EESC BC 1001x Environmental Science I
Integrated study of the Hudson River ecosystem and local environment with
emphasis on its natural history, physical dynamics, chemistry and pollutant
history, energy flow and nutrient cycling and the structure and functioning
of ecosystems, and the causes and impact of climate change. Includes readings
from Robert Boyle's The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural
History, Rachel Carson's "Flood Tide", Farley Mowat's Never Cry
Wolf, and Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Students must also sign up for the corresponding lab course, EESC BC1011 to receive credit. Note BC1001 is not required for an environmental policy major. Laboratory fee $30. Lab Required.
EESC BC 1002y Environmental Science II
Interdisciplinary, integrated study of groundwater, radionuclides, toxics,
and human health in the context of a semester-long, detailed exploration of a
brownfield, a contaminated aquifer, and its impact on a local community using
the award-winning Brownfield Action simulation. Includes a reading of
Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action and Rachel Carson's Silent
Spring. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. BC1001. Course is not required for an environmental policy major. Laboratory fee $30. Students must enroll in the corresponding lab course, EESC BC1012, to receive credit. Lab Required.
EESC BC 1011x Environmental Science Science I Lab
EESC BC 1012y Environmental Science Science I Lab
EESC V 2100x and y Earth's Environmental Systems:
Studies formation of winds, storms, and ocean currents. Recent influence of
human activity: global warming, and climate change. Laboratory exploration of
topics through demonstrations, experimentation, computer data analysis, and
Prerequisites: High school algebra. Recommended preparation: High school chemistry/physics, and one semester college science. Enrollment limited. Lab Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
EESC V 2200x Earth's Environmental Systems: Solid
Studies plate tectonics: Origin and development of continents, ocean basins,
mountain systems on land and sea. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes,
diamonds, oil. Land-use planning for resource development and conservation.
Laboratory exploration of topics through demonstrations, experimentation,
computer data analysis, and modeling.
Lab Required. BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)..
EESC V 2300y Earth's Environmental Systems: Life
Examines role of life in biogeochemical cycles, relationship of biodiversity
and evolution to the physical earth, vulnerability of ecosystems to
environmental change: causes and effects of extinctions through geologic time
(dinosaurs and mammoths) and today. Exploration of topics through
laboratories, demonstrations, computer data analysis, modeling, and field
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Lab Required. BC: Partial Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Laboratory Science (SCI)..
EESC BC 3013y Shorelines
An interdisciplinary study of shoreline processes, the larger ecosystems of
which they are a part, and the geologic events and human impacts that have
brought them through time to their current state. A problem-oriented,
field-methods course, providing hands-on experience with tools and
observational methods in a variety of outdoor environments. Involves sampling
and measurement techniques for rocks and minerals, fossils, water, soil,
flora, and fauna, as well as field and laboratory work, data interpretation
and analysis, and the creation of a sample collection. Emphasis on the
writing process through the reading of Rachel Carson's The Edge of the
Sea, a daylong field trip to Montauk Point, and the writing of a term
essay on the natural history and origin of a grain of garnet found at the top
of the dune at Napeague Bay. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Four required field trips that take a substantial portion of the day.
EESC BC 3014x Field Methods in Environmental Science
Problem-oriented, hands-on approach emphasizing the tools, techniques, and
observational skills necessary for the understanding of forest ecology and
deer management. Field and laboratory work as well as data analysis and
interpretation. Field Methods utilizes the outdoor resources of the Hudson
River Valley, especially the forest environment at Black Rock Forest, a
4,000-acre preserve near Cornwall, N.Y. - P. Bower
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Enrollment limited; students must sign up in 404 Altschul during the program-planning period of the previous term. Five required field trips that take a substantial portion of the day.
EESC BC 3016x Environmental Measurements
Hands-on approach to learning environmental methods. Students take a one-day
cruise on the Hudson River to collect environmental samples. These samples
are then analyzed throughout the semester to characterize the Hudson River
estuary. Standard and advanced techniques to analyze water and sediment
samples for nutrients and contaminants are taught.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. Required field trip on first Friday of the semester.
EESC BC 3017x Environmental Data Analysis
Acquisition, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of environmental
data, assessment of spatial and temporal variability. Focus on water quality
issues and storm surges. Uses existing and student-generated data sets. Basic
principles of statistics and GIS, uses standard software packages including
EXCEL and ArcGIS. Includes a half-day field trip on a Saturday or Sunday.
General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning
(QUA).- F. Nitsche
Prerequisites: One year of college science or EESC V2100 or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
EESC BC 3021x Forests and Environmental Change
Seminar on forests in global change framework: forest distribution and link
to climate, forest ecology, paleoecology, role of forests in global
ecosystem, biological invasions, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity,
conservation and management strategies. Format: class discussion of readings,
student presentations on scientific papers, field trips, data collection and
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. One year of college science or permission of instructor. Alternate years.
EESC BC 3025y Hydrology
Hands-on study and discussion of the basic physical principles of the water
cycle (evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and subsurface
flow), as well as environmentally relevant applications based on case
studies. Special focus on the New York City area, the arid Southwest, and the
developing world. Coverage of contemporary global water resources issues,
including pollution control, sustainable development, and climate change.
General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning
(QUA).- M. Stute
Prerequisites: EESC V2100, physics, or permission of instructor. Includes a weekend field trip. Alternate years. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
EESC BC 3026y Bird, Plant and Land-use Dynamics
This class looks at the response of wildlife (birds and plants) to climate
change and land-use issues from the end of the last glaciation to the
present. We visit wildlife refuges along a rural-suburban-urban gradient in
order to observe and measure the role refuges play in conservation. Case
study topics are: (1) land-use change over time: a paleoenvironmental
perspective, (2) environmental transformations: impact of exotic and invasive
plants and birds on local environments and (3) migration of Neotropical
songbirds between their wintering and breeding grounds: land-use, crisis and
conservation. Format: lecture, student presentations, field trips and data
collection/analysis - Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Permission of the instructor required.
EESC BC 3032y Agricultural and Urban Land Use: Human-Environment
Human transformation of the terrestrial environment since Paleolithic times.
Biophysical processes involved in human-environment interactions. Guidelines
for sustainable agricultural and urban development using present and past
examples of environmental use and abuse. General Education Requirement:
Cultures in Comparison (CUL).- C. Rosenzweig, A. Kong
Prerequisites: One year of college science or permission of instructor. Alternate years. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
EESC BC 3040y Environmental Law
Process-oriented introduction to the law and its use in environmental policy
and decision-making. Origins and structure of the U.S. legal system. Emphasis
on litigation process and specific cases that elucidate the common law and
toxic torts, environmental administrative law, and environmental regulation
through application and testing of statutory law in the courts. Emphasis also
on the development of legal literacy, research skills, and writing. - Peter
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
EESC BC 3043y Water, Sanitation, and Health
This course focuses on understanding water, sanitation and health in the
developing world and how these factors interact to afect people's lives.
Specifically, what are the options for providing cleaner water and improved
sanitation in order to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases in the
developing world? - B. Mailloux
EESC BC 3045y Responding to Climate Change
Analysis of climate change adaptations, responses, and mitigation options.
Consideration of impacts of projected climate changes including global water,
food and health complemented by regional case studies. Scientific,
technologic, economic, political, and behavioral aspects of potential
solutions. - Stephanie Pfirman, Juerg Matter, Peter Schlosser
Prerequisites: One of the following courses that introduces the structure and functioning of the climate system and processes underlying climate change: EESC V1002, Climate and Society: Case Studies; EESC V2100 Earth's Environmental Systems: Climate; EESC W2330, Science of Sustainable Development; or EAEE E1100, A Better Plant by Design.
EESC BC 3200x Ecotoxicology
The study of anthropogenic contaminants within our natural environment and their subsequent effects on biological organisms. Effects to be examined: the molecular scale (biochemical pathways of metabolism and detoxification), the organismal scale (target organs, behavioral effects), and the ecosystem scale (species viability). Lectures and hands-on activities are used to teach the material.- B. Mailloux
EESC BC 3300x Workshop in Sustainable Development
Students address real-world issues in sustainable development by working in
groups for an external client agency. Instruction in communication,
collaboration, and management; meetings with and presentations to clients and
academic community. Projects vary from year to year. Readings in the course
are project-specific and are identified by the student research teams. - M.
EESC BC 3800x Senior Research Seminar
Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis. Includes discussions about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods, and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Fall Semester Course Website.- M. Stute, S. Pfirman, B. Mailloux
EESC BC 3801y Senior Research Seminar
Guided, independent, in-depth research culminating in the senior thesis. Includes discussions about scientific presentations and posters, data analysis, library research methods, and scientific writing. Students review work in progress and share results through oral and written reports. Spring Semester Course Website.- M. Stute, S. Pfirman
EESC BC 3999x and y Independent Study
Advanced projects for students who have adequate backgrounds to work independently with guidance from a member of the faculty.
Prerequisites: Permission of the chair required. Does not provide major credit.
1-6 points. Variable points to a maximum of 6.