ENV - Environmental Studies

ENV 105 Social Responsibility and the World of Nature

Course Description: This course considers the idea of citizenship in relation to obligations to nature through a multidisciplinary examination of primary texts from economics, environmentalist studies, philosophical ethics, political economy, and social ecology. Direct student participation in the workings of local government will provide the community-based component and encourage leadership skills through active engagement on Community Board and Town Council environmental committees (environmental committees include land use, preservation, etc.). While in-class reports and a journal focus on the relationship between the more theoretical course readings and the civic experience serve to integrate learning and service.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ENV 110 Nature and Culture: A Study in Connections

Course Description: This course examines prominent worldviews (organic, mechanistic, preservationist, conservationist, religious and secular stewardship for example) that have guided human action toward the natural world. From a global and interdisciplinary perspective lead by the influential writings of philosophers, economists, environmentalists, theologians, historians, political science, biologists, and naturalists we analyze the interaction between human and natural phenomena, the impact human actions have on the natural world, and the ways nature affects change in civilization. The primary goal of the course is to provide students an opportunity to see how different views of nature influence human choices and offer alternative courses of action toward viable solutions and have important consequences that are subject to an ethical analysis.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ENV 110C Nature and Culture: A Study in Connections - CAP

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course examines prominent worldviews (organic, mechanistic, preservationist, conservationist, religious and secular stewardship for example) that have guided human action toward the natural world. From a global and interdisciplinary perspective lead by the influential writings of philosophers, economists, environmentalists, theologians, historians, political science, biologists, and naturalists we analyze the interaction between human and natural phenomena, the impact human actions have on the natural world, and the ways nature affects change in civilization. The primary goal of the course is to provide students an opportunity to see how different views of nature influence human choices and offer alternative courses of action toward viable solutions and have important consequences that are subject to an ethical analysis.

3 credits

ENV 111 Environmental Studies: Economical, Ethical and Political Perspectives

Required course for Environmental Studies majors.

Course Description: This interdisciplinary course will concentrate on the interdependence between nature and culture, integrating the economic, political and philosophical issues involved in environmental problems. General topics in value assessment and application to public policy are studied from a problem-oriented approach.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

ENV 112 Environmental Studies - Basic Issues

Course Description: As in ENV 111, the relationship between nature and human culture will serve as a backdrop for the course. From the perspectives of economics, philosophical ethics and political science, this course critically examines central topics in the environment. Air and water pollution, population, deforestation, biodiversity, global warming, resource use, renewable and nonrenewable energy are considered from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

ENV 130 The Naturalists

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with aesthetic insight into the natural world through the creative and imaginative writings and observations of famous naturalists. Significant time will be spent studying ways in mature nature viewed through aesthetic categories has influenced the conceptual profile and strategies of the environmental movement in the West. Classroom discussions and experimental field studies will blend theory with first hand experiences. Investigation of the perception and reality of "our place" in the world of nature and how aesthetic responses and art has influenced that perception over the years provide the enduring theme for the course.

Course Rotation: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

ENV 140 Act Locally: Environmental Issuesand you

Course Description:The course introduces incoming freshman to the philosophy of renowned scientist and naturalist Rene Dubos. Students will be educated about global environmental issues from the perspective of an average environmentally ?uniformed? citizen; so that correlations will be made between humans and their perceptions of the role they play with regard to our natural environment. Student will become involve in team projects that will afford them the opportunity to provide service to the Pace Community during Earth Month.

Course Rotation: PLV:Spring

3 credits

ENV 201 Animals and Society

Course Description: This course attempts to answer the question why our society seems ambivalent towards animals and what significance this has in our lives. Readings, guest lectures, films and discussions will shed light not only on our culture?s largely unexamined bias, but also on the lives of the animals themselves. We will explore the myths and realities of buffalo, circus elephants and wild horses in our culture as well as the role farm animals, laboratory animals, wildlife and pets have played in shaping our American identity. We will also explore the positive side of the human-animal bond?from animal-assisted therapy to horse whispering. Students are encouraged to question their own assumptions about animals and to ask what the consequences of these assumptions are.

Course Rotation: PL: Fall.

3 credits

ENV 205 Globalization, Trade and the Environment

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: Ever since the end of the Cold War the social, political, and economic forces have coalesced to reshape the world. One of the most striking features that has emerged since then, on the world stage, is the trend towards global economic integration. Globalization, in spite of its popular and common usage, is very much a contested concept. Some emphasize the increasing interconnections between different players' economic, political, and cultural fields while others stress the notion that globalization is essentially an effort to undermine the national sovereignty and authentic identities of nation states by transitional actors.

Course Rotation: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

ENV 296A Geographical Information Systems in Environmental Science

3 credits

ENV 211 Environmental Assessment

Course Description: Following a study of relevant environmental regulations, this course will demonstrate the tools and techniques used in developing and interpreting natural resource inventories and in analyzing the potential social, cultural and political impacts of particular types of land use. Using extensive field work, students will learn how locate, read and interpret maps, how to conduct field surveys of soil, vegetation and animal resources, and how to analyze the accumulated data and predict the land use capability of a particular site. Lab work will consist of analyzing data in Geographic Information Systems. Professionally-prepared environmental impact statements will be analyzed for content, methodology, and compliance with the applicable laws.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENV 111 Min Grade D and ENV 112 Min Grade D and ENV 221 Min Grade D and ENV 222 Min Grade D

ENV 215 Foundations of Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers

Course Description: This course offers students an introduction to American environmental law. The first two weeks will provide the student with a basic introduction to the legal process, sources of law, and the anatomy of a case brief. Students will be presented with an overview of how the United States legal system works at the local, state, and national levels. The majority of the semester will be focused on the foundations for environmental law. The history of the environmental movement will be discussed as well as development of laws that affect environmental issues. Throughout the course, we will consider the roles of individuals and nonprofit organizations in the administrative and litigation processes. Students will become acquainted with specific environmental laws, enforcement, and methods for compliance.

3 credits

ENV 220 Charles Darwin on Ecology

3 credits

ENV 221 Environmental Science: The Web of Life

Not for Science majors.

Course Description: An introduction to living systems and the environment that sustains them. Topics covered include: the diversity of life, food chains, ecosystems, elements of recycling, eutrophication, and the Greenhouse Effect. This course will provide students with a basic knowledge of the organization, structure and function of living organisms, with emphasis on their interaction with the environment.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

ENV 222 Environmental Chemistry: Principles, Problems and Solutions

Course Description: This course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry. The course will teach the basic principles of chemistry and then focus on some environmental issues, which have chemical implications. Some of those topics which will be covered are: air pollution, water pollution and cleanup, soil fertility, agricultural chemicals, nuclear topics, plastics, hazardous waste, acid rain, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, and photochemical smog.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

ENV 226 Environmental Anthropology

Course Description: Environmental anthropology is the study of the relationship between different cultures and their natural environments. This course examines how human communities traditionally adapted their subsistence strategies and social organization to their local environments and how these adaptations changed over time. The emphasis is on the diversity of these adaptations in different places, e.g. in arctic zones, highlands, arid lands, grasslands, and tropical rain forests. The course also investigates how economic development and globalization influenced these adaptations and thereby contributed to contemporary environmental problems which in turn affect cultures and continue to change them. A historical survey of anthropological contributions to environmental studies covers the following topics: Population, economic development, biodiversity, environmentality, indigenous groups, consumption, and globalization. Finally, the course looks at forms of environmentalism these developments have give rise to.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

ENV 230 Natural Beauty: An Introduction to Environmental Aesthetic

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course examines various aesthetic senses of nature and their influence on human reactions to the natural world. We will read texts by environmentalists, naturalists, philosophers, ecologists, theologians, and literary works like the flamboyant and exhibitionist 19th century romantics, and the distinctly American phenomena of New England Transcendentalism. We will view works of art from different historical periods and traditions, for example the Hudson River School painters, landscapes of the pointillists, and traditional Chinese landscape painting, and witness Constable's capturing the chiaroscuro of nature in the dews and breezes of the countryside. We will not only study the aesthetics of beauty, but also investigate aesthetic qualities broadly defined to include symbolic codes and properties that metaphorically express particular cultural values.

Course Rotation: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

ENV 235 Sustainable Living in Our World

Course Description:This course will examine how psychology and other social sciences can contribute to a sustainable future through the study of attitudes, values, knowledge, and behavior associated with environment problems of the 21st century. Readings and class discussions will apply theoretical perspectives and empirical findings to subjects such as environmental justice, development of environmental identity and ethics, perception of risk, and the benefits of nature experience. Field trips will offer opportunities to explore sustainability at the local level. For their final project students will conduct a detailed study of an environmental problem on campus or in the neighborhood through collection of both archival and field data, and will propose a strategy for change.

Course Rotation: NYC:PLV:Spring

3 credits

ENV 240 Environmental Practices in American Culture and Society

Old Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Analysis of Human, Social, and Natural Phenomena.

Course Description: This course introduces students to research methods in anthropology and the social sciences that can be applied to the study of environmental practices in American culture and society. Over the course of the semester, students will gain practical knowledge and real experience by designing and carrying out their own ethnographic research on environmental practices at Pace University, from sampling and developing interview protocols and survey questionnaires, to collecting, organizing, and describing and analyzing the data. Methods include participant observation, in-depth interviews, and structured surveys. The emphasis is on the integration of quantitative and qualitative data. At the end of the course, students will write up the results of their research; their findings will be disseminated through the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS), and made available to the Pace community to help further the university?s mission: environmental sustainability.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, odd years.

3 credits

ENV 260 Climatology

Course Description:It?s taken billions of years to generate the exact, quintessential conditions needed for humans to survive on Earth, and yet in less than a century, humans now threaten to upset the delicate balance that makes existence on this planet possible. Starting with the industrial revolution, the use of fossil fuels have enabled the population to prosper abs grow with the consequence of creating a blanket of heat surrounding the earth that is jeopardizing our climate?s stability. While climate has naturally cycled over the course of earth?s long history, the changes that have begun are because of anthropogenic meddling, and 98% of scientists agree that we must take control of our addiction to fossil fuels or risk the habitability of the planet. The scientific mechanisms of atmospheric and ocean circulation are well understood, and climate scientists are actively trying to predict the outcome of our actions through climate models and computer forecasting. Even with the mountain of evidence stacked up and the inevitability of widespread conflict if we don?t work to solve this crisis, political and public discourse has been problematic with the barrage of disinformation that?s been concocted from the fossil fuel industries who stand to profit from inaction, will we be able to overcome the monumental obstacle we face? Or have we already surpassed the tipping point? By the end of the course, you?ll have an in depth understanding of climate change from both scientific and social perspectives.
Course Rotation:NY;Fall

3 credits

ENV 296 Introduction to Geological Information Systems (GIS)

4 credits

ENV 296D Environmental Policy and Advocacy

Course Description: This course examines the role of urban planning in managing environmental issues. Students will learn how professional planners inventory existing facilities, review proposed developments, and address population and demographic shifts. Repairs to aging infrastructure and creation of new infrastructure will be discussed. Topics will include: air and noise pollution, modes of transportation, water and wastewater management, stormwater runoff, Brownfields redevelopment, open space preservation and creation, and environmental justice. Various types of permitting at the federal, state, and local levels will be presented. Students will analyze the interplay between real estate developers, attorneys, government agencies, consultants, nonprofit groups, and the public during the environmental planning process.

3 credits

ENV 296F Topic: An Environmental Study of the Greater New York City Region

Course Description: This course covers the history of the greater New York City environment from earliest times to the present. We begin with a consideration of the geologic and pre-Columbian background, followed by more detailed examination of the effects of development during successive phases: the Dutch and British colonial periods, early and late 19th century industrial periods, 20th century urbanization of the region, and looming environmental challenges of the 21st century. There will be two cruises on the South Street Seaport sailing vessel Pioneer, and several field trips on land. Although geologic and other environmental science topics will be covered, the course is designed for a general audience and has no technical prerequisites. On field trip days students should expect to spend a full day in this course.

3 credits

ENV 296N Topic: Darwin's Dangerous Idea: The Nature of Science and the Theory of Evolution

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the nature of science and the theory of evolution. Evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology, and unites all the fields of biology under one theoretical umbrella. Notwithstanding the importance of evolutionary biology, no other field of science has been more questioned and misinterpreted. Students will be introduced to the nature of science as an evidence and logic-based process. What is a hypothesis? What is the relationship between fact and theory? Why is the theory of evolution, despite being so controversial, the quintessential example of scientific theory?

3 credits

ENV 296O Topic: Environmental Roots and Rights: The Practice and Principles of American Environmentalism

Course Description: Rooted in citizen activism that dates to the earliest days of the republic, fundamental to the development of 20th century democracy, and pervasive in 21st-century politics, business, and social mores, American environmentalism helps define America and its place in the world. The first half of the semester offers a survey of the development of American environmentalism from the blossoming of citizen activism in the founding days of the republic, to the growth of the American conservation movement, to the birth of the contemporary environmental movement and the world?s most aggressive body of environmental law. The second half of the semester is devoted to a case study of a current high-profile environmental issue, culminating with competing teams of students drafting briefs, preparing exhibits, and making oral arguments in a moot court public hearing at Pace Law School presided by Pace Law Professor Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The course also includes noted guest lecturers.

3 credits

ENV 296P Animals and Society

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge I or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Much of what we have known about animals is changing. We?re learning that, much like us, they have language, emotions, and intelligence. It?s not just companion animals that we have come to better understand; it?s animals on farms, in laboratories, and in the wild. Yet despite these advances in science, our society seems ambivalent to acknowledge their real value. Why? What?s at stake? ?Animals & Society? is an AOK-1 course that stretches our everyday concepts of civic engagement and community to include the world of animals. You will hear interesting guest lectures, watch award-winning films, and experience first-hand what it is like to volunteer in the nonprofit world of animal advocacy. The writing assignments are engaging, and you will be expected to keep a portfolio of your work. Everyone is required to work a minimum of 16 hours at an organization whose central mission involves the welfare of animals. Last year, students worked at an organic farm, a wolf conservation center, and the Westchester SPCA shelter.

3 credits

ENV 296T Topic: Sustainable Living in Our World

Course Description: This course will examine how psychology and other social sciences can contribute to a sustainable future through the study of attitudes, values, knowledge, and behavior associated with environmental problems of the 21st century. Readings and class discussions will apply theoretical perspectives and empirical findings to subjects such as environmental justice, development of environmental identity and ethics, perception of risk, and the benefits of nature experience. Field trips will offer opportunities to explore sustainability at the local level. For their final project students will conduct a detailed study of an environmental problem on campus or in the neighborhood through collection of both archival and field data, and will propose a strategy for change.

3 credits

ENV 296Y Topic: Food Revolution: The Politics and Ecology of What We Eat

Course Description: This course will look at food and culture in the globalized world. Students will grapple with complex issues such as food aid, marketing and advertising strategies, obesity and malnutrition in the land of plenty, world overpopulation, loss of genetic diversity, bee colony collapse, food riots, cash crops, immigrant farm workers in the United States, why farmers are committing suicide in India, landless workers in South America, and the politics of hunger. We'll also examine solutions to these many problems, such as: hydroponics, sustainable farming, revolution and democracy.

3 credits

ENV 296G Human Ecology

3 credits

ENV 296K Women and Nature

3 credits

ENV 296QY Topic: Act Locally: Environmental Issues and You - Learning Community

Course Description: This course will focus on the philosophy of famous scientist and naturalist Rene Dubos, "Think Globally, Act Locally". By becoming educated about global environmental issues, students will develop skills enabling them to respond in a responsible way to issues specific to their daily lives. The initial phase of the course will focus on identifying and analyzing environmental issues from the perspective of an average environmentally illiterate citizen. Correlations will be made between humans and their perceptions of the role they play with regard to our natural environment. The second phase of the course will integrate theories and philosophies from experts stressing the importance of individual action. Students will become involved in team projects organized with a community entity that will afford them with the opportunity to provide a substantial community service. Students will be involved in off campus projects that will likely be situated in a local sanctuary, park, educational institution, or area in need of environmental remediation.

3 credits

ENV 311 Introduction to Environmental Law: History & Development of Environmental Regulations

ENV 380 Junior Year Research Seminar

Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: The Junior Year Internship in environmental studies stresses research methods, writing skills, and experimental design and provides a forum for the presentation of student research and supervised internship experience.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ENV 395 Independent Study in Environmental Science

1 - 9 credits

ENV 498 Mentoring Seminar

Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: Students will select a faculty mentor and join an interdisciplinary research project.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ENV 499 Senior Year Experience in Environmental Issues

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair or coordinator.

Course Description: The preparation of a thesis is the cumulating project of the environmental studies program. Students will be encouraged to investigate topics of current importance, especially regional environmental problems, and produce a major research paper.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring.

3 credits