Environmental Studies (ENS)

ENS 130. Ecology of Place: England's River Thames. 3 Credit Hours.

This core science course seeks to combine the science of stream structure and function and its interactions with the near-stream terrestrial ecosystem with the historical and cultural development of the human populations living along that stream. Our focus will be the River Thames, chosen because it is a large river system, but at the same time one that is contained in a fairly small, logistically workable watershed within which humans have a long, rich national history.

ENS 260. Sustainability: Ecological Entrepeneurship. 3 Credit Hours.

The concept and practice of Sustainable Growth and Development have generated increasing concern over the past four decades. Recently, due to a heightened focus on climate change, ecological damage, rising inequalities of resource distribution, etc., even more attention and effort have been directed toward the concept of Sustainability. This course explores the connections among science, technology, products, and markets in the service of society, (emphasizing that none of these forces works in a vacuum), in order to study the many aspects of sustainability. Students are encouraged to be entrepreneurs of sustainability, acting to find a balance among social, ecological, and economic needs. Course satisfies core natural science requirement. Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed Courses: ESS 260