Classes

NR791 - Capstone Experience

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

For juniors in Environmental Science - a seminar on planning and organizaing the capstone experience required for the major.  Topics include how to find the perfect (or best) internship, research or capstone experience, writing of CVs and letters of introduction, planning personal contacts, producing a contract for each student.

NR502 - Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

 

Forest ecosystems cover a large fraction of the Earth's land surface and are the most diverse and productive of natural biomes. This course introduces students to these complex systems and explores both the natural processes that regulate them and the environmental factors that cause change over time.  The goal of the class is increased understanding of where forests grow, how they work, what they provide us in products and services, aesthetics and recreation, and how they are affected by a changing global environment.  Content is organized around 5 general...

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NR403 - Introduction to Environmental Science

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

 

A multi-disciplinary introduction to Environmental Science, presenting basic concepts and controversies in geology, meteorology/hydrology, global biology and biogeochemistry, integrated through the study of the Earth as a system.  The course is divided into four sections addressing each of these four areas.  Energy will be used as a cross-cutting theme throughout the course.  Potential sources of energy from each of these components of the Earth system will be explored.  There will be a 1.5-hour lab period each week that will provide experience in...

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NR400 - Professional Perspectives in Environmental Science

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

The purpose of this one credit course is to introduce students entering the Environmental Sciences to faculty, topics, methods and questions at the forefront of current areas of research and engagement.  There will be one 1-hour presentation per week, with a different faculty members invited for each class. 

NR730 - Terrestrial Ecosystems

Semester: 

N/A

 

The course is presented in four sections.  The first introduces the basics of ecosystem studies, addressing fundamental principles and the challenges inherent in measuring the integrated function of large units of the landscape, and running experiments at this scale.  In the second section we drop down a level to examine the major processes (photosynthesis, decomposition, weathering) that control ecosystem response to environmental conditions.  In the third section we re-emerge at the ecosystem level to discuss how these processes interact at the whole-...

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