First Year Seminar in Environmental Science
Course Outline and Assignments
Introduces students to the multidisciplinary nature of environmental science and the solution of environmental problems.
The course is designed to prepare students for the two Co-Majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Principles & Practice and to enhance the first-year experience of residents in the Environmental Awareness Program Living Learning Community by introducing:
· Unique multidisciplinary approaches used by environmental scientists.
· Basic procedures and techniques used by environmental scientists in the context of specific biological and physical science issues.
· The breadth of activities involved in understanding complex Earth systems and in preventing and solving environmental problems.
· The social implications of environmental research and solutions.
William H. Renwick, Department of Geography, 216 Shideler, 529-5010, email@example.com. Office hours: by appointment. Phone me, email me, or contact Debbi White (216 Shideler; 529-5910; firstname.lastname@example.org)
James M. Rubenstein, Department of Geography, Chief
Advisor for Undergraduate Environmental Programs and for Urban & Regional
Office hours: 9-11 MWF in 211 Shideler (529-5025), 1.30-3.30 TR in 102 Boyd (529-5254)
1. Paper and poster due in class October 18.
2. Participation in class discussion and small-group projects.
All grades are credit / no credit (“pass/fail”), no letter grades in this class.
Readings will be assigned by individual guests one meeting in advance.
Session 1. August 23. Introduction to the course and to Miami’s Co-Majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Principles & Practice
Bill Renwick and Jim Rubenstein.
2. August 25. Environmental resources at Miami / environmental hazards in
Mark Boardman, Director of Institute of Environmental Sciences, 102 Boyd, 529-5811, email@example.com.
3. August 30. Primate field studies in national parks of developing
Linda Marchant, Department of Anthropology, 360 Upham, 529-1594, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. September 1. Human modifications of the hydrologic and carbon cycles.
No class Tuesday September 6. Monday/Tuesday exchange day.
Session 5. September 8. Habitat
fragmentation effects on animal populations.
Doug Meikle, Department of Zoology, 212 Pearson, 529-3100, email@example.com.
6. September 13. Preparation for small group field work + high gas prices—so
7. September 15. Sustainable technology.
James Williamson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (National Risk Management Research Laboratory Sustainable Environments Branch), 26 West Martin Luther King Dr., Mail Stop 498, Cincinnati, OH 45268. (513) 569-7501. firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. September 20. Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
Scott Johnston, Department of Architecture & Interior Design, 100B Alumni, 529-7041, email@example.com.
Session 9. September 22. Climate change.
Hays Cummins, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, 222 Boyd, 529-1338, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. September 27. Tropical forest conservation and sustainable development:
the role of botany.
David Gorchov, Department of Botany, 336 Pearson, 529-4205, email@example.com.
11. September 29. Sustainability: scientific and economic perspectives.
Jonathan Levy, Department of Geology, 108 Shideler, 529-1947, firstname.lastname@example.org and
Glenn Platt, Department of Marketing and Director of Interactive Media, 210B Laws, 529-6666, email@example.com
Sessions 12-14. October 4 through 13. Small group work.
Students will be divided into 5 groups of approx. eight, each assigned to an environmental scientist. The environmental scientist will introduce the group to a particular aspect of the practice of environmental science of concern to the individual. A four-hour block of time will be identified that fits with individual schedules. Class does not meet as a large group.
Session 15. October 18. Poster presentations by small groups and final discussions.