ESTS 103G. Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability 1.0 course credit
The course is an introduction to the scope, magnitude, and diversity of environmental issues approached by scientists and policy-makers. An interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems is emphasized by providing a scientific, social, and political understanding of the issues. Also included are field trips and laboratories to study human impacts on our environment. Group discussion aimed at critical analysis of current environmental topics is also encouraged.
ESTS 234. Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 1.0 course credit
This course is designed to give a solid introduction to basic concepts in cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will be exposed to theoretical aspects of cartography and the basic concepts and techniques used in the graphic and cartographic representation of geographic information. Students will be exposed to the historical evolution of the GIS discipline and the theory behind spatial data handling and analysis. The laboratory component of this class is focused on learning how to use ESRI ArcGIS software to produce effective maps. A course project will highlight student mastery.
ESTS 310. Environmental Ethics (Cross-listed as PHIL/RELG 310) 1.0 course credit
An examination of ecological problems caused by human activities and
possible solutions, starting with a rethinking of the relationship between human beings and nature. From different perspectives the course will investigate various interrelated issues ranging from ethical to metaphysical, including: Do we have an obligation to natural objects? If there should be an environmental ethic, what kind of ethic should it be? Students will have opportunities to develop and express their own views on these issues. This course is intended primarily for students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
ESTS 375. Environmental Politics (Cross-listed as POLS 375) 1.0 course credit
An analysis of environmental politics and policy on the national and
international levels. Features an emphasis on case studies.
ESTS 380. Environmental Economics (Cross-listed as ECON 380) 1.0 course credit
Micro-economic analysis of environmental issues. Examines the environmental consequences of alternative forms of resource ownership and allocation methods
ESTS 393. Natural Areas Field Practicum 0.5 course credit
This course is designed as a standing practicum in natural areas conservation, preservation, management and maintenance. Experience working in the field is a valuable asset for students interested in natural resource jobs. This course will focus on Monmouth College’s LeSuer Nature Preserve and its prairie and riparian areas. Additional sites may be visited to collect seeds and specimens, including Spring Grove Cemetery and local state parks. Practical work will be intermingled with theoretical considerations and current management techniques. Work will vary with season and weather but will include: invasive species control and removal, native species establishment, seed collection, preparation and germination, prairie management through controlled burning, and planting for wildlife. Students will maintain a journal, including photos, and write a summary paper linking their work to their other coursework and career interests. C/NC. May be repeated for up to 1 credit total.