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Environmental Program

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Professors DROSSMAN, Associate Professors PERRAMOND, HOURDEQUIN (Chair), KUMMEL; Assistant Professor BARNES; Distinguished Lecturer and Legal Scholar-in-Residence KANNAN; Visiting Assistant Professor M. LEE; Visiting Assistant Professor J.LEE

The Environmental Program includes coursework in environmental science and policy. The environmental science major includes an integrated major with an interdisciplinary focus, as well as disciplinary tracks in environmental physics and environmental chemistry. The environmental policy major offers an integrated environmental major with emphasis on political science and economics.

An environmental issues minor is available (see Thematic Minors) that can be used with any departmental major. There are also options under environmental studies LAS majors.

Major Requirements

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The environmental science major has three tracks:

  • Integrated Major
  • Chemistry Concentration
  • Physics Concentration

 All environmental science majors require the following:

  1. The integrated major or a major in environmental chemistry or environmental physics
  2. A capstone experience that includes Environmental Management (EV 321); Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units); and either Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420). (2 units)

Updated Major Tracks

The requirements for fulfillment of the EV major tracks were updated in spring 2013, and we are currently transitioning to the updated track. The changes affected the integrated science major track most significantly, and both the updated and old integrated major requirements are listed below. The chemistry and physics tracks changed minimally. As noted below, students completing the old major requirements under the chemistry or physics track should follow the requirements as listed, plus take EV 221: Environmental Inquiry.

In 2014-15:

First- and second-year students (classes of 2017 and 2018) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements.

Juniors (class of 2016) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements, unless they declared the old major during the 2013-14 academic year.

Seniors (graduating December 2014 or Spring 2015) are governed by the old major requirements.

Updated EV-Integrated Science Major Requirements

Total of 16 total units (14 required + 2 electives)

Introductory EV base (2 units)

  • EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • EV141 Sustainable Development

Natural Science Sequence (7 units)

  • EV155 Intro Earth Systems Science or GY140 Physical Geology
  • MA126 Calculus I
  • EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data or MA117 Probability and Statistics or MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling or BY220 Biostatistics and Environmental Design
  • EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
  • EV209 Ecology
  • EV212 Energy
  • EV311 Water or EV431 Air

Social Science Sequence (3 units)

  • EV271 Environmental Policy

  • SO130 Environmental Sociology or EV277 Ecofeminism or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

  • EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry, or EV 273 Environmental History, or EV 255 Nature and Society

Thematic Electives (2 units)

  • These electives must be chosen with your advisor, and at least one must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Possibilities include the following (for illustration only; other combinations are possible): After EV209 Ecology: EV 422 Biogeochemical & Ecosystem Ecology and BY308 Advanced Ecology; After EV155: GY250 Hydrology and GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology; After core courses: one methods course plus one advanced thematic course (to prepare for capstone)

Capstones (2 units, plus Senior Seminar)

  • EV321 Environmental Management

  • EV421 Environmental Synthesis or EV 420 Senior Paper or EV499 Thesis


  • In addition, all students must take the year-long Senior Seminar (EV 490), which is graded pass/fail and carries 0 units of credit.

Old EV-Integrated Science Major Requirements

NOTE: These requirements apply only to students in the classes of 2014 and 2015, and to those 2016 graduates who elected the old major during the 2013-14 academic year.

Total of 15 units


  • Introduction to Global Climate Change (EV 128)
  • Calculus I (MA 126)
  • Physical Geology (GY 140 or GY 130)
  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Environmental Ethics (EV281/PH 246 or EV 275 Nature and Society or EV 273 Environmental History or FG 215 Ecofeminism or EV 130 Environmental Sociology)
  • Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles (EV 211)
  • Analysis of Environmental Data (EV 228 or BY 220 or MA 117 or MA 217)
  • Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics (EV 212)
  • Ecology and the Environment (EV 209)
  • Water: Hydrology, Aquatic Chemistry and Ecology (EV 311)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

CAPSTONES (3 units plus Senior Seminar):

  • Environmental Inquiry (EV 221)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV420)
  • Plus the year-long Senior Seminar (EV 490). EV 490 is graded pass/fail and is required but carries 0 units of credit.

Chemistry Concentration Requirements:

Total of 15 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • General Chemistry I & II (CH 107 and 108)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH 250)
  • Analytical Chemistry or Bioanalytical Chemistry (CH 241 or CH 345)
  • Calculus I and II (MA 126 and 129)
  • Classical Physics I and II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

And any three of the following:

Organic Chemistry II (CH 251); Environmental Chemistry (CH 210); Organic Chemistry III (CH 351); Instrumental Analysis (CH 342); Biochemistry I (CH 382), Biochemistry II (CH 383), Physical Chemistry I (CH 366); Physical Chemistry II (CH 367); Inorganic Chemistry (CH 475); Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

Students are encouraged to take the three advanced classes as a concerted sequence that can lead to graduate studies or careers in areas such as toxicology: CH 251, CH 382, CH 383 with CH 345, or atmospheric chemistry: CH 366, CH 367, and EV 431.

Research in Environmental Chemistry and a field biology or geology course are also recommended.

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

Physics Concentration Requirements:

Total of 14 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with emphasis in physics is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Calculus I, II, & III (MA 126, 129, and 203)
  • Introductory Classical Physics I & II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Modern Physics (PC 251)
  • Electronics (PC 261)
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics (PC 361)
  • Mechanics I (PC 341)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

A field biology or geology course is also recommended. A student interested in graduate school or an environmental science career in fields such as Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Geophysics, and Oceanography should take additional courses, such as differential equations, computer science, chemistry, and more physics.

Environmental Policy Major

Updated EV Policy Major

The requirements for fulfillment of the EV policy major were updated in spring 2013, and we are currently transitioning to the updated track.

In 2014-15:

First- and second-year students (classes of 2017 and 2018) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements.

Juniors (class of 2016) will be governed by the updated (current) major requirements, unless they declared the old major during the 2013-14 academic year.

Seniors (graduating December 2014 or Spring 2015) are governed by the old major requirements.

Updated Environmental Policy Major Requirements

16 units total (14 required + 2 electives)

Introductory framework: (2 units)

  • EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • EV141 Sustainable Development

Natural Sciences/Quantitative (3 units)

  • EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles or

EV209 Ecology and the Environment

  • MA126 Calculus 1 (or equivalent)
  • MA117 Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)

Economics (2 units)

  • EC150 Principles of Economics, or

EC151 Principles of Microeconomics and EC152 Principles of Macroeconomics

Domestic Policy (2 units)

  • EV271 Environmental Policy
  • EV373/PS321 Public Policymaking

International Environmental Policy (1 unit)

  • EV374 Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons or PS356 Global Environmental Policy or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest or SO130 Environmental Sociology

Environmental Humanities (1 unit)

  • EV255 Nature and Society or EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry

Thematic Electives (2 units)

  • These electives must be chosen with your advisor, and at least one must be at the 300-400 level.
  • These are in addition to courses taken to fulfill the requirements above. However, courses from the list above may serve as electives, as long as they are not “double-counted.” A student interested in international environmental policy, for example, might take EV 374 to fulfill the requirement and PS 356 as an elective.

Examples (for illustration; many other options are possible):

  • EC207 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory and EC404 Natural Resource Economics
  • EV 209 Ecology and EV341 Ecological Economics
  • EV260 Restoration Ecology and BY308 Advanced Ecology
  • EV277 Ecofeminism and SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest
  • EV222 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science and a thematic focus course

Capstones (2 units, plus Senior Seminar)

  • EV321 Environmental Management

  • EV421 Environmental Synthesis or EV 420 Senior Paper or EV499 Thesis


  • In addition, all students must take the year-long Senior Seminar (EV 490), which is graded pass/fail and carries 0 units of credit.

Old Environmental Policy Major Requirements

16 units total.

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • Introduction to Global Climate Change (EV128)
  • Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles (EV211)
  • Calculus I (MA126)
  • Analysis of Environmental Data (EV228) or Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BY220) or Probability and Statistics (MA117) or Probability and Statistical Modeling (MA217)
  • Principles of Economics (EC150, 2 units) or Principles of Microeconomics (EC151) and Principles of Macroeconomics (EC152)
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (EC207)
  • Public Policymaking (PS321/EV373, 2 units)

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Environmental Ethics (EV281/PH246) or Nature and Society (EV275) or Environmental History (EV273) or Ecofeminism (FG215) or Environmental Sociology (EV130) Political Science and Economics (5 units)

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Introduction to International Political Economy (PS375/EC375) or Democracy and Markets (PS 306) or Introduction to International Development (PS 253, pending course approval by the faculty) or Global Environmental Policy (PS 356, pending course approval by the faculty)

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons (EV374/ PS324) or Environmental Policy (EV271) or Environmental Health and Security (PS358, pending course approval by the faculty)

AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

Political Ecology of the Southwest (SW301) or Ecological Economics and Sustainability (EV341/EC341/SW341) or Global Environmental Economics (EC335) or Advanced Topics in Economics: Global Environmental Economics (EC390) or Economic Development (EC337) or Public Finance (EC330) or International Trade (EC342) or Natural Resource Economics (EC404)

CAPSTONES (3 units + Senior Seminar):

Environmental Inquiry (EV 221)

Environmental Management (EV 321)

Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV420)

Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fall, 0 units)

Minor Requirements

EV Minor

New Environmental Issues Minor Requirements
Approved December 2013
Advisors - Burns, Hourdequin

This minor is intended to provide a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and opportunities. For exceptions to the list below, a formal written proposal of the alternative(s) desired should be given to the minor advisors before taking the course(s), especially if the course is not a Colorado College course. Note also: No more than ONE course from your major department may be used to fultill requirements in the minor. The Environmental Issues Minor is comprised of six courses: an introductory course, four core courses, and a capstone course.

Introductory course:
EV128 - Introduction to Global Climate Change

Core Courses:
Students must take one course in each of the following areas, plus a second course in one area. One of the four courses must be at the 300- or 400- level. Selected environmentally-related topics courses in science, social science, and humanities may count toward these requirements with prior approval of the student's Environmental Issues minor advisor.

Environmental Science:
Any EV science course can count toward this requirement. Recommended courses include:
EV135 - Meteorology
EV155 - Introductory Earth Systems Science
EV209 - Ecology and the Environment
EV211 - Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
EV212 - Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics
EV228 - Analysis of Environmental Data
EV311 - Water: Hydrology, Aquatic Chemistry, and Ecology
EV422 - Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology
EV431 - Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Environmental Social Science:
Any EV social science course can count toward this requirement, as well as a number of courses in other departments. Recommended courses include:
EV141 - Sustainable Development
EV271 - Environmental Policy
EV277 - Ecofeminism
EV341 - Ecological Economics and Sustainability
EV374 - Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons
ED385 - Environmental Education
PS272/EV272 - Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
PS31/EV373* - Public Policymaking
PS334/EV334 - United States Environmental Movement (revised course, pending COI/faculty approval)
PS356 - Global Environmental Policy
PS358 - Environment, Health and Security
SO130/EV161 - Environmental Sociology
SW220 - Environmental Justice in the Southwest
SW230 - Native Americans Under Federal Law
SW272 - Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest
SW301 - Political Ecology of the Southwest

Environmental Humanities:
The following courses count toward this requirement:
EV221 - Environmental Inquiry
EV281 - Environmental Ethics
EV261 - Topics in Environmental Humanities
EN280 - Literature and the Environmental Imagination
HY212/EV273 - American Environmental History
HY255/EV255 - Nature and Society
TH240 - Environmental Design for Performance and Community Engagement

Capstone course:
EV321 - Environmental Management

Courses

Environmental Science

EV109 Winter Ecology

An introduction to winter-specific processes on the level of ecosystems, populations, and physiological adaptations of individual organisms. Includes hands-on field investigative projects for each of these three areas in snow-covered montane and high alpine environments. Topics include snow pack dynamics, vegetation-atmosphere-snowpack coupling, habitat use by non-hibernating animals via animal tracking, winter-specific plant adaptations, and aquatic ecosystem ecology under ice. Emphasis on how winter-specific processes constrain dynamics during the growing season. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

EV120 Topics in Environmental Science

Selected topics of current societal interest that relate to our environment offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of natural science credit, a few of which may meet the lab or field requirement. Only one such unit may be counted toward the natural science requirements.

.5 unit

EV121 Energy: Environmental

This course provides an overview of this interdisciplinary field at a level appropriate even for non-science majors, applying concepts, methods, and models from many disciplines to the major problems facing a sustainable management of the environment. The complex interactions of the 'biosphere,' the human systems that make up the 'sociosphere,' and the physical Earth systems that support them are considered. (Does not meet the field/lab credit.) (Not offered 2014-15).

1 to 2 units

EV127 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Explores the basics of computer-based information analysis and manipulation. Teaches students fundamentals of basic GIS tasks: mapmaking, spatial analysis, and database creation. Students learn to use software that links these three functions together. Computer-based exercises are used both in class to teach fundamentals, and in labs that assist students to learn and use basic GIS tools.

.5 unit — Gottfried

EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change

Introduction to the contemporary Earth climate system that focuses on the roles of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and land surface, and an overview of how this system has changed in the past and is predicted to change in the future. Includes the use of mathematical models to describe complex systems and the role of policy, economics, and ethics in mitigating human impact. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

1 unit — Barnes, Fricke, Kummel, Lee

EV135 Meteorology

Basic physics principles introduced and used to study dynamic processes in the atmosphere: atmospheric energy flow, solar radiation, green house effect, large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, small scale processes including clouds and storms, weather forecasting, humanity's impact on weather and climate. Laboratory and field experiments and trips will be utilized. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

EV141 Sustainable Development

Investigates the concept of sustainable development by first introducing the necessary economic terms and concepts. It next explores traditional economic models of production and distribution. Finally it introduces the concept of sustainable development (meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs). It includes fieldwork to explore the behavior of traditional economic models and examples of sustainable development. Counts as one unit of social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit.

Prerequisite: No EC credit after Economics 150, 151, 152 or 160 & May not be counted toward Econ or Poli Econ majors.

Also listed as Economics 141.

1 unit — Lee, McKendry

EV155 Introductory Earth Systems Science

An overview of the Earth's surface systems including lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Course will also examine fluxes among these systems such as soil-forming processes, hydrologic processes, and biogeochemical cycles. (Meets the laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

1 unit — Barnes

EV161 Environmental Sociology

The relationship between human societies and their natural and built environments. Topics may include the social construction of nature; the relationships between capitalism, materialism, and environmental degradation at local and global levels; urban development and growth; environmental racism; environmental justice and activism; the politics of environmental regulation and resource management; and the prospects for environmental sustainability. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Also listed as Sociology 130.

1 unit — Roberts

EV209 Ecology and the Environment

The analysis of distributions, abundances, and interrelationships of organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems with an emphasis on environmental applications. (No credit if taken after BY 208). Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 211.

1 unit — Kummel, Snyder

EV210 Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to chemical pollutants in the 'compartments' of air, water, and soil, and calculation and measurement of their levels using the principles of general chemistry. Chemical perspectives on problems such as toxicology, global warming, the ozone hole, food shortages, and waste disposal are also discussed. Includes a significant laboratory component involving the statistical and instrumental analysis of samples collected in the field. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Chemistry 108 or 250 & Biology 208 or Geology 130 or 140.

1 unit

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles

An introduction to the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment and the cycles of matter and energy that transport the Earth's chemical components in time and space. Course includes a significant emphasis on mathematical modeling of radiative transfer, the global hydrologic, carbon and nitrogen cycles, and the implications of human effects on these processes to (No credit for this course for students who have completed Chemistry 108).

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 128 and Mathematics 126.

1 unit — Barnes, Drossman, Lee

EV212 Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics

Study of the generation and use of energy in an industrial society, environmental problems created by our energy use, and the physical and chemical principles underlying these issues. Scientific principles include: energy and the laws of thermodynamics, and the chemical equilibrium and kinetics needed to understand chemical systems as means of energy storage. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 211 or the following: Chemistry 107, Environmental Science 128, amd Mathematics 126 (or Mathematics 125).

1 unit — Lee, Whitten

EV221 Environmental Inquiry

This class is designed to serve as the first integrative 'capstone' course for prospective Environmental Science majors. By focusing on diverse, multidisciplinary forms of inquiry - from scientific inquiry to governmental policy studies to business sector position papers and contributions from the humanities - this course will provide a structured analysis for exploring selected environmental issues and how they are viewed through diverse types of inquiry. The intended outcome is a comprehensive framework students will take with them into future courses that facilitates a broad approach to 'inquiring' about any environmental issue or problem and detecting narrowness and bias in the arguments made by others concerning environmental challenges, issues, and problems.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 128 and Environmental Science 228 (or Mathematics 117 or Biology 220). Also open to declared EV Chemistry & EV Physics majors who have completed Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (Environmental Science 141 or Economics 151) and Environmental Policy (Environmental Science 271 or Political Science 321).

Also listed as Theatre 240.

1 unit — Davis-Green, Drossman, Lee

EV222 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science

Dynamic system modeling applied to environmental examples. Some data analysis and estimation techniques to determine functional relationships and parameters for building models. Analysis of equilibrium and other key system behavior in the context of population models, the carbon cycle, and other ecological phenomena. (Does not meet the laboratory/field requirement for the natural sciences.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Mathematics 125, 125 or 127 (Environmental Science 221 recommended).

1 unit

EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 126 or 125 or 127 or HS equivalent (Calculus I).

Also listed as Mathematics 218.

1 unit — McDougall

EV255 Nature & Society

The course examines the interaction between Europeans and the natural world from the Renaissance to the present. It looks at how nature shaped the ways Europeans lived and worked and how, in turn, they thought about and behaved toward nature. In particular, it explores the impact of the Scientific Revolution, industrialization, and mass culture on the changing interplay between nature, society, and culture.

Also listed as History 255.

1 unit — Ashley

EV260 Topics in Environmental Social Sciences

Selected topics of current societal interest that relate to our environment offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of social science credit. Only one such unit may be counted toward the social science requirements.

Also listed as Education 250 and Geology 250.

.5 or 1 unit — Drossman, Hourdequin, Kannan, Lee

EV261 Topics in Environmental Humanities

Selected environmentally-related topics courses taught from the perspectives of the humanities.

Also listed as English 280 and English 286 and Film and New Media Studies 210 and Film Studies 218 and General Studies 222 and Philosophy 204 and Philosophy 303 and Southwest Studies 200.

1 unit — Drummond, Hourdequin, Mason, Riker

EV271 Environmental Policy

This course will consider environmental policy and law, the role of policy and law in protecting the environment, policymaking, policy strategies, and the relationship of environmental policy, law and science. Counts as one unit of social science credit.

Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level EV class or consent of instructor (Economics 150, 151/152 or Environmental Science 141 recommended).

1 unit — Kannan

EV272 Cities, Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Examines the relationship between cities and nature, with a particular emphasis on current efforts by cities around the world to become more environmentally sustainable. Explores the meanings of sustainability in the context of urban areas, and how these meanings differ among cities in the Global North and the Global South. Considers the major political challenges that cities face in their efforts to reduce their environmental impact and questions of environmental justice. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

EV273 American Environmental History

A survey of American history from the perspective of the environment, beginning with the biological and cultural invasion of the New World in 1492 and ending with current environmental problems and their historical roots. Topics include Native American vs. Euro-American views of nature, the impact of changing economic systems on the environment, and the impact of the landscape on various American cultures. Counts as one unit of social science credit. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

EV277 Ecofeminism

The interconnections between feminism and ecology. Ecofeminism explores the links between systems of domination such as sexism, racism, economic exploitation and the ecological crisis. We will assess criticism of ecofeminism and evaluate the potential of this philosophy for political practice. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 215.

1 unit — Noblett

EV281 Environmental Ethics

Study of values underlying human relations to the natural environment. Conflicts between values. Preservation, conservation, and exploitation of natural resources. Problems in developing and applying a consistent land ethic. Some social, political, economic, and ecological aspects of current environmental crises. Counts as one unit of humanities credit.

Also listed as Philosophy 246.

1 unit — Hourdequin

EV293 Independent Research in Environmental Science

.5 to 1 unit

EV310 Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment

This course builds upon the skills developed in environmental chemistry or physical chemistry, making use of kinetic and thermodynamic models to examine how chemical pollutants are transported in the environment. Either significant computer simulations or laboratory investigations based on recent journal articles from areas such as the kinetics of metal adsorption on model soils, equilibrium concentrations of pesticide residues in biota based on octanol-water partitioning, and transport modeling of air particulates from an urban environment are included. (Available on a tutorial basis with instructor's consent.) (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Chemistry 342 or 366; or 210 & consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

EV311 Water: Hydrology, Aquatic, Chemistry, and Ecology

Introduction to the geochemcial, physical hydrological, and biological properties of water systems at the level of a watershed. Applies principles of surface hydrology, aguatic ecology, redox and acid-base chemistry, field sampling and experimental design. Includes a significant field and laboratory component. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 212 and Environmental Science 228 (or equilavent) and Geology 140 (or Geology 130), and Biology 208 or Environmental Science 209 required.

1 unit — Barnes, Kummel

EV320 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science

Selected environmental science topics that require a more advanced science background than those offered through EV 120. Offered when interest and opportunity arise. Counts as one unit of natural science credit, a few of which may meet the lab or field requirement. Usually at least one sophomore level science course is expected.)

1 unit

EV321 Environmental Management

Focuses on strategies used for the management of humankind's interaction with, and impact upon, the environment. Case studies will allow students to analyze and apply the precautionary principle, environmental assessment, environmental management systems, and planning as strategies of environmental management.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 221.

1 unit — Kannan, Perramond

EV334 The U.S. Environmental Movement

This course examines the politics of environmentalism and environmental activism in the United States. It focuses on the development and transformation of environmentalism as a social movement from its roots in the preservationists of the late 19thcentury, through the emergence of the modern environmental movement in the mid-twentieth century, up to through the challenges environmentalism has faced from across the political spectrum in the past thirty years. It also examines the principal debates that have divided the environmental movement itself, including the debate between conservationism and preservationism, the relationship between wilderness protection and environmental justice, and debates about the efficacy of the movement’s traditional focus on state regulation. Finally, the course investigates the successes and failures of the environmental movement and the challenges and opportunities that mark environmental politics today.

Prerequisite: Political Science 200 or Environmental Science 271 recommended.

Also listed as Political Science 334.

1 unit

EV335 Environmental Economics

Introduction to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer and the resulting climates of the world: thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature, role of water vapor and trace gasses in the global greenhouse effect, dynamics of the troposphere, evidence for climate change.

Prerequisite: Physics 251.

Also listed as Economics 335.

1 unit — Smith

EV341 Ecological Economics and Sustainability

Provides an introduction to ecological economics (an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and managing the ecology and economics of our world) and extends concepts of sustainability. It reviews options for economically efficient allocation of resources that also protect the stock of natural capital over time and space. It investigates the application of tools of analysis to a regional management problem in the American West. It includes fieldwork and may involve additional expense. (Counts as one unit of Social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit.)

Prerequisite: Econ Credit: Economics 150 (or 151 & 152); EnvSci Credit: EV/EC 141 and Economics 151.

1 unit — Lee

EV348 Economics of the Environment

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

EV373 Public Policymaking

Forces shaping public policies and decisions; internal politics of the national bureaucracy, the Presidency and Congress. Applies theories of policymaking to such cases as the environment, race and military affairs. (Counts as one unit of Social Science credit, but not as a natural science credit.)

Prerequisite: Political Science 200 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Political Science 321.

1 unit — Coggins

EV374 Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons

Examines the application of international policy and law in the protection of the global commons -- climate, biological diversity, the marine environment and the atmosphere. Considers the major issues -- pollution control, natural resource management, and trade -- and focuses on the international infrastructure and treaties that have been negotiated to regulate the environment -- the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

1 unit — Kannan

EV385 Environmental Education

An advanced course in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, environmental education is the process of understanding human interdependence with ecological systems. This course focuses on the purpose of environmental education as a means for critical, responsible decision making for the learner. The course builds knowledge that spans science, social science, and humanities disciplines in the development and evaluation of curriculum. Teaching methods specific to environmental and outdoor education is emphasized through a half-day practicum that spans through the course. Students develop a course project portfolio that meets expectations for environmental education certification from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.

1 unit

EV393 Independent Research in Environmental Science

.5 to 1 unit

EV420 Senior Paper

The Senior Paper is based on a critical assessment of an environmental issue from a scientific, social scientific, or humanistic perspective, and will include consideration of ten or more published works from the peer-reviewed literature. This topic may be related to a past research experience, internship, or coursework. This capstone experience will result in a significant paper, critically evaluating these readings, and an oral or poster presentation. The final presentation will be given to the EV Program as part of the Senior Seminar requirement.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

1 unit — Kannan

EV421 Environmental Synthesis

Research projects that focus on cross-disciplinary, cooperative learning experiences involving current problems from the regional community. Individual and team review of the current literature, culminating in a substantial written report.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 321.

1 unit — Perramond

EV422 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

This course explores how the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere in natural and managed (agricultural) systems. The primary focus will be on 1) vegetation-climate interactions and 2) vegetation-soil interactions including the cycling of biologically important elements. Students will gain hands-on research experience using analytical techniques in the field and the laboratory. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: (BY/EV 208) & (Environmental Science 155 or Geology 130 or 140) & (Mathematics 117 or Biology 220 or Economics 200) or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Kummel, Taber

EV431 Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Introduction to atmospheric circulation, radiation transfer, thermodynamics and radiation balance as they determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere and regulate the surface temperature. Kinetics, modeling, and reaction systems as they relate to air pollution and ozone chemistry in the stratosphere and troposphere. Course includes a student-designed laboratory/field project related to local air pollution issues. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement.

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 212 or Chemistry 108 and Physics 241 or Physics 251.

1 unit — Drossman, Lee

EV490 Senior Seminar Pass/Fail Only

An adjunct course spread out over the academic year in which guest lecturers and juniors and seniors orally present their independent research (either literature or laboratory) to the program students and faculty in an open forum for discussion. Required for an environmental science major. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis.)

Prerequisite: Required for majors.

Hourdequin

EV491 Environmental Science Practicum

Students are placed in organizations working on environmental issues where they work about five hours per week. Students meet in seminar twice a block. In the seminars and written work for the course, students explore the connection between environmental theory and environmental practice, the connections between academic environmental studies and work on behalf of the environment in the community. (Semester-long, extended-format course; to count for major course must be taken for an entire semester for credit with semester-long meetings). (Must be taken on a P/NC basis.) (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Environmental Science 322 or consent of instructor.

.25 to .5 units

EV493 Independent Research in Environmental Science

1 unit — Barnes

EV499 Senior Thesis:

A thesis topic to be chosen by a student with advice from a member (or members) of the Environmental Science Program. Upon presentation of thesis proposal by the student, program faculty will authorize or deny registration in 499.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & an appropriate research experience.

1 unit — Barnes, Drossman, Hourdequin, Kannan