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EVST 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies (staff)

EBIO 1040 Global Environmental Change

Staff. An introduction to the physical and biological processes that regulate the function of the Earth system. The composition, formation, and stabilization of the Earth’s atmosphere and ecosystem will be examined, emphasizing biological processes and ecosystem ecology. With an understanding of the historical rates and mechanisms of natural global change, the means by which human activities alter Earth system function at local to global scales will be explored, along with the consequences of and solutions to human-induced global change.

EENS 1120 Earth History (R. Parsley)

Prof. Parsley, Staff. Corequisite: EENS 114. The physical evolution of the Earth over the past 4.6 billion years. Particular attention is paid to North America’s geological history. The course also covers the evolution of life through geological time.

EENS 1130 Physical Geology Laboratory

EENS 1140 Earth History Laboratory

Staff. Corequisite: EENS 112. An introduction to the study and use of fossils as recorders of geologic time. The lab also employs geologic maps and cross-sections to unravel geologic histories of various regions.

EENS 1300 Environmental Science

EENS 1310 Environmental Science Laboratory

EVST 1890 Service Learning

SPHU 2010 Disease Ecology and Public Health (M. Lichtveld)

The course introduces students to the strategies employed by public health professionals to maintain and enhance the health of the population. Humans will be considered as part of the ecologic systems that influence the patterns and mechanisms of health and disease. Students will come to understand the basic concepts and language of public health science and practice. The course will review the distribution of public health problems and identify important biologic, social and environmental determinants of disease. Examples of interventions designed to solve public health problems will be drawn for both national and international experience.

EBIO 2010 Evolution in Human Health and Disease (D. Heins)

Prof. Heins. An introduction to the study of infectious and noninfectious human diseases from an evolutionary perspective.

EBIO 2040 Conservation of Biological Diversity (T. Sherry)

Prof. Sherry. Corequisite or Optional: EBIO 289 (1) Service Learning for a minimum of 40 hours. A consideration of biological diversity and its persistence, threats, human value, conservation efforts, and biological bases. Specific topics include extinction, global change, population viability, habitat loss and degradation, ecosystem management, restoration, agricultural ecosystems, economic and legal considerations, and the human population.

EENS 2040 Natural Disasters (S. Nelson)

Prof. Nelson. An examination of the causes and effects of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, subsidence, coastal erosion, flooding, severe weather (including hurricanes), and meteorite impacts. Also includes a discussion of options available to mitigate disasters.

EBIO 2050 Global Change Biology (J. Chambers)

Prof. Chambers. This course explores the biological basis of environmental issues and the changes occurring at a global scale, divided approximately into halves. The first half will provide a strong foundation in the interactions among biological and physical systems. The second half will be devoted to specific issues including global climate change, atmospheric pollution, community stability, habitat fragmentation, and loss of biodiversity. Changes that have occurred over geological time will be compared with changes in the modern industrial era.

EENS 2060 Introductory Geography

Prof. Flowers. An introduction to the basic facts concerning the physical environment: landforms, climates, vegetation and soils, followed by a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the physical environment and human activity in the major geographic regions of the world. The geography of Louisiana is considered in relation to the region. Recommended to students working toward Louisiana certification in elementary education.

EENS 2070 Weather and Climate (G. Flowers)

Prof. Flowers. An introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere with particular emphasis on weather and climate. Topics covered include: heating and cooling of the atmosphere; atmospheric circulation and wind; air masses and cyclonic storms; tropical weather and hurricanes; and global climates and climatic change.

EBIO 2100 Introduction to Marine Biology

EENS 2230 Oceanography

CHEM 2500 Environmental Chemistry (G. McPherson)

Prerequisite: 107, 108 or 241. An overview of the many aspects of environmental chemistry. Topics include: aquatic chemistry, including water pollution and water treatment; atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and major threats to the global atmosphere; geochemistry and soil chemistry; nature, sources, and environmental chemistry of hazardous wastes; and toxicology chemistry.


SOCI 2600 Environmental Sociology

This course examines political and economic aspects of global and local environmental problems. Topics include how societies and the environment interact, why some environmental risks have gained most attention, how support for environmental concerns can be measured, responses by environmental social movements, and visions of sustainable societies in the First and Third Worlds.


EBIO 2600 Natural Resource Conservation: Theory and Practice (H. Bart)

Prof. Bart. Corequisite: EBIO 289 Service Learning. This course examines the theory and practice of natural resource preservation in the United States, and the agencies and organizations involved in this endeavor.

EVST 2890  Service Learning

EBIO 3040 General Ecology (T. Sherry)

Prof. Sherry. Corequisite: EBIO 414 (required only for EE Biology majors and minors). A survey of the patterns and mechanisms of interaction among all organisms and their environments, including examples of human impacts on the biosphere. Lectures plus two field trips. EBIO 414 is an optional laboratory for non EE Biology majors.

EVST 3050 Environmental Performance (B. Hayley)

Environmental performance is an interdisciplinary course that may in any semester combine theatre, dance and other performing arts as these concern environmental issues. Students will study environmental topics and then use composition and improvisation techniques to create a performance project based on the environmental issues studies. All students must be interested in collaborating and be willing to move. Dance experience is not necessary. Course may involve community partners and/or public service.

EBIO 3080 Processes of Evolution

URST 3100 Urban Geography (R. Campanella)

ANTH 314 Primate Ecology and Behavior (K. Jack)

An introduction to the social and physical diversity of the Order Primates, emphasizing the biology, ecology, and behavior of living nonhuman primates. Social structure will be explored from an evolutionary perspective, and the ecological and social constraints on behavioral flexibility will be examined. Examples will cover both field and laboratory investigations of nonhuman primates.

EBIO 3180 Plants and Human Affairs (S. Darwin)

Prof. Darwin. Prerequisite: none. Since ancient times, people have relied on plants for food, clothing, shelter, medicines, and more. This course investigates some of the ways in which plants support and shape human life. Topics include: early ideas about plants and the origin of plant lore; plant domestication and the rise of agriculture; plant products in commercial economies; cultural uses of plants; plants and the future of civilization.

LNSP 3300 Natural Landscapes and Built Form (M. Thomas)

ECON 3330 Environment and Natural Resources (J. Pearcy)

Staff.  Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 103.  An introduction to the economic theory of how and why people make decisions that have consequences for the natural environment and the availability of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.  Analysis will include valuation of pollution damages and controls, the use of environmental valuations to determine optimal rates of extraction and utilization of natural resources.  The course will apply analytical results to current environmental and natural resources issues.


PHIL 3340 Humanity's Place in Nature (staff)

This course will compare the predominant Western conception of humanity's place in nature with alternative conceptions, including those held by non-Western thinkers.


COMM 3510 Environmental Communication (J. Mackin)

Prof. Mackin. The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding and analysis of communication processes used in defining environmental issues and shaping environmental policies. Topics include defining nature and environment; diverse audiences and environmental messages; developing strategies for risk communication; creating effective environmental campaigns. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful environmental communication will be examined.

ANTH 3430 Archaeology of Cultural Landscapes C. Rodning

Landscapes are an outcome of natural processes and cultural activity. Like archaeological sites, landscapes are palimpsests of the many forces of change that create them. Archaeologists of course do study ancient monuments and settlements, but they are also interested in the relationships between sites, patterns of movement between and through them, and the ways that past societies understood the landscapes in which they lived. This course explores the archaeology of landscapes, the effects of humans on ancient environments, and the social, and even sacred meanings of architecture, monuments and places in the past.

EVST 357 Mississippi River Colloquium (staff)

ANTH 3700 Environmental Anthropology (staff)

Critically reviews case studies of ecosystemic and energetic relations between human populations, cultures, and the environment in diverse ethnographic settings of the world, such as Amazonia, the Great Basin, New Guinea and Southeast Asia . Examines the historical emergence of ecological paradigms in anthropology. Compares the modern contributions of cultural ecology, evolutionary ecology, ethnoecology, and historical ecology. Evaluates potential contributions of ecological anthropology to general ecology.

ANTH 3710 Historical Ecology of Amazonia (W. Balée)

Prof. Balée. Interactions between local peoples and Amazonian landscapes from prehistory to the present. Amazonian landscapes as an analytic unit will be examined from the interdisciplinary perspective of historical ecology. Changes and development of forests and savannas since the arrival of human beings. Historical, ecological, cultural forces involved in biological and edaphic diversity in modern forests. Long-term effects of prehistoric and historic human occupations and manipulation of landscapes. Implications for conservation and development.

EENS 3720 Infrastructure of Sustainable Urban Environments (G. Piringer)

Selected elements of the urban physical infrastructure serve as starting points to illustrate concepts from underlying science fields, and to explore elements of sustainable infrastructure systems. The central question is: “What makes a city work, and how can this be accomplished in a sustainable way?” Additionally, the course introduces and reinforces key concepts from physics, chemistry, microbiology, and environmental science. The course is divided into four segments, with two to three field trips to sites in the New Orleans area and a group project that will provide opportunities for experiential learning.

ANTH 3760 Primate Evolution and Adaptation

EENS 3800 Environmental Analysis Laboratory

Environmental Analysis. Introduction to basic analytical techniques commonly used in environmental science, with a focus on aqueous and sediment matrixes. Includes determination of solids, alkalinity and hardness, adsorption isotherms, oxygen content, conductivity, as well as spectrometric and chromatographic techniques and sediment analysis.

EVST 3880 Writing Practicum

EVST 3890 Service Learning

EVST 3910 Special Topics in Distribution and Conservation of Living Things

EVST 3920 Special Topics in Landscapes and Seascapes Through Time

EVST 3930 Special Topics in Problems, Potentialities of Built Environments

EVST 395 Special Topics in Environmental Thought, Practice, and Policy

ENRG 4100 Energy Markets, Economics and Policy

EBIO 4100   Wetlands Ecology

Prof. Blum. This course will introduce students to the occurrence, morphology, hydrology, soils, ecology and regulation of wetlands.

EVST 4210 Seminar in Historical Ecology (W. Balée) (same as ANTH 4210)

Senior Capstone

POLA 4230 Environmental Politics & Policy

Staff. An overview of the issues, institutions, processes, and actors that determine political responses to environmental problems in the United States. The course includes discussions of current controversies in environmental politics.


EBIO 4270 Population Ecology (T. Sherry) (EBIO 427)

Prof. Sherry. Prerequisite: EBIO 404 or approval of instructor. Principles of population dynamics in space and time, population regulation, and population interactions as determined from an integrated study of plants and animals, followed by exploration of the applicability of these principles to an understanding of the contemporary growth and control of the human population.

POLC 4340 Latin American Environmental Politics

POLI 4620 Global Environmental Politics (D. Zartner)

EVST 465 Senior Colloquium in Environmental Studies (W. Balée)

This is the senior capstone course in environmental studies. Synthesizes the five topical areas of environmental studies in which majors have had a distribution requirement. Focuses on an interdisciplinary theme of current concern. This semester we will be looking at the world's forests. Some classes feature guest speakers who are experts on the topic(s) chosen for the semester. Other classes entail intensive discussion among students and instructor in the setting of a colloquium.

EVST 4880 Writing Practicum

EVST 4890 Service Learning

EVST 4910 Independent Studies

EVST 4990-5000 Honors Thesis

ENHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health

EENS 6260  Paleoclimatology

Staff. Prerequisite: approval of the instructor. Understanding past climate variation is necessary to fully comprehend present and model future climates.  The focus will be on climate change during the late Quaternary Period, with special emphasis on climate reconstruction methods. 


ACTS 6400 Sustainability and Tectonics (J. Klingman)

ACTS 6410 Implementing an Ecocentric Architecture (C. Coker)

EVST 6430 Archaeology of Cultural Landscapes (same as ANTH 6430)

Senior Capstone

PHIL 6520 Environmental Ethics

An examination of ethical issues regarding treatment of nonhuman beings. Major topics include moral extentionism, as well as critiques of attempts to extend human-centered moral doctrines to nonhuman beings.

PRST 6710 Introduction to Preservation Studies

IINHL 6850 Population-Environment Theory and Evidence


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