Courses

10. Introduction to Environmental Studies. Mr. Hazlett, Mr. Fowler, Ms. Herrold-Menzes. (An EAP Introductory Core Course). Examines the history of environmental change over the past century, the environmental ramifications of economic and technological decisions, lifestyles and personal choice and the need to evaluate environmental arguments critically. Each semester. (Taught at Pitzer and Pomona).

20. Nature, Culture and Society. Mr. Miller.(An EAP Introductory Core Course) This required class for all EA majors and minors is especially designed for sophomores and juniors. It will employ case studies to help analyze some key contemporary environmental dilemmas. Topics will vary, but will draw on an interdisciplinary array of sources in the humanities and social sciences, including history, philosophy and literature; religion, art, politics and sociology. Each fall.

27. Cities by Nature: Time, Space and Place. Mr. Miller. A cross-cultural, multi-continental examination of urbanization from the ancient world to the present, exploring the changing nature of urban life and its rituals and the impact urban development has had upon environmental systems, and political, social and economic structures. Each fall.

JS 30L. Science and the Environment with Laboratory. Ms Purvis-Roberts. (An EAP Introductory Core Course) An examination of the physical, biological, and chemical functioning of the Earth’s surface environment, including energy and matter flux, positive and negative feedbacks of importance, the nature and dispersal of key pollutants, and prospects for bioremediation. Basic analytical techniques for water and air samples explored, using local field areas. Each semester. (Taught at Joint Science.)

80. Classical Readings in Environmental Studies. Mr. Elderkin. Critical reading from and development of considered personal reaction to a collection of well-known and broadly respected environmental writings (“classics”) of a wide variety of authors in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, including Carson, Cather, Colburn, Dillard, Leopold, Nash, Thoreau, Williams and Wilson. Each spring.

85. Food, Land, and the Environment. Mr. Hazlett. An introduction to agroecology, (the ecology of agriculture), including a component of directed field work at the Pomona Organic Farm. Topical matter includes soils and nutrient cycling, tillage, planting, horticulture and harvesting and a look at alternative, non-industrial food production systems. Each spring.

91. Air Pollution: History and Policy, Dr. Francisco Donez (EPA)

100 LJS. Global Climate Change. Professor Branwen Williams. The Global Climate Change course will provide an introduction to earth science including past and present global climate change. In particular, we will focus on understanding how our earth works as a system, how climate has changed on geologic timescales, and what global changes have occurred in the recent past. The course will include a lab component, discussion of journal literature and media topics relevant to climate change, and a short presentation.  Prerequisites are one year of intro science (either physics, biology, chemistry, or AISS)

100 EA. Urban Planning and the Environment. Professor Kim. An overview of planning issues that affect low-income and communities of color, focusing on how differences impact the construction and geographies of cities. The course will cover key texts in planning theory and urban studies.

102 EA. Community Mapping. Professor Kim.
This course is an introduction to Community Mapping, using Geographic Information Systems software (ArcGIS).

170. U. S. Environmental History. Mr. Miller. An examination of the idea of nature and wilderness in American history, from colonial visions to contemporary ideologies. It will draw from the work of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and Mary Austin; Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and Michael Pollan, as well as environmental documentaries and material culture. Each spring.

171. Water in the West. Mr. Miller. Explores how communities, states and the federal government developed the legal precedents, physical infrastructure, financial mechanisms, environmental engineering, political will and social desire for the construction of a hydraulic empire in the Trans-Mississippi West. Each spring.

172. Crisis Management: Public Lands and American Culture. Mr. Miller. This seminar assesses the history of public-lands in the U.S. since the late nineteenth century, and the environmental, legal, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the federal land-management agencies’ often-controversial operations on the national forests, parks and grasslands. Topics will include, among others, these bureaus’ intellectual origins; political histories; fire-management practices; and the social pressures and environmental dilemmas that have shaped their actions. Next offered spring 2011.

180. Green Urbanism. Mr. Bardacke, Mr. Wells. A discussion-based seminar restricted to senior EA majors. The incorporation of nature into urban design; a reassessment of traditional notions about the interrelationship of the built and natural environments with a look at environmental architecture exemplified by Green Corps, LEED, and other radical initiatives. Each fall.

190. EA Senior Seminar. Mr. Hazlett, Mr. Miller. A capstone, modular-based seminar in which senior majors focus their various curricular backgrounds on environmental issues and problems, including projects of practical nature developed by the College’s Sustainability Integration Office. Exchange of interdisciplinary perspectives is encouraged throughout, with participants learning intensively from one another in the process of undertaking research. Simulates “real world” team-based investigations. Each spring.

191. Senior Thesis in Environmental Analysis. Mr. Hazlett, Mr. Miller. Production of a senior research paper or project which culminates in a professional-quality public presentation. Open to senior EA majors only. Each fall.

191H. Senior Thesis in Environmental Analysis. Mr. Hazlett, Mr. Miller. Same as 191, but taken in both semesters of the senior year for half-credit each semester; grade and credit awarded at the conclusion of the second semester.

99/199. Reading and Research. Staff. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 99, lower-level; 199, advanced work. Course or half-course. May be repeated. Each semester. (Summer Reading and Research taken as 98/198)