unity College’s Sky Lodge or five weeks in Unity!
HL 286 Winter Ecology | 3 credits
Winter conditions pose a challenge to life in the higher latitudes — some organisms (e.g. migratory birds) have the option of avoiding these challenges by heading south when the temperatures start to drop. Most other organisms don’t have that luxury and must find other ways to maintain their populations through to the next growing season. Students in Winter Ecology will investigate interactions between organisms and their environment within the context of this “pinch point” in the annual cycle. We will study a diverse array of adaptations to adverse conditions and investigate how their interactions can shape system dynamics throughout the year.
Add Color to Your Winter
Harness your visual skills while having a little fun! This course will teach you to use your imagination to capture spatial relationships.
HL 199 Watercolor Painting | 1 credit
This course develops the process of watercolor painting from observation and imagination, stressing both technical skills and individual expression by exploring composition, form, color usage and materials.
Understand the Big Picture
Spend time with your instructor and classmates in person in this one week intensive experience embedded in an online course.
BI 401 Ecosystem Ecology | 3 credits
In this course, we will use the ecosystem concept to structure and address complex environmental questions from the scale of a particle of soil up to the biosphere. Some of the thorniest environmental problems – for example, climate change or nutrient pollution – can only be understood by following the flow of energy and materials through complex interacting systems of living and nonliving things (i.e., ecosystems.) To understand how ecosystems work – how energy flows and how nutrients cycle – we will learn to speak the language of ecosystem ecology and develop a systems mindset for understanding terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Learn to Paddle
Build your paddling confidence in preparation for field work or recreation!
HL 188 Canoeing | 1 credit
This course will serve as introduction to the knowledge and skills associated with flat and moving water canoeing. Topics will include dynamics of canoe equipment, clothing selection, short trip planning and safety considerations, strokes, basic self and equipment rescues as well as the effects of weather on enjoyment of the sport.
From bears and ducks to salamanders and newts, know your wildlife species!
WF 204 North American Wildlife | 3 credits
The course explores four taxonomic classes of North American animals within the Chordata phylum: Amphibia, Aves, Mammalia, and Reptilia. Students develop knowledge of the distribution, natural history, and identification of species that play central roles in hunting, wildlife trafficking, and/or conservation efforts. Students also develop skills for identification of specimens using appropriate field guides. Threats and conservation efforts related to species within these taxonomic groups are explored. General management considerations are discussed.
Understand What Animals Eat
Learn how to keep your animals healthy.
WF 202 Animal Nutrition | 3 credits
This course is focused on the basic concepts of and science behind animal nutrition, including digestion, absorption, dietary requirements, consumption needs from their environment, and formation of regular feedings. This course will introduce the student to the science of animal nutrition. Discussions will be focused on the role nutrition plays in the development of animal disease. A comparative approach will yield insight into challenges commonly encountered in various taxonomic groups of animals within captive wildlife and veterinary care settings.
Law Enforcement Fundamentals
Learn about our criminal justice system from an expert with experience!
CL 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice | 3 credit
This course provides an introduction to the components and processes of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include the history, structure, function, and philosophy of our system of justice and how it integrates into everyday life in our society. Students will discuss our justice system’s historic English roots, the evolution of American law, and the variety of law enforcement agencies, including their distinctive operational characteristics. Particular attention will be given to conservation officers and their specialized role in resource protection.
Understanding Ecosystem Management
In the field and in the classroom, learn how species interact with each other and their environment.
BI 206 Ecology | 3 credit
This course will provide an overview of modern ecology as applied to conservation and management. Students will learn the patterns and processes operating in populations, communities, and ecosystems, focusing on ecology as the study of interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment. The course will investigate reciprocal influences between the physical environment and species distributions, populations dynamics, multi-species interactions and community structure, and how materials and energy move through ecosystems. Students will learn how ecosystems function in ways that benefit humans and wildlife, and how conservation or management decisions can enhance or impair these functions.
Drug Recognition for Law Enforcement
Learn how officers identify the signs and symptoms associated with impairment from illegal and legal drug use.
CL 202 Drug Recognition Training | 3 credit
This course examines current drug use and abuse trends in society and prepares students to assess such use and abuse in a law enforcement context. Students will learn to identify a range of commonly encountered drugs and their observable effects on the human body when abused. Students will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and be able to differentiate between illegal drug impairment and common medical conditions. Students will also explore the hazards presented by individuals engaging in drug abuse and identify potential strategies and skills to deal with those individuals.
Designing Animal-Friendly Exhibits
How can we mimic nature in captive environments to reduce animal stress and increase overall well being?
WF 303 Enrichment and Exhibit Design | 3 credit
Through exhibit and enclosure designs and enrichment initiatives, we are able to provide animals with choices promoting natural behaviors, thus minimizing stress associated health and welfare concerns that often arise when animals are unable to meet their behavioral and/or psychological needs. Students in this course will research natural history and behaviors of wildlife animal species. They will utilize this information in designing animal exhibits, enclosures, and enrichment devices. During this process they will learn the value of setting goals and assessing the effects of environmental changes on captive animal welfare.