Environmental Studies Courses (Division 366)

The Environmental Studies Program is designed to complement a student's training in a particular discipline. It is not a concentration program although it is possible for a student to work out the equivalent of a major in environmental studies through the College's Individual Concentration Program. Interested students may contact Professor Donald Eschman, Director, 4010 C. C. Little (764-1482). The Environmental Studies Program currently consists of several environmental studies courses, providing three different levels of educational experience, plus a number of regular departmental courses cross-listed as Environmental Studies courses.

The first course level within the program consists of Environmental Studies 320. This lecture/discussion course is not so much concerned with particular environmental problems and solutions but instead is designed to provide an understanding of why such problems exist and what contributions the several disciplines can make toward the solution of the complex issues which these problems raise. It thus provides a rational view of the environmental concerns of the day. Environmental Studies 320 is not generally recommended to Freshmen. The second level of courses in the program provides a variety of perspectives from which to view and analyze areas of environmental concern. The exact nature of the courses offered on this level depends upon the individual or group of individuals teaching each course, and the topics vary from term to term. The third level of course work includes Environmental Studies 420 and 421 and is designed to provide the student, who has acquired a sound background in environmental studies through course work from the two lower levels of courses and through work in other departments and schools, with an opportunity to study, a particular environmental issue. It is the responsibility of the student to consider carefully a plan of study, to find others who might wish to work with him or her, and to attempt to find a faculty member to supervise the work.

320. Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).

This course does not focus on specific environmental problems, but instead emphasizes the basics that underlie such problems. It provides a broad, systematic introduction to this area, and students from diverse backgrounds are welcome. The course is organized around a series of lectures presented by faculty from many different departments and schools. Issues raised by these diverse lectures are discussed in the section meetings. Students are expected to prepare reading logs containing critical comments on course related material selected from the library. The course surveys the contributions made by various disciplines toward an understanding of the environment and its problems. Thus there is a consideration of earth, air, fire and water; plants and animals; and of humans and human institutions. Man is not an isolated phenomenon. He is a member of that larger class of living things that gradually emerged out of the chemistry of the earth, and man is still tied to and reflects that origin. Man has appeared rather recently on the evolutionary scene and has intimate ties not only with the earth but also with other organisms that share his environment. He, like other animals, depends on plants for his very existence and is dependent on other animals in many ways. He even achieves some insight into his own nature by observing the way other animals behave. Yet he has developed new forms of organization and technology that have brought him problems never before faced by an organism on earth. (Eschman)

349/Geol. 282. Environmental Geology. (3). (NS).

See Geol. 282. (Dorr)

350/Geol. 281. Environmental Geology. (4). (NS).

See Geology 281. (Dorr)

406/Hist. of Art 406. Art and the Visual Environment. (3). (HU).

Case studies in relationships of art to nature, with emphasis on England and America from the picturesque garden of the 18th century to the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 20th century. Painting, landscape gardening, architecture and aesthetics will be studied with reference to changing ideas about nature. Developments in political, social and intellectual life will be taken into account as they bear on the artist's attitudes towards landscape. Thus, for example, landscape gardening testifies in the Enlightenment to a new ideal of reconciling freedom and order, and in the Romantic period to a concern for the moral elevation of urban populations. In the era of Manifest Destiny, Americans faced the task of adapting to the portrayal of a continent a tradition in landscape painting that had been created by the English, an island people. Throughout the 19th century the progress of science precipitated a succession of redefinitions of mankind's place in nature: at one point landscape appeared to be fraught with prophecy, at another to be devoid of all teleological meaning. The visual arts demonstrate graphically how modes of seeing depend upon modes of consciousness. Understanding the vision of other generations should enrich and refine our own vision and sensitize us to possibilities in relating art to nature. Grades will be based on tests and papers. A previous course in art history, while desirable, is not necessary. (Huntington)

408/Phil. 357. Ecology: A Philosophical Perspective. (3). (HU).

See Philosophy 357. (Mavrodes)

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