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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

ENVS-396
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

ENVS-396
002
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Ecological Applications

A key requirement in addressing many of today's environmental issues is a sound understanding of ecological principles. Thus, the goals of this course are to: provide a survey of these principles, including species interactions, population genetics and demographics, community structure and organization, ecosystem function, and apply these principles to real-world problems.

ENVS-396
001
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Environmental Methods

This is a hands-on, field-based course, with half of the class periods spent outside using environmental science methods to learn about the local environment. Students analyze data from AU's weather station and learn how to use that data to characterize the University's water budget, read topographic maps, core trees, analyze soil samples, use radon, piezometers and discharge measurements to understand groundwater seepage into streams, assess stream water quality, and much more. In addition to learning how to measure things in the field and lab, this course focuses on other aspects of field science, including generating and testing hypotheses, keeping a notebook, and writing reports.