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ENVS 060-401 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY FROM PALEOLITHIC TO THE PRESENT NORTON, MARCY
BERG, ANNE
TR 1200PM-0130PM This course explores the changing relationships between human beings and the natural world from early history to the present. We will consider the various ways humans across the globe have interacted with and modified the natural world by using fire, domesticating plants and animals, extracting minerals and energy, designing petro-chemicals, splitting atoms and leaving behind wastes of all sorts. Together we consider the impacts, ranging from population expansion to species extinctions and climate change. We examine how human interactions with the natural world relate to broader cultural processes such as religion, colonialism and capitalism, and why it is important to understand the past, even the deep past, in order to rise to the challenges of the present.
    ENVS 100-001 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PLANTE, ALAIN TR 1200PM-0130PM This course will explore the physical science of the Earth's environment and human interactions with it. Coverage will include the Earth's various environmental systems, various environmental problems, and the direct and indirect causes of these environmental problems. Fresman seminar will mirror the ENVS100 recitation, and have additional discussions and social media projects.
      Physical World Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
      ENVS 100-301 How Earth Works PLANTE, ALAIN M 0100PM-0200PM This course will explore the physical science of the Earth's environment and human interactions with it. Coverage will include the Earth's various environmental systems, various environmental problems, and the direct and indirect causes of these environmental problems. Fresman seminar will mirror the ENVS100 recitation, and have additional discussions and social media projects.
        Physical World Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; SECTION CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
        ENVS 151-401 FOREST WORLDS RICHTER, SIMON MWF 0200PM-0300PM Can the humanities help us think differently about the forest? What happens if we imagine forests as the agents of their stories? At a time when humans seem unable to curb the destructive practices that place themselves, biodiversity, and the forests at risk, the humanities give us access to a record of the complex inter-relationship between forests and humanity. The course places a wide range of literature and film in which forests are strongly featured in relation to environmental history and current environmental issues.
          ENVS 312-401 OCEAN-ATMOSPHERE DYNAMICS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE MARINOV, IRINA M 0200PM-0500PM This course covers the fundamentals of atmosphere and ocean dynamics, and aims to put these in the context of climate change in the 21st century. Large-scale atmospheric and oceanic circulation, the global energy balance, and the global energy balance, and the global hydrological cycle. We will introduce concepts of fluid dynamics and we will apply these to the vertical and horizontal motions in the atmosphere and ocean. Concepts covered include: hydrostatic law, buoyancy and convection, basic equations of fluid motions, Hadley and Ferrel cells in the atmosphere, thermohaline circulation, Sverdrup ocean flow, modes of climate variability (El-Nino, North Atlantic Oscillation, Southern Annular Mode). The course will incorporate student led discussions based on readings of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and recent literature on climate change. Aimed at undergraduate or graduate students who have no prior knowledge of meteorology or oceanography or training in fluid mechanics. Previous background in calculus and/or introductory physics is helpful. This is a general course which spans many subdisciplines (fluid mechanics, atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology).
            SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; SENIOR ASSOCIATES
            ENVS 399-401 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR FOR JUNIORS ANDREWS, MARIA-ANTONIA T 0130PM-0430PM This seminar is designed to help Juniors prepare for the Senior Thesis research. Topic selection, advisor identification, funding options, and basic research methods will be discussed.
              ENVS 406-301 COMMUNITY BASED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HOWARTH, MARILYN TR 0130PM-0300PM From the fall of the Roman Empire to Love Canal to the epidemics of asthma, childhood obesity and lead poisoning in West Philadelphia, the impact of the environment on health has been a continuous challenge to society. The environment can affect people's health more strongly than biological factors, medical care and lifestyle. The water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the neighborhood we live in are all components of the environment that impact our health. Some estimates, based on morbidity and mortality statistics, indicate that the impact of the environment on health is as high as 80%. These impacts are particularly significant in urban areas like West Philadelphia. Over the last 20 years, the field of environmental health has matured and expanded to become one of the most comprehensive and humanly relevant disciplines in science. This course will examine not only the toxicity of physical agents, but also the effects on human health of lifestyle, social and economic factors, and the built environment. Topics include cancer clusters, water borne diseases, radon and lung cancer, lead poisoning, environmental tobacco smoke, respiratory diseases and obesity. Students will research the health impacts of classic industrial pollution case studies in the US. Class discussions will also include risk communication, community outreach and education, access to health care and impact on vulnerable populations. Each student will have the opportunity to focus on Public Health, Environmental Protection, Public Policy, and Environmental Education issues as they discuss approaches to mitigating environmental health risks. This honors seminar will consist of lectures, guest speakers, readings, student presentations, discussions, research, and community service. The students will have two small research assignments including an Environmental and Health Policy Analysis and an Industrial Pollution Case Study Analysis. Both assignments will include class presentations. The major research assignment for the course will be a problem-oriented research paper and presentation on a topic related to community-based environmental health selected by the student. In this paper, the student must also devise practical recommendations for the problem based on their research.
                Nat Sci & Math Sector (new curriculum only) NATURAL SCIENCE & MATH SECTOR; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS; AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERV COURSE; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINAR; NURSING MINOR REQUIRED COURSE
                ENVS 407-301 PREVENTION OF TOBACCO ADDICTION IN PRE-ADOLESCENT CHILDREN OF PHILADELPHIA KULIK, MICHAEL TR 1030AM-1200PM Cigarette smoking is a major public health problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control reports that more than 80% of current adult tobacco users started smoking before age 18. The National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 12.8% of middle school students and 34.8% of high school students in their study used some form of tobacco products. In ENVS 407, Penn undergraduates learn about the short and long term physiological consequences of smoking, social influences and peer norms regarding tobacco use, the effectiveness of cessation programs, tobacco advocacy and the impact of the tobacco settlement. Penn students will collaborate with teachers in West Philadelphia to prepare and deliver lessons to middle school students. The undergraduates will survey and evaluate middle school and Penn student smoking. One of the course goals is to raise awareness of the middle school children to prevent addiction to tobacco smoke during adolescence. Collaboration with the middle schools gives Penn students the opportunity to apply their study of the prevention of tobacco smoking to real world situations.
                  AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERV COURSE; COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE CURRICULUM http://www.sas.upenn.edu/earth/Envs407syll.pdf
                  ENVS 410-301 THE ROLE OF WATER IN URBAN SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCY NEUKRUG, HOWARD T 0500PM-0800PM This course will provide an overview of the cross-disciplinary fields of civil engineering, environmental sciences, urban hydrology, landscape architecture, green building, public outreach and politics. Students will be expected to conduct field investigations, review scientific data and create indicator reports, working with stakeholders and presenting the results at an annual symposium. There is no metaphor like water itself to describe the cumulative effects of our practices, with every upstream action having an impact downstream. In our urban environment, too often we find degraded streams filled with trash, silt, weeds and dilapidated structures. The water may look clean, but is it? We blame others, but the condition of the creeks is directly related to how we manage our water resources and our land. In cities, these resources are often our homes, our streets and our communities. This course will define the current issues of the urban ecosystem and how we move toward managing this system in a sustainable manner. We will gain an understanding of the dynamic, reciprocal relationship between practices in an watershed and its waterfront. Topics discussed include: drinking water quality and protection, green infrastructure, urban impacts of climate change, watershed monitoring, public education, creating strategies and more.
                    AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERV COURSE
                    ENVS 416-401 FRESHWATER ECOLOGY DANIELS, MELINDA MW 0330PM-0500PM Survey of the physical, chemical and biological properties of freshwater ecosystems, both riverine and lentic, natural and polluted. Prerequisite: One semester of college chemistry.
                      ENVS 498-001 SENIOR THESIS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE W 1200PM-0100PM The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
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                        ENVS 498-145 SENIOR THESIS: CASE STUDY OF LEED GOLD (ID+C) vs. WELL CERTIFIED FLOORS IN FMC TOWER DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                          PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                          ENVS 498-146 SENIOR THESIS: CARBON TAXATION AND THE QUANTITATIVE IMPACTS ON EMISSIONS REDUCTION DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                            ENVS 498-147 SENIOR THESIS: UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION IN PENNSYLVANIA'S MARCELLUS SHALE DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                              PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                              ENVS 498-148 SENIOR THESIS: OPTIONS AND APPROACHES FOR ELECTRIFYING PHILADELPHIA'S MUNICIPAL FLEET DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                ENVS 498-149 SENIOR THESIS: PREY SATURATION: AN IMPROVED METHOD FOR ESTIMATING MICROZOOPLANKTON GRAZING DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                  PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                  ENVS 498-150 SENIOR THESIS: POLITICAL AND CULTURAL FACETS OF CORAL REEF CONSERVATION POLICY DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                    PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                    ENVS 498-151 SENIOR THESIS: REPRODUCTIVE CHARACTER DISPLACEMENT IN DROSOPHILA YAKUBA AND D.SANTOMEA DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                      PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                      ENVS 498-152 SENIOR THESIS: MAPPING FLOOD RISK AND PROPERTY VALUES IN MIAMI BEACH DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                        PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                        ENVS 498-153 SENIOR THESIS: A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS IN MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                          PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                          ENVS 498-154 SENIOR THESIS: UNDERSTANDING RECYCLING BEHAVIOR OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                            PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                            ENVS 498-155 SENIOR THESIS: INTERACTIONS OF CLIMATE,VEGETATION,AND FIRE IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                              PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                              ENVS 498-156 SENIOR THESIS: CLOSING THE LOOP BETWEEN PUBLIC & PRIVATE CLIMATE ADAPTATION IN AARHUS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                ENVS 498-157 SENIOR THESIS: INUNDATION DETECTION IN THE BRONX AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE RECOMMENDATIONS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                  PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                  ENVS 498-158 SENIOR THESIS: GREENING FAST FASHION:EVALUATING THE HIGG INDEX AND SUSTAINABLE MARKETING DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                    ENVS 498-159 SENIOR THESIS: BLEACHING & MORTALITY TRENDS OF P COMPRESSA & M. CAPITATA IN KANE'OHE BAY DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                      ENVS 498-160 SENIOR THESIS: AIR TOXICS: ADVERSE EFFECTS ON PREGNANCY OUTCOMES IN PHILADELPHIA DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                        ENVS 498-161 SENIOR THESIS: ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC U.S. HIGH SCHOOLS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                          ENVS 498-162 SENIOR THESIS: EFFECTIVENESS OF BEACH REPLENISHMENT METHODS IN RESPONSE TO EXTREME STORMS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                            ENVS 498-163 SENIOR THESIS: DETERMINING THE EPA'S APPROACH TO SUPERFUND CLEANUP AND ALTERNATE METHODS DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                              ENVS 498-164 SENIOR THESIS: COMPARING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF URBAN CSO PROGRAMS IN THE EASTERN US DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                                ENVS 498-165 SENIOR THESIS: GEOGRAPHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA IN AFRICA: KENYA CASE STUDY DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                                  ENVS 498-166 SENIOR THESIS: POLICY IMPLICATIONS FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE DROUGHT IMPACT AVOCADO FARMER CA DMOCHOWSKI, JANE The culmination of the Environmental Studies major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: ENVS 400-level course and declaration of the ENCVS major. The environmental Studies major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of ENVS 399 and two semesters of ENVS 498.
                                                                    ENVS 544-401 PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES WIGGIN, BETHANY W 0200PM-0500PM This broadly interdisciplinary course is designed for Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows in the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) who hail from departments across Arts and Sciences as well as other schools at the university. The course is also open to others with permission of the instructors. Work in environmental humanities by necessity spans academic disciplines. By design, it can also address and engage publics beyond traditional academic settings. This seminar, with limited enrollment, explores best practices in public environmental humanities. Students receive close mentoring to develop and execute cross-disciplinary, public engagement projects on the environment.
                                                                      ENVS 606-660 Studying Ornithological Principles & Behaviors to Indicate Ecosystem Health MCGRAW, MICHAEL
                                                                      FETTERMAN, ALISON
                                                                      W 0500PM-0800PM This class will explore the foundations of avifaunal biology and ecology using a combination of hands-on classroom and in-the-field experiences. Classroom content includes physiology, anatomy, and morphology of birds. The fall migration of birds in North America is an epic and often tragic event. Sampling birds in migration has resulted in foundational understandings about stopover habitats, species-specific energy budgets and has helped realize the complete life cycle of hundreds of species. We will enter the field and participate in actual ornithological research, explore avifaunal ecology through birdwatching, and meet with regional leaders in the ornithological field.
                                                                        ENVS 607-660 PUERTO RICO'S ECOLOGY WILLIG, SARAH M 0500PM-0800PM Puerto Rico has a varied climate, geology, and topography that combine with with periodic disturbance from hurricanes, landslides, and floods to produce a rich diversity of ecological systems (see Miller and Lugo, 2009). Extraction of the island's natural resources, agricultural production, and industrial, commercial, and residential development have greatly reduced the area of intact systems and put pressure on surviving remnants. Fortunately, there are protected natural areas (see map by Gould et al., 2011) that provide the opportunity to observe ecological patterns and processes of the tropics. We will spend a week exploring the island to capture its varied climate and bedrock represented in the wet forests of El Yunque on igneous rock, dry forests of Guanica on limestone, and dry to moist forests of Susua on serpentinite and Guajataca on limestone. We will also investigate the coastal systems of the Northeast Ecological Corridor, Guanica, and Cabo Rojo including coral reef, seagrass bed, beach, mangrove, rocky headland, and bioluminescent bay. The course will include regular Wednesday night classes leading up to the spring break trip during which we will review the literature and learn about the ecological systems of the island, including Penn research in the Luquillo Experimental Forest (see Harris et al., 2012), and view Taino artifacts from from the Penn Museum collection. Students will research a specific system or location that we will visit and present information on the interaction of abiotic and biotic factors to the class before we leave. Upon our return, students will complete a research project on a topic of interest related to the field trip and present findings and analysis in a class presentation and paper.
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                                                                          ENVS 611-660 Environmental Law for Environmental Professionals LISA, JOSEPH T 0430PM-0730PM
                                                                            ENVS 616-660 Risk Assessment: Science & Policy Challenges PEPINO, RICHARD R 0430PM-0730PM How do government policy-makers make decisions about potential threats to human health and the environment in the face of scientific uncertainty? The course develops the concept of Risk Assessment from the publication of the 1983 National Research Council (NRC) report commonly known as the "Red Book" which was used to rank the initial hazardous waste sites under the Superfund program. Using a variety of teaching tools, including lectures, panel discussions, and case studies, the course examines how public policy decisions regarding environmental risk are made and how effective those decisions are at reducing risks to affected populations. The course focuses on the complex interaction of science, economics, politics, laws, and regulations in dealing with environmental and public health risks. The course will begin with a review of the policy process and methods used in evaluating human health and environmental risks, including the traditional steps in the risk assessment process, including quantitative and qualitative aspects of hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. The course will then focus on how scientific uncertainty, risk perceptions, socio-economic disparities, risk communication, and politics influence environmental risk-based decision-making. Issues such as special populations (e.g., children, elderly, immune-compromised, woman of pregnancy age, etc.) must be considered when developing risk reduction strategies. The use of the "precautionary principle" will be discussed in the context of different types of environmental stressors (e.g., pesticides, chemicals, climate change, air pollution, water quality, and land use) and how this important controversial principle is applied differently in contrasting national and European risk management policies.
                                                                              ENVS 620-660 DEVELOPING ENV POLICY KULIK, MICHAEL R 0430PM-0730PM When we think of environmental policies in the USA, we may think of one or more laws geared to improve our nation's air, water, ecosystems, and biodiversity. However, environmental policies and policy-making comprise more than just specific laws and regulations. Making and implementing environmental policy is a process influenced by multiple political, cultural, and economic factors in addition to scientific factors, all of which impact the ability of policies to be effective, that is, to actually improve the environment. In this course, we develop a framework to analyze the effectiveness of the social actors, process and outcomes of environmental policy-making. We ask questions such as: How do policy makers define environmental problems and solutions? Who are the social actors involved in the process? How are policies created and negotiated? What underlying assumptions and realities about the roles of government and society shape policy instruments and design? Are science and risk accurate or distorted? How are social and environmental justice intertwined? To answer these complex questions, we contextualize and critically analyze policies to determine how both government and society impact on regulatory approaches. We study the institutions involved and examine social and ecological outcomes of environmental policies. We also discuss contemporary issues and policy situations that arise throughout the course of the semester, and comment on them in a class blog. Finally, students will select an environmental issue and formulate a policy proposal to recommend to decisionmakers.
                                                                                ENVS 634-660 WATER RESEARCH AND CONFERENCE IN INDIA LASKOWSKI, STANLEY
                                                                                DEB, ARUN
                                                                                This course will explore various themes such as the UN Millennium Development Goals, EPA regulatory practices, and global water policy and governance.
                                                                                  PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                                  ENVS 640-401 OCEAN-ATMOSPHERE DYNAMICS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE MARINOV, IRINA M 0200PM-0500PM This course covers the fundamentals of atmosphere and ocean dynamics, and aims to put these in the context of climate change in the 21st century. large-scale atmospheric and oceanic circulation, the global energy balance, and the global energy balance, and the global hydrological cycle. We will introduce concepts of fluid dynamics and we will apply these to the vertical and horizontal motions in the atmosphere and ocean. Concepts covered include: hydrostatic law, buoyancy and convection, basic equations of fluid motions, Hadley and Ferrel cells in the atmosphere, thermohaline circulation, Sverdrup ocean flow, modes of climate variability (El-Nino, North Atlantic Oscillation, Southern Annular Mode). The course will incorporate student led discussions based on readings of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and recent literature on climate change. Aimed at undergraduate or graduate students who have no prior knowledge of meteorology or oceanography or training in fluid mechanics. Previous background in calculus and/or introductory physics is helpful. This is a general course which spans many subdisciplines (fluid mechanics, atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology).
                                                                                    SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; SENIOR ASSOCIATES
                                                                                    ENVS 644-660 Energy, Waste & the Environment GIERE, RETO W 0500PM-0800PM The aim of this course is to provide an incentive to use geochemical and mineralogical principles to address and solve major environmental problems. The students identify the problems that are associated with different types of waste. This course covers a wide range of problems associated with the waste arising from the generation of electricity. The main topics will be the uranium cycle, characterization of nuclear waste, and the containment and disposal of nuclear waste. Based on insights from the nuclear fuel cycle, solutions are presented that diminish the environmental impacts of coal and biomass combustion products, incineration of municipal solid waste, toxic waste due to refuse incineration, and landfills and landfill gases.
                                                                                      ENVS 674-660 LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT ENGLISH, NANCY M 0500PM-0800PM In order to make sensible decisions on products or projects, people need to understand the environmental impacts of these actions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a process to assess environmental impacts throughout the different stages of a product or project's life. This seminar is intended to be comprehensive and covers material extraction, processing, manufacture, distribution, use and end of life reuse, recovery or disposal. The objective of conducting an LCA is to compare the full range of environmental impacts that emanate from the provision of these products or services and then use that information to improve the situation to minimize or eliminate harm. The focus of this class will be to understand the phases of an LCA as well as conduct LCAs that compare the impacts of two related options. This course will enable the student to conduct LCAs and examine the use of software that could be used in this regard.The classic examples are cloth vs. disposable diapers, paper vs. ceramic cups, and so on. This course will enable the student to conduct LCAs and examine the use of software that could be used in this regard. Prerequisite: If course requirement not met, permissionof instructor required.
                                                                                        ENVS 681-660 MODELING GEOGRAPH SPACE TOMLIN, CHARLES W 0500PM-0800PM This course explores the nature and use of raster-based geographic information systems (GIS) for the analysis and synthesis of spatial patterns and processes through 'cartographic modeling'. Cartographic modeling is a general but well defined methodology that can be used to address a wide variety of analytical mapping applications in a clear and consistent manner. It does so by decomposing both data and data-processing tasks into elemental components that can then be recomposed with relative ease and with great flexibility.
                                                                                          ENVS 682-660 Leading Change for Sustainability QUICK, KIMBERLY T 0600PM-0900PM Sustainability presents both a challenge and an opportunity for society. Issues like climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and population imbalance are stressing the planet's capacity in ways that threaten our ability to sustain thriving and just societies. At the same time, these systemic problems are unfolding too slowly to prompt most of us to take serious and significant action, or to trigger meaningful responses from our political and business leaders. People equate sustainability with efficiency, waste minimization, and pollution prevention - all worthy goals - but at the current rate of consumption and growth these approaches alone will not create the future of abundance and equity that we desire. To quote author and MIT professor John Ehrenfeld, "Reducing unsustainability - although critical - will not create sustainability." What will it take to extricate us from the current predicament and forge a new path? In this class, we will examine underlying psychological and cultural barriers to sustainability and discuss strategies for surmounting them. Students will learn leadership competencies and practices to help them more effectively lead change efforts for sustainability. Readings and discussions will explore the application of positive psychology to leverage the human technologies of creativity and collaboration in the pursuit of a more balanced and sustainable relationship with others and our ecosystems, and to shift the sustainability dialogue from the current problem-oriented approach to a vision of human wellbeing and planetary flourishing.
                                                                                            ENVS 699-660 MES CAPSTONE SEMINAR BORDEAUX, YVETTE T 0600PM-0900PM This course is designed to help students successfully complete their MES Capstone. A set of milestones will be set and regular meetings will be held in groups and individually to aid the student as they complete the research portion of their degree.We will be working together to complete a series of steps towards the final project. These steps fall into five major areas 1) Reviewing the literature; 2) Finding a model; 3) Framing your research; 4) managing data; and 5) Writing your results. Throughout the semester, we will also discuss career goals and the job search. Prerequisite: Project proposal and Online Application equired for course regisration. See MES Office and "Guide to the Capatone" for more information.
                                                                                              GEOL 103-601 Natural Disturbances and Disasters CRON, MITCH CANCELED Natural disturbances play a fundamental role in sculpturing landscapes and structuring natural and human-based ecosystems. This course explores the natural and social science of disturbances by analyzing their geologic causes, their ecological and social consequences, and the role of human behavior in disaster reduction and mitigation. Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, fires, and extraterrestrial impacts are analyzed and compared.
                                                                                                Physical World Sector (all classes) ONLY OPEN TO LPS STUDENTS; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                                                                                GEOL 125-001 EARTH THROUGH TIME WHADCOAT, SIOBHAN TR 1200PM-0130PM Origin of Earth, continents, and life. Continental movements, changing climates, and evolving life.
                                                                                                  Physical World Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                                                                                  GEOL 130-001 OCEANOGRAPHY: Oceans & Climate DMOCHOWSKI, JANE TR 0130PM-0300PM The oceans cover over 2/3 of the Earth's surface. This course introduces basic oceanographic concepts such as plate tectonics, marine sediments, physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, air-sea interactions, waves, tides, nutrient cycles in the ocean, biology of the oceans, and environmental issues related to the marine environment.
                                                                                                    Physical World Sector (all classes) STRUCTURED,ACTIVE,IN-CLASS LEARNING; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                                                                                    GEOL 130-002 OCEANOGRAPHY DMOCHOWSKI, JANE TR 1200PM-0130PM The oceans cover over 2/3 of the Earth's surface. This course introduces basic oceanographic concepts such as plate tectonics, marine sediments, physical and chemical properties of seawater, ocean circulation, air-sea interactions, waves, tides, nutrient cycles in the ocean, biology of the oceans, and environmental issues related to the marine environment.
                                                                                                      Physical World Sector (all classes) STRUCTURED,ACTIVE,IN-CLASS LEARNING; PHYSICAL WORLD SECTOR; COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                                                                                      GEOL 208-001 STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY GOLDSBY, DAVID MWF 0100PM-0200PM Introduction to deformation as a fundamental geologic process. Stress and strain; rock mechanics. Definition, measurement, geometrical and statistical analysis, and interpretation of structural features. Structural problems in the field. Maps, cross-sections, and three-dimensional visualization; regional structural geology. Three field trips required. Prerequisite: PHYS 150 strongly recommended.
                                                                                                        SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                                                                                        GEOL 208-101 LABORATORY GOLDSBY, DAVID R 0130PM-0300PM Introduction to deformation as a fundamental geologic process. Stress and strain; rock mechanics. Definition, measurement, geometrical and statistical analysis, and interpretation of structural features. Structural problems in the field. Maps, cross-sections, and three-dimensional visualization; regional structural geology. Three field trips required. Prerequisite: PHYS 150 strongly recommended.
                                                                                                          SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                                                                                          GEOL 305-401 EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES JEROLMACK, DOUGLAS MW 1000AM-1130AM Patterns on the Earth's surface arise due to the transport of sediment by waterand wind, with energy that is supplied by climate and tectonic deformation of the solid Earth. This course presents a treatment of the processes of erosion and deposition that shape landscapes. Emphasis will be placed on using simple physical principles as a tool for (a) understanding landscape patterns including drainage networks, river channels and deltas, desert dunes, and submarine channels, (b) reconstructing past environmental conditions using the sedimentary record, and (c) the management of rivers and landscapes under present and future climate scenarios. The course will conclude with a critical assessment of landscape evolution on other planets, including Mars.
                                                                                                            GEOL 317-001 PETROL & PETROG GIERE, RETO W 0200PM-0500PM Occurrences and origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks; phase equilibria in heterogeneous systems. Laboratory study of rocks and thin sections as a tool in interpretation of petrogenesis. Two field trips.
                                                                                                              GEOL 399-401 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES RESEARCH SEMINAR FOR JUNIORS ANDREWS, MARIA-ANTONIA T 0130PM-0430PM This seminar is designed to help Juniors prepare for the Senior Thesis research. Topic selection, advisor identification, funding options, and basic research methods will be discussed.
                                                                                                                GEOL 403-001 METEOROLOGY AND EARTH'S CLIMATE SYSTEM OMAR, GOMAA TR 1030AM-1150AM This course deals with the study of the two main parts of Earth's climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean. It explores, qualitatively and quantitatively,the physical laws, geological and geographical processes, and mass and energy budgets that govern these two parts and their combined influence on Earth's past and present climate. Main topics covered include, but not limited to, properties of air and water; physical balances; equilibrium states; transport of heat and mass; clouds; precipitation; storms; regional and global climate; ozone layer; seasons and climate; weather forecasting; atmospheric optics; ocean currents; ocean bathymetry, salinity, and atmospheric forcing; history of Earth's changing climate in the geologic record, global warming, and how climate impacts humans and how do humans impact climate.
                                                                                                                  SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                                                                                                  GEOL 403-101 LABORATORY OMAR, GOMAA R 0130PM-0400PM This course deals with the study of the two main parts of Earth's climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean. It explores, qualitatively and quantitatively,the physical laws, geological and geographical processes, and mass and energy budgets that govern these two parts and their combined influence on Earth's past and present climate. Main topics covered include, but not limited to, properties of air and water; physical balances; equilibrium states; transport of heat and mass; clouds; precipitation; storms; regional and global climate; ozone layer; seasons and climate; weather forecasting; atmospheric optics; ocean currents; ocean bathymetry, salinity, and atmospheric forcing; history of Earth's changing climate in the geologic record, global warming, and how climate impacts humans and how do humans impact climate.
                                                                                                                    SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                                                                                                    GEOL 403-789 LABORATORY This course deals with the study of the two main parts of Earth's climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean. It explores, qualitatively and quantitatively,the physical laws, geological and geographical processes, and mass and energy budgets that govern these two parts and their combined influence on Earth's past and present climate. Main topics covered include, but not limited to, properties of air and water; physical balances; equilibrium states; transport of heat and mass; clouds; precipitation; storms; regional and global climate; ozone layer; seasons and climate; weather forecasting; atmospheric optics; ocean currents; ocean bathymetry, salinity, and atmospheric forcing; history of Earth's changing climate in the geologic record, global warming, and how climate impacts humans and how do humans impact climate.
                                                                                                                      SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
                                                                                                                      GEOL 424-001 GEOMICROBIOLOGY PEREZ-RODRIGUEZ, ILEANA TR 1030AM-1200PM Microorganisms inhabit almost every conceivable environment on the planet's surface, and extent the biosphere to depths of several kilometers into th ecrust. Significantly, the chemical reactivity and metabolic diversity displayed by microbial communities make them integral components of global elemental cycles, from mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions, to aqueous reduction-oxidation processes. In that regard, microorganisms have helped shape our planet overthe past 4 billion years and made it habitable for higher forms of life. In this course we will evaluate the geological consequences of microbial activities, by taking am interdisciplinary and "global" view of microbe-environment interactions.
                                                                                                                        GEOL 498-001 SENIOR THESIS GOLDSBY, DAVID W 1200PM-0100PM The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
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                                                                                                                          GEOL 498-140 SENIOR THESIS: DETERMINING GROWTH RANGE OF C.MEDIATLANTICUS IN VITRO WITH ELEMENTAL S GOLDSBY, DAVID The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
                                                                                                                            PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                                                                            GEOL 498-141 SENIOR THESIS: GROWING RISKS OF SALTWATER INTRUSION IN THE BISCAYNE AQUIFER GOLDSBY, DAVID The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
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                                                                                                                              GEOL 498-142 SENIOR THESIS: COAL MINE SOIL TRANSPORT IN THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER GOLDSBY, DAVID The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
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                                                                                                                                GEOL 498-143 SENIOR THESIS: BIOCHAR AS A REMEDIATION TOOL FOR LEAD CONTAMINATED URBAN SOILS GOLDSBY, DAVID The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
                                                                                                                                  GEOL 498-144 SENIOR THESIS: THE STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION OF ELONGATE ROSTRA IN RAY-FINNED FISHES GOLDSBY, DAVID The culmination of the Earth Science major. Students, while working with an advisor in their concentration, conduct research and write a thesis. Prerequisite: GEOL 400-level and declaration of the EASC major. The Earth Science major, as of the fall of 2008, requires 1 semester of GEOL 399 and two semesters of GEOL 498.
                                                                                                                                    GEOL 500-301 ADVANCED EARTH SYSTEMS PHIPPS, STEPHEN MWF 0200PM-0300PM An examination of Earth's physical system--from core to atmosphere--from a broad, interlocking, high-level perspective, emphasizing fundamental patterns and processes, and de-emphasizing classification and terminology. The course will also touch on some of the interactions between physical and biological systems.
                                                                                                                                      GEOL 508-301 GEOL AND GEOG OF ENERGY PHIPPS, STEPHEN MWF 0400PM-0500PM This course will survey the way geology controls the formation and location of energy resources. Questions we'll address include, "How are oil and gas fields formed?", "Why does the Middle East have so much oil?", "What are the best locations in the US for wind and solar energy generation, and why?". We will discuss hydrocarbon, nuclear, solar, wind, and tidal energy sources. Prerequisite: Possible field trips.
                                                                                                                                        GEOL 545-401 ADV EARTH SURF PROCESSES JEROLMACK, DOUGLAS MW 1000AM-1130AM Pattern on the Earth's surface arise due to the transport of sediment by water and wind, with energy that is supplied by climate and tectonic deformation of the solid Earth. This course presents a treatment of the processes of erosion and deposition that shape landscapes. Emphasis will be placed on using simple physical principles as a tool for (a) understanding landscape patterns including drainage networks, river channels and deltas, desert dunes, and submarine channels, (b) reconstructing past environmental conditions using the sedimentary record, and (c) the management of rivers and landscapes under present and future climate scenarios. The course will conclude with a critical assessment of landscape evolution on other planets, including Mars.
                                                                                                                                          GEOL 643-690 Sustainable Development of Water Resource Systems SAUDER, J. W 0500PM-0800PM The evaluation of technical, social and economic constraints on the design of water supply and sanitation projects. The focus on sustainable design emphasizes how technical solutions fit within the appropriate social context. Case studies are used to demonstrate these principles across a range of examples from developed and developing countries including detailed studies from rural communities with limited resources.
                                                                                                                                            GEOL 644-690 ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE CRON, MITCH R 0600PM-0900PM The superfund law authorizes the president to respond to releases of hazardous substances into the environment in order to protect public health and the environment. This course will focus on topics related to such responses, including environmental investigation and risk assessment, environmental remediation techniques, and related topics.
                                                                                                                                              GEOL 656-690 Fate and Transport of Pollutants MASTROPAOLO, CARL W 0500PM-0800PM This course covers basic groundwater flow and solute transport modeling in one-,two- and three-dimensions. After first reviewing the principles of modeling, the student will gain hands-on experience by conducting simulations on the computer. The modeling programs used in the course are MODFLOW (USGS), MT3D, and the US Army Corps of Engineers GMS (Groundwater Modeling System).
                                                                                                                                                GEOL 661-690 Environmental Groundwater Hydrology MASTROPAOLO, CARL M 0500PM-0800PM This course is designed to introduce the major definitions and concepts regarding groundwater flow and contaminant transport. The theory and underlying concepts, including mathematical derivations of governing equations used to model groundwater flow and contaminant transport, will be discussed and applications to environmental problems addressed. Upon completion of this course, students should expect to have acquired the skills necessary to pursue course work in flow and transport numerical and analytical modeling.
                                                                                                                                                  GEOL 668-690 GEOMECHANICS: FLUIDS DUDA, GEORGE T 0600PM-0900PM Static and Dynamic mechanical properties of fluid in earth materials, as applied to the Hydrologic Sciences; Principles of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics applied to open channel flow in earth materials; flow through gates, weirs, spillways, and culverts; Applications of Darcy's Law to subsurface flow and seepage.
                                                                                                                                                    GEOL 680-690 Interpretation of Near-surface Geologic Structure for Engineering and Envir FREED, CHAD R 0600PM-0900PM The course introduces the basic principles of structural geology and their applications to engineering and environmental site characterization. Includes the mechanisms for the deformation and failure of the earth's crust, folded and faulted structures, and the orthogonal and stereographic solutions to characterize near-surface geologic structure. It also includes the construction and interpretation of geologic maps, geologic cross sections and block diagrams. Emphasis is placed on the graphical representation of subsurface data, including the use of selected computer programs, and the integration of the data to solve problems encountered in engineering and environmental projects.
                                                                                                                                                      GEOL 699-690 PROJECT DESIGN BORDEAUX, YVETTE T 0600PM-0900PM This course is designed to prepare Master of Science in Applied Geosciences students to undertake their Project Design exercise. In this course, we discuss how to identify an appropriate research project, how to design a research plan, and how to prepare a detailed proposal. By the end of the course, each student is expected to have completed a Project Design proposal.
                                                                                                                                                        GEOL 750-301 TOPICS IN EARTH SCIENCE FRANCISCO, JOSEPH T 0600PM-0800PM
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                                                                                                                                                        This course will use the weekly EES seminar series to survey historic breakthrogh papers or topics in the earth sciences, as well as modern papers - written by the seminar speakers - that often put the classics in perspective. Graduate students (Ph.D. only) in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science will engage in the material through reading, presentation, and discussion. The course has several goals. (1.) To engender an understanding and appreciation of major breakthroughs in our field. (2.) To develop skills in presenting and discussing scientific results. And (3.) to refine students' understanding of what constitutes great science.

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