environmental studies    
hope college > academic > environmental studies        

 
Purpose <
Course Descriptions <
Faculty <
News and Events <
Prospective Students <
Current Students <
Creationcsp.org <
Nature Institute <
CELL <

 

 

 

Requirements and Course Descriptions

Required Courses (20 credits)

1. Natural Sciences: choose 8 credits from the following courses

GEMS 152: The Atmosphere and Environmental Change
a) A study of the atmosphere, weather, local pollution, acid rain, climate change, ozone depletion, storms, droughts, and floods.
b) instructors: Hansen and Peaslee
c) co/prerequisite: GEMS 100: Mathematics for Public Discourse; this requirement is waived for students with Math 131
d) 4 credits

GEMS 153: Populations in Changing Environments
a) A study of population growth and dynamics, ecology, evolution, species interactions, biodiversity, and conservation.
b) instructor: Winnett-Murray
c) co/prerequisite: GEMS 100: Mathematics for Public Discourse; this requirement is waived for students with Math 131
d) 4 credits

GEMS 157: The Planet Earth
a) A study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, geosphere and their interactions.
b) instructor: GES Staff
c) co/prerequisite: none
d) 4 credits

GEMS 160: The Chemistry of Our Environment
a) A study of matter, thermodynamics, groundwater pollution, chemical manufacturing, and recycling.
b) instructor: Brown or Seymour
c) co/prerequisite: GEMS 100: Mathematics for Public Discourse; this requirement is waived for students with Math 131
d) 4 credits

GEMS 204: Regional Flora and Fauna
a) A study of the identification, natural history, and ecological importance of the common plants and animals in the Great Lakes region.
b) instructor: Winnett-Murray
c) co/prerequisite: none
d) 2 credits

GEMS 295: Abrupt Climate Change
a) A study of science and how science knowledge integrates with our own beliefs and values, through an examination of the capacity of  the earth's global climate to exhibit rapid and unpredictable change.
b) instructor: Stewart
c) co/prerequisite: none
d) 2 credits

2. Social Sciences: choose 4 credits from the following courses

Sociology 295: Environmental Sociology
a) An exploration of the relationship between human societies and the larger natural environment of which they are a part, e.g., the history of resource use, wilderness preservation, pollution, various environmental movements, issues of social justice.
b) instructor: Nemeth
c) prerequisites: none
d) 4 credits

GES 310: Environmental Public Policy
a) An in-depth study of federal lands, intergovernmental relations, agency law, comparative institutions, US environmental regulations, and applied macro-economics.
b) instructors: Holmes, Lunn, Peterson
c) prerequisites: Econ 211: Macroeconomics, science core
d) 4 credits

Management 356: Managing for Environmental Sustainability
a) The study of practices usually associated with business, but applicable to other organizations, that create environmentally sustainable outcomes.
b) instructor: TenHaken
c) prerequisites: none
d) 4 credits

3. Humanities: choose 4 credits from the following courses

English 375: American Literature and the Environment
a) An in-depth study of classic and contemporary texts in environmental literature, e.g., Abbey, Austin, Dillard, Leopold, Lopez, Thoreau, Whitman.
      b) instructor: Pannapacker
      c) prerequisites: Cultural Heritage core
      d) 4 credits

Environmental Studies 377: Environmental Philosophy and History
a) An in-depth study of classic and contemporary texts in environmental philosophy and history, including primary sources by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Thoreau, Berry, Carson, and Leopold, as well as secondary studies by Crosby, Ponting, and Steinberg.
b) instructor: Bouma-Prediger
c) prerequisites: Cultural Heritage core
d) 4 credits

4. Senior Integration Experience: 4 credits

Environmental Studies 490: Research Project
a) An in-depth investigation of some issue or problem of the student’s choosing.
b) instructor: Environmental Studies Faculty
c) prerequisites: all courses in the minor, except the internship
d) 2 credits

Environmental Studies 499: Internship
a) A supervised practical experience in a local work setting, e.g., business, non-profit organization, governmental agency, educational institution.
b) instructor: Bouma-Prediger and site supervisor
c) prerequisites: all courses in the minor, except the research project
d) 2 credits (minimum)

Thematically Related Courses in the Core Curriculum

IDS 100: First Year Seminar
a) The topics will vary depending on the section, but the sections with the following instructors focus on environmental themes.
b) instructors: Bahle, Bouma-Prediger, Hansen, Murray, Peaslee, Peterson, Winnett-Murray
c) prerequisite: none
d) 2 credits

Religion 100: Earth and Ethics
a) An introductory course that focuses on place, worldviews, the state of the planet, cultural analysis, Christian and non-Christian religions, Bible and ecology, and ecological virtues.
b) instructor: Bouma-Prediger
c) prerequisite: none
d) 2 credits

English 113: Expository Writing
a) The topics will vary depending on the section, but the sections with the following instructors focus on environmental themes.
b) instructors: Douglas, Gruenler, Klooster, Mezeske
c) prerequisite: none
d) 4 credits

Religion 369: Ecological Theology and Ethics
a) An off-campus May Term course in the Adirondacks of upstate New York that focuses on ecological degradation, basic environmental history, Bible and ecology, earthkeeping themes in theology, ecological virtues, ecological ethics, and wilderness preservation.
b) instructor: Bouma-Prediger
c) prerequisite: religion core and permission of instructor
d) 4 credits

IDS 467: God, Earth, Ethics
a) A senior seminar that focuses on worldviews, the state of the planet, basic environmental science, Bible and ecology, ecological ethics theory, and applied environmental ethics.
b) instructor: Bouma-Prediger
c) prerequisite: all core completed and senior status
d) 4 credits