Courses

May Term (May 14-June 1)

 

Environmental Law and Policy (Envr 310)

Analysis of the policy-making process at local, national, and international scales with examination of environmental policy challenges including climate change, resource management and energy development. Students will interact with regional policy-makers and land managers in the field to consider linkages between policy and science and ways for science to inform the policy-making process. Environmental ethics, environmental justice, and environmental advocacy will also be considered.

Mon-Fri; Field, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Rachel Lamb

Field Biology in Spring (Biol 361)

Springtime plants and animals, their field identification, field biology, behavior and landscape context, with a focus on spring flora, amphibia and birds. Offered between the spring college semester and the end of the spring high school semester to provide prospective teachers and naturalists with an opportunity to investigate the natural history of this very active time of year. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Mon-Fri; Field, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Dave Dornbos

 

Insect Ecology of Streams, Forests, and Fields (Biol 365)

Life history, behavior, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic insects and their roles in pollination, herbivory, predation, agroecosystems, disease and vector epidemiology, invasion ecology, soil ecology, biodiversity and freshwater ecology. Practical applications include study of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce negative impacts if pest species in agricultural, structural, and medical settings while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functionality.

Mon-Fri; Field, Applied
Faculty: David Hoekman

 

Tropical Agriculture and Missions (Biol/Agric/Geog 343) - Costa Rica

An introduction to tropical agriculture for working with resource-poor farmers. Topics include the scientific basis behind successful low cost techniques, a survey of major tropical crops and their requirements, and on-site practical work. Selected issues in Christian missions and in community development, and some urban gardening and small animal techniques are also covered. Taught in a rural, mountainous village in Costa Rica in collaboration with a Christian organization aiding redevelopment after an earthquake, with several trips to different ecosystem regions of Costa Rica. (4 credits; 100 contact hours)

Mon-Fri; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: David Unander

 

Conservation and Development in the India Tropics (Biol 367) - India

An introduction to conservation, historical and ongoing development, and comparative analysis of coastal ecosystems, the plains and montane tropical ecosystems of the Western Ghats. The course is taught on-site at a variety of ecosystem preserves and national parks in India. Topics include tropical ecosystem structure and function, adaptations of flora and fauna, biodiversity surveys, past and present human interactions with the landscape, and autoecology of selected plant and animal species. (4 credits; 120 contact hours)

Mon-Fri; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Dieter Bouma