A three-course cluster on environmental ethics, activism, and biological science. See Biology 131 (lab B is designated for this cluster), English 126, and Environmental Studies 126 for course descriptions. Satisfies the First-year writing (W1), Literature, Natural Science with lab, and Social Science distribution requirements. Twelve credit hours.  BEVIER, CARLSON, STAFFIERE, MACKENZIE

BI131f  Biodiversity

hikkaduwa-coral-reef-580x386Biodiversity examines the variety and variability of life on Earth, the causes of this variety, and the natural complex of relationships. Topics include habitat diversity, taxonomic diversity, evolution and speciation, interrelationships in ecosystems, and conservation biology. Additionally, will explore how humans influence and are influenced by biodiversity. Laboratory sessions focus on exploring biological diversity in different local ecosystems, using taxonomic keys, and applying the scientific method. Students with prior credit for Biology 164 may not receive credit for Biology 131. Four credit hours. N. BEVIER

BI131 L  Lab: Biodiversity  

Lab section C is reserved for Integrated Studies 126, “The Green Cluster,” and requires concurrent enrollment in English 126 and Environmental Studies 126. Noncredit. STAFFIERE

Walden_2-580x617EN126f American Environmental Writing Since Thoreau: The Story of People and Nature - Focusing on broad themes such as observing, exploring, working the land, and dwelling in place, we thoughtfully and critically engage American environmental writing since Thoreau. Students learn about and practice environmental writing using the essay, word pictures and figurative language, story telling, and poetry. Through reading, writing, art, film, and time outdoors, students develop critical thinking and communication skills and gain an appreciation for the content and process of this distinctive American style of writing. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 126, “The Green Cluster.”
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 131 (lab section B) and Environmental Studies 126. Four credit hours. L, W1. MACKENZIE

ES126f  Environmental Activism

Powershift-580x385An introduction to the history, theory, and practice of environmental activism, incorporating both global and local perspectives. Students explore the social phenomena that underlay human action in the environmental arena, taking an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses history, social movement and political theory, media studies, gender studies, psychology, and first-person narratives. Goals include 1) developing effective skills in critical reading, analysis, and communication; 2) developing an appreciation for the vastness and diversity of human responses to environmental challenges; and 3) providing the opportunity for students to apply their emerging leadership and organizing skills to the design of a student environmental group. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 126, “The Green Cluster.” Fulfills the College’s composition requirement (English 115).
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 131 (lab section B) and English 126. Four credit hours. S. CARLSON