Courses

Summer Session II (July 11-Aug 12):
Great Lakes

Environmental Applications for Geographic Information Systems (Biol/EnvSt/Geog 362)

Theory and application of spatial analysis for applied social and ecological problem-solving. This course combines GPS field data collection; ArcGIS use for storage, processing, interpretation, and presentation of data; location and integration of existing source information; and remote sensing integration with GIS applications. The course is designed around an environmental project to apply GIS techniques for real-world problem-solving in protecting and restoring ecosystems. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Tues/Fri; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Mark Gathany

Lake Ecology and Management (Biol 302)

Field study of lakes and other freshwater systems with applications to planning and management. Includes an introduction to limnology and investigation of representative lakes, streams, and wetlands of the region and compares the North American Great Lakes with the other great lakes of the world and their stewardship. Prerequisite: one year of general biology and one year of general chemistry.

Tues/Fri; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: John Korstad

Environmental Chemistry (Chem 332)

Principles, analysis, and impact of chemical movement and distribution - both natural and human-induced - in natural environments focusing primarily on the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Sampling and analytical methods are included for water, soil, and air. Work is conducted both on site in natural habitats and the laboratory. Prerequisite: one year of general chemistry and one semester of either biochemistry or organic chemistry. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Wed/Sat; Field, Applied
Faculty: Scott Carr

Wildlife Ecology (Biol 345)

This course covers the ecology, conservation, and stewardship of wildlife species and their habitats. The main components of the course includes growth and structure of natural and managed populations, environmental and human social factors affecting wildlife communities, and wildlife conservation. The course is set in the context of the historical development of the field from management, to ecology, and to the land ethic of Leopold. It also includes discussions of how to apply this information for management and stewardship of non-game and endangered species, and long-term prospects of wildlife in changing environmental, climatic, and social contexts. Prerequisite: one course in biology, or permission of professor. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Tues/Fri; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Tim Van Deelen

Watersheds in Global Development (Biol/Geog 355)

This course covers the principles of watershed ecology, including principles and practice of community-based water monitoring and watershed management for developing and developed countries and data access and analysis using an online relational database and data-to-action strategies. Designed for students in science and public policy, including students interested in missions and development and agencies involved in environmental assessment and community development. (4-credits; 100 contact hours)

Wed/Sat; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Bill Deutsch

Restoration Ecology (Biol 482)

Ecological and theoretical foundations for ecosystem and biotic community restoration. This course develops ecological principles for ecosystem restoration and applies them to redeeming and restoring degraded and damaged ecosystems and endangered species. Field studies include analysis of restoration and rehabilitation work with the Kirtland Warbler, an officially designated wild river, coastal dunes, kettle-hole bogs, deforested lands, degraded residential and farming sites, and abandoned oil wells. A practical field laboratory is included in which techniques are applied to a specific site. Prerequisite: one year of biology and one course in ecology or field biology, or permission of professor. (4 credits; 100 course hours)

Wed/Sat; Field, Applied, Interdisciplinary
Faculty: Rick Hammer

Research Methods II (Biol/Chem/EnvSt/Geog 491)

This course follows Research Methods I with an exploration of data analysis, report writing, and presentation and poster preparation. Prerequisite: Research Methods I. (1 credit; 20 course hours)

Faculty: Robert Keys