Courses Offered

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Winter 2018

ENST 12402. Life Through A Genomic Lens. ES
The implications of the double helical structure of DNA triggered a revolution in cell biology. More recently, the technology to sequence vast stretches of DNA has offered new vistas in fields ranging from human origins to the study of biodiversity. This course considers a set of these issues, including the impact of a DNA perspective on the legal system, on medicine, and on conservation biology.
T Th 9:30am-10:50am
Instructor(s): Aaron Turkewitz, Macelo Nobrega

ENST 12704. Writing Persuasion: Health And Environment. EEP, SNS
A writing-intensive course in persuasive techniques that influence opinions and attempt to change behavior. This year our focus will be on an issue that presents a challenge for persuasion theory: the environment. People are notoriously slow to change their beliefs and behavior on environmental issues, and persuasion theory suggests reasons why this might be the case. Environmental problems ask readers to weigh costs that affect one group against benefits that might accrue to someone else. They involve time frames ranging from moments (which are easy to think and write about) to millennia (not so easy) to geological epochs, a time scale so remote from our experience as to be opaque to the imagination. Environmental problems are complex in ways that make them difficult to capture in a coherent, emotionally compelling narrative. Many individually innocuous and seemingly unrelated environmental events can converge over time to produce consequences that are counter-intuitively larger and graver than their causes. This felt disparity between actions and outcomes can violate an audience's sense of fairness, biasing the audience against a persuasive appeal.
M W 4:30pm-5:50pm
Instructor(s): Tracy Weiner

*ENST 20008. Understanding Standing Rock: Contemporary Native America. EEP, SNS
From April 2016 to February 2017, Native American advocates and their allies came to the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the process they joined leaders, citizens, and supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose tribal lands the pipeline skirted, and who opposed its Lake Oahe crossing, claiming that it threatened their water source, and was approved without proper legal vetting. Their efforts, and the responses to them by local law enforcement and pipeline security, drew national attention both to the specifics of their cause, and to the circumstances of Native American nations in the U.S. generally. Understanding Standing Rock demands a deeper consideration of the socioeconomic, legal, and cultural conditions that shape U.S. relations with Native Americans and their nations. This class takes the occasion of the Standing Rock/Mni Wiconi/#NODAPL movement and its circumstances to introduce students to the history and contemporary shape of US relations to Native American peoples, their legal, political, and socioeconomic opportunities and constraints, and how Native Nations today are working to articulate, in their own terms, their status in the United States and the world.
T Th 12:30-1:50pm
Instructor(s): Justin Richland

ENST 21301. Making The Natural World. Core requirement
This course considers the conceptual underpinnings of contemporary Western notions of ecology, environment, and balance, but it also examines several specific historical trajectories of anthropogenic landscape change. We approach these issues from the vantage of several different disciplinary traditions, including environmental history, philosophy, ecological anthropology, and paleoecology.
T Th 11:00am-12:20pm
Instructor(s): Alison Anastasio

ENST 21730. Science, Technology and Media via Japan. SNS, UE
This course will explore issues of culture, technology, and environment in Japan through the lens of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Media Studies. The course is designed for undergraduate students. Its overall aim is to introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts, themes, and problematics in these fields via the particular social and historical circumstances in Japan. Some of the central concerns will be around issues of environment, disaster, gender, labor, media theory, gaming, and animation. In addition, we will devote attention to the recent emergence of the term media ecology as a framework problematizing technologically engineered environments.
T Th 9:30-10:50am
Instructor(s): Michael Fisch 

*ENST 22708. Planetary Britain, 1600-1900. SNS
What were the causes behind Britain's Industrial Revolution? In the vast scholarship on this problem, one particularly heated debate has focused on the imperial origins of industrialization. How much did colonial resources and markets contribute to economic growth and technological innovation in the metropole? The second part of the course will consider the global effects of British industrialization. To what extent can we trace anthropogenic climate change and other planetary crises back to the environmental transformation wrought by the British Empire? Topics include ecological imperialism, metabolic rift, the sugar revolution, the slave trade, naval construction and forestry, the East India Company, free trade and agriculture, energy use and climate change.
Th 2:00pm-4:50pm
Instructor(s): Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

ENST 23100. Environmental Law. EEP, UE
This lecture/discussion course examines the development of laws and legal institutions that address environmental problems and advance environmental policies. Topics include the common law background to traditional environmental regulation, the explosive growth and impact of federal environmental laws in the second half of the twentieth century, regulations and the urban environment, and the evolution of local and national legal structures in response to environmental challenges.
T Th 5:00pm-6:20pm
Instructor(s): Raymond Lodato

ENST 23289. Marine Ecology. ES
This course provides an introduction into the physical, chemical, and biological forces controlling the function of marine ecosystems and how marine communities are organized. The structures of various types of marine ecosystems are described and contrasted, and the lectures highlight aspects of marine ecology relevant to applied issues such as conservation and harvesting.
T Th 2:00pm-3:20pm
Instructor(s): John Timothy Wootton

*ENST 23506. Being Human In The Anthropocene. SNS
The Anthropocene is a relatively new term to describe a geologic age in which humans shape the earth on a planetary scale (e.g. through climate change, nuclear weapons). While this term arose in the sciences, it raises many questions best addressed by the humanities including the study of religion and ethics. After discussing definitions of the Anthropocene, this course will examine several questions about what it means to be human in the Anthropocene. These questions may include What vision of humanity is that is implied by or presumed by the Anthropocene? Is the term problematically or appropriately anthropocentric (human centered)? Does the term allow or discourage recognizing the uneven contributions to environmental change and the uneven burdens of environment.
T Th 2:00pm-3:20pm
Instructor(s): Sarah E. Fredericks

*ENST 23550. Urban Ecology And The Nature Of Cities. EEP, UE
Urban ecology is an interdisciplinary field derived from the academic discipline of ecology. How well does classical ecological theory, typically formed from reductionist views of nature without humans, describe and predict patterns in human-dominated landscapes? We will discuss some of the fundamental concepts in ecological theory, examine how these concepts apply to urban systems, and explore the paradigms of ecology in, of, and for cities. Readings and discussions will focus on classical research papers from the ecological literature, history of modern ecology, and contemporary approaches to studying biotic systems in cities.
M W 1:30pm-2:50pm
Instructor(s): Alison Anastasio

*ENST 23650. Revolutionizing Agriculture: Early Modern Technologies For The New Millennium. SNS
Based on a wave of sustainable and organic farming technologies that have reinvented early modern growing practices, this course integrates USDA reports and modern field and lab studies into the historiography of The British Agricultural Revolution. Not all historical technologies were sustainable, and this course relies upon modern agronomy to evaluate the environmental costs and benefits of the farming improvements that defined the British Agricultural Revolution. We similarly explore primary historical sources and historiography to better understand the environmental limits of the technologies used by organic and sustainable farmers today. By bringing the science and history into discourse, we will take a critical look at the British Agricultural Revolution, which is thought to have facilitated the Industrial Revolution by accumulating capital for investment and by allowing England to feed a growing urban population and manufacturing sector without a significant increase in arable acres. We know that yields per acre per worker did increase, but this is the only aspect of the story that remains unquestioned. Some agricultural improvement technologies, like light plowing and enclosure, caused catastrophic environmental harms that ultimately lowered yields over time. Other technologies like The Norfolk Rotation may have had small and gradual impacts over time and cannot be easily correlated with increases in yields on a site-by-site basis in the historical literature or in modern field trials. Other early modern technologies have proven to be more beneficial than previously thought. How can a better understanding of this history inform farming practices today?
M W 10:30am-12:20pm
Instructor(s): Amy Coombs

ENST 24190. Imagining Chicago’s Common Buildings. UE
This class is an architectural studio based in the common residential buildings of Chicago and the city’s built environment. While a design project and architectural skills will be the focus of the class, it will also incorporate readings, a small amount of writing, and some social and geographical history. We will: (1) give students interested in pursuing architecture or the study of cities experience with a studio class and some skills related to architectural thinking, (2) acquaint students intimately with Chicago's common residential buildings and built fabric, and (3) situate all this within a context of social thought about residential architecture, common buildings, housing, and the city.
Seminar: Fridays, 3:00-5:50pm
Skills Workshop: Mondays, 8:30-9:30pm
Instructor(s): Staff

ENST 24660. Urban Geography. UE
This course examines the spatial organization and current restructuring of modern cities in light of the economic, social, cultural, and political forces that shape them. It explores the systematic interactions between social process and physical system. We cover basic concepts of urbanism and urbanization, systems of cities urban growth, migration, centralization and decentralization, land-use dynamics, physical geography, urban morphology, and planning. Field trip in Chicago region required. This course is part of the College Course Cluster, Urban Design.
T Th 9:30-10:50am
Instructor(s): Michael P Conzen

*ENST 24756. Exploring the Resilient City. EEP, UE
In recent years, sub-national units of government have enacted meaningful policy plans in the wake of the ongoing failure of the international community to address global climate change.   Cities in particular have shaped their plans to address the now-inevitable effects of climate change by adopting policies that emphasize resilience and environmental protection, without sacrificing economic growth, and with attention to the ongoing challenges of poverty and inequality.  This course will take a comparative look at the policies adopted by cities on an international basis, while defining what it means to be a resilient city and how much the built environment can be adjusted to limit the environmental impact of densely populated metropolises.  It will also consider what impact citizen activism and input had upon the shape of each plan and the direction that its policies took.  Students will also be asked to consider what might be missing from each plan and how each plan could be improved to foster greater resiliency.
T Th 3:30-4:50pm
Instructor(s): Raymond Lodato

ENST 25500. Biogeography. ES
This course examines factors governing the distribution and abundance of animals and plants. Topics include patterns and processes in historical biogeography, island biogeography, geographical ecology, areography, and conservation biology (e.g., design and effectiveness of nature reserves).
T Th 2:00pm-3:20pm
Instructor(s): Lawrence Heaney

ENST 28800. Readings in Spatial Analysis. UE
This independent reading option is an opportunity to explore special topics in the exploration, visualization and statistical modeling of geospatial data.
Instructor(s): Luc Anselin

ENST 28980. Readings in Urban Planning and Design. UE
This independent reading option is an opportunity to explore contemporary debates and theoretical arguments involved in the planning and design of cities.
Instructor(s): Emily Talen

ENST 29700. Reading And Research
This course is a reading and research course for independent study not related to BA research or BA paper preparation. Prerequisite(s): Consent of faculty supervisor and program director Note(s): Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course may be counted as one of the electives required for the major.
Instructor(s): Sabina Shaikh

ENST 29802. BA Colloquium-2. Core requirement
This colloquium assists students in conceptualizing, researching, and writing their BA theses.
W 3:00pm-5:50pm
Instructor(s): Matthew Knisley

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Autumn 2017

ENST 12300.  Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast.  ES
This course presents the science behind the forecast of global warming to enable the student to evaluate the likelihood and potential severity of anthropogenic climate change in the coming centuries. It includes an overview of the physics of the greenhouse effect, including comparisons with Venus and Mars; an overview of the carbon cycle in its role as a global thermostat; predictions and reliability of climate model forecasts of the greenhouse world.
Instructor(s): Macayeal, Douglas R.
Prerequisite(s): some knowledge of chemistry or physics helpful.
Equivalent Course(s): GEOS 13400, ENSC 134

ENST 13132. Ecology in the Anthropocene
This course emphasizes basic scientific understanding of ecological principles that relate most closely to the ways humans interact with their environments. It includes lectures on the main environmental pressures, notably human population growth, disease, pollution, climate change, habitat destruction, and harvesting. We emphasize the ongoing impacts on the natural world, particularly causes of population regulation and extinction and how they might feedback on to humans. Discussion required.
Instructor(s): Trevor Price
Prerequisite(s): Bios 10130. NO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJORS AND NO NON-BIOLOGY PRE-MEDS, except by petition.
Equivalent course(s): BIOS 13132

ENST 21201.  Human Impact on the Global Environment.  Core requirement
The goal of this course is to analyze the impact of the human enterprise on the world that sustains it. Topics include human population dynamics, historical trends in human well-being, and our use of natural resources—especially in relation to the provision of energy, water, and food—and the impacts that these activities have on the range of goods and services provided by geological/ecological systems. We read and discuss diverse sources and write short weekly papers.
Instructor(s): Ray Lodato
Note(s): ENST 21201 and 21301 are required of students who are majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies and may be taken in any order.
Equivalent Course(s): NCDV 21201

ENST 22209. Philosophies of Environmentalism and Sustainability. SNS
Many of the toughest ethical and political challenges confronting the world today are related to environmental issues: for example, climate change, loss of biodiversity, the unsustainable use of natural resources, pollution, and other threats to the well-being of both present and future generations. Using both classic and contemporary works, this course will highlight some of the fundamental and unavoidable philosophical questions presented by such environmental issues. Can a plausible philosophical account of justice for future generations be developed? What counts as the ethical treatment of non-human animals? What do the terms “nature” and “wilderness” mean, and can natural environments as such have moral and/or legal standing? What fundamental ethical and political perspectives inform such positions as ecofeminism, the “Land Ethic,” political ecology, ecojustice, and deep ecology? And does the environmental crisis confronting the world today demand new forms of ethical and political philosophizing and practice? Are we in the Anthropocene? Is “adaptation” the best strategy at this historical juncture? Field trips, guest speakers, and special projects will help us philosophize about the fate of the earth by connecting the local and the global. (A) (B)
Instructor(s): Bart Schultz
Prerequisite(s): Course is open to Undergraduates and MAPH students
Equivalent course(s): GNSE 22204, HMRT 22201, MAPH 32209, PHIL 22209, PLSC 22202

ENST 23900.  Environmental Chemistry.  ES
The focus of this course is the fundamental science underlying issues of local and regional scale pollution. In particular, the lifetimes of important pollutants in the air, water, and soils are examined by considering the roles played by photochemistry, surface chemistry, biological processes, and dispersal into the surrounding environment. Specific topics include urban air quality, water quality, long-lived organic toxins, heavy metals, and indoor air pollution. Control measures are also considered.
Instructor(s): Archer, David
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 11101-11201 or equivalent, and prior calculus course.
Equivalent Course(s): GEOS 23900, ENSC 23900

ENST 24701  U.S. Environmental Policy.  EEP
Environmental policy is the product of political, historical, economic, and cultural factors that lead to certain outcomes (and not others). This course will examine each of these factors and their importance in shaping the environmental policies that exist in the United States, with consideration of both public lands and pollution control policies, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of environmental activism and policymaking.
Instructor(s): Lodato, Raymond
Equivalent Course(s): PBPL 24701, LLSO 24901

ENST 26000. Chicago Neighborhoods. UE
This course is an applied learning experience in which students explore the many dimensions of Chicago neighborhoods, with a particular focus on the built environment and how it impacts – and is impacted by – the social and economic life of the city. Students will observe, interpret and represent neighborhoods through a series of exercises designed to deepen knowledge about the significance and meaning of neighborhood form. Readings and fieldwork will engage students in neighborhood analysis and observation techniques that explore contemporary issues about public life, diversity, and social equity.
Instructor(s): Emily Talen
Equivalent course(s): GEOG 24000, PBPL 24005, SOSC 26000

ENST 26003. Chicago by Design. UE
This course examines the theory and practice of urban design at the scale of block, street, and building—the pedestrian realm. Topics include walkability; the design of streets; architectural style and its effect on pedestrian experience; safety and security in relation to accessibility and social connection; concepts of urban fabric, repair, and placemaking; the regulation of urban form; and the social implications of civic spaces. Students will analyze normative principles and the debates that surround them through readings and discussion as well as firsthand interaction with the urbanism of Chicago.
Instructor(s): Emily Talen
Equivalent course(s): GEOG 24300, PBPL 26003, SOSC 26003

ENST 26100. Roots Of Modern American City.  SNS
This course traces the economic, social, and physical development of the city in North America from pre-European times to the mid-twentieth century. We emphasize evolving regional urban systems, the changing spatial organization of people and land use in urban areas, and the developing distinctiveness of American urban landscapes. All-day Illinois field trip required.
Instructor: Michael Conzen
Equivalent course(s): GEOG 26100, HIST 28900

ENST 265301. Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic and Policy Analysis. EEP
The connections between environment, agriculture, and food are inherent in our social, cultural, and economic networks. Land use, natural resource management, energy balances, and environmental impacts are all important components in the evolution of agricultural systems. Therefore it is important to develop ways in which to understand these connections in order to design effective agricultural programs and policies. This course is designed to provide students with guidance on the models and tools needed to conduct an economic research study on the intersecting topics of environment, agriculture, and food. Students learn how to develop original research ideas using a quantitative and applied economic policy analysis for professional and scholarly audiences. Students collect, synthesize, and analyze data using economic and statistical tools. Students provide outcomes and recommendations based on scholarly, objective, and policy relevant research rather than on advocacy or opinions, and produce a final professional-quality report for a workshop presentation and publication. This small seminar course is open by instructor consent to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the prerequisites. For consideration, please submit a one-page proposal of research to
Instructor(s): Sabina Shaikh
Prerequisite(s): ECON 20000 or ECON 20100 or PBPL 20000 or PBPL 22200 (or equivalent), STAT 22000 or STAT 23400 or PBPL 26400 (or equivalent); for ECON enrollment: ECON 20000 and ECON 20100, STAT 23400 This small seminar course is open by instructor consent to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the prerequisites. For consideration, please submit a one-page proposal stating a preliminary research idea with a brief description of possible methods and data sources to by Monday, June 5th.
Equivalent course(s): ECON 26530, PBPL 26530, PPHA 32510

ENST 27400.  Epidemiology and Population Health. ES
This course does not meet requirements for the biological sciences major. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in human populations. This course introduces the basic principles of epidemiologic study design, analysis, and interpretation through lectures, assignments, and critical appraisal of both classic and contemporary research articles.
Instructor(s): Diane Lauderdale
Prerequisite(s): STAT 220 or other introductory statistics highly desirable.
Equivalent Course(s): PBHS 30910, PPHA 36410, STAT 22810

ENST 28220. Global Energy & Climate Challenge: Economics, Science & Policy.
The global energy and climate challenge is one of the most important and urgent problems society faces. Progress requires identifying approaches to ensure people have access to the inexpensive and reliable energy critical for human development, without causing disruptive climate change or unduly compromising health and the environment. The course pairs technical and economic analysis to develop an understanding of policy challenges in this area. Lecture topics will include the past, present, and future of energy supply and demand, global climate change, air pollution and its health consequences, selected energy technologies such as solar photovoltaics, nuclear power, unconventional oil and gas, and an analysis of theoretical and practical policy solutions in developed and emerging economies.
Instructor(s): Michael Greenstone
Prerequisiste(s): third or fourth year standing
Equivalent course(s): BPRO 29200, ECON 26730, PBPL 29200

ENST 29000.  Energy and Energy Policy.  EEP
This course shows how scientific constraints affect economic and other policy decisions regarding energy, what energy-based issues confront our society, how we may address them through both policy and scientific study, and how the policy and scientific aspects can and should interact. We address specific technologies and the policy questions associated with each, as well as with more overarching aspects of energy policy that may affect several, perhaps many, technologies.
Instructor(s): Berry, R. Stephen and George S. Tolley
Prerequisite(s): Third- or fourth-year standing. For ECON 26800: ECON 26500 and consent of instructor.
Equivalent course(s): BPRO 29000, PPHA 39201, CHSS 37502, PBPL 29000, PSMS 39000, ECON 26800

ENST 29801.  B.A. Colloquium. Core requirement
This colloquium is designed to aid students in their thesis research. Students are exposed to different conceptual frameworks and research strategies. The class meets weekly.
Instructor(s): Staff
Prerequisite(s): Students must have an approved topic proposal and a faculty reader.
Note(s): Required of students with fourth-year standing who are majoring in Environmental Studies.

ANTH 21339. The Anthropocene: A Time for Humans? SNS.
Earth scientists have observed that human activity is now a dominant driver of planetary processes that could depart from expected, natural behavior for thousands, or even millions, of years. Some have proposed that this signals the onset of a new epoch in Earth’s history, the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene concept has had profound effects, captivating scholarly imagination across disciplines and departments, from Geology to English. This course will familiarize students with the contours of a contentious debate understood to have far-ranging theoretical, methodological, moral, and political repercussions. It is intended as a case study for tracing the links between science and society through several lenses drawn from anthropology and social studies of science. We will first consider different ways of conceiving of time, historical narrative, and human-environment relations before investigating how it became possible to think about planetary crisis. We will then explore how international scientific communities are weighing competing claims about the material traces of an Anthropocene and its onset. We will finish with a series of vignettes that demonstrate how the Anthropocene concept could spur a reconfiguration of knowledge production and social life more broadly.
Instructor: Matthew Knisley

BIOS 11140.  Biotechnology for the 21st Century.  ES
This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Topics will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics. The goal of this course is to provide the Biology non-majors with an appreciation of important biotechnology breakthroughs and the associated bioethics issues.
Instructor(s): Bhasin, Navneet
Prerequisite(s): BIOS 10130. NO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJORS, except by petition.

BIOS 13131. Chicago’s Natural History.  ES
In this course you will explore the organisms of the Chicago region, and learn how to identify major groups of organisms: animal phyla and some orders and classes, plant divisions and higher plant families. The identification principles will be useful beyond Chicago as well. The class will combine field and lab exercises in sampling and identification, and lectures on the ecology and evolution of the organisms, with an emphasis on species native to the region. Be prepared to work outdoors and walk around Hyde Park, carrying a net and with binoculars on, in all sorts of weather.
Instructor(s): Hunter, Alison
Prerequisite(s): BIOS 10130. NO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJORS, except by petition.

BIOS 13140.  The Public and Private Lives of Insects.  ES
This course examines the ecology and evolution of insects, from their early evolution over 350 million years ago to their adaptations that allow them to exploit nearly every habitat on earth and become the most diverse animal group on the planet. We explore the basic biology of insects that have allowed them to become the largest group of animals on the planet, making up approximately 1.5 million of the 2 million described species.
Instructor(s): Larsen, Eric
Prerequisite(s): BIOS 10130. NO BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJORS, except by petition.

BIOS 20196.  Ecology and Conservation.  ES
This course focuses on the contribution of ecological theory to the understanding of current issues in conservation biology. We emphasize quantitative methods and their use for applied problems in ecology (e.g., risk of extinction, impact of harvesting, role of species interaction, analysis of global change). Course material is drawn mostly from current primary literature; lab and field components complement concepts taught through lecture. Overnight field trip required.
Instructor(s): Pfister, Catherine
Prerequisite(s): BIOS 20150, BIOS 20151 or BIOS 20152.
Note(s): BIOS 20196 is identical to the previously offered BIOS 23251. Students who have taken BIOS 23251 should not enroll in BIOS 20196.

GEOG 29400. Readings in Nature and Culture.  SNS
This independent reading option is an opportunity for research and discussion on the logic and pathology revealed in evidence of the human use and misuse of the Earth.
Instructor(s): Staff
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 20001 or consent of instructor.

GEOS 13100.  Physical Geology.  ES
This course introduces plate tectonics; the geologic cycle; and the internal and surface processes that make minerals and rocks, as well as that shape the scenery. Topics include: planetary geophysics; evidence leading to the theory of plate tectonics; natural hazards including earthquakes and volcanoes; economic geology including energy resources, ores, and mineral resources; crustal deformation and mountain building; and surface processes (erosion, groundwater). Laboratory exercises introduce identifying features of rocks and minerals, and interpreting geological maps. Biweekly writing assignments explore topics in geology that are supplemental to the lecture material. (L)
Instructor(s): David Rowley

GEOS 24220.  Climate Foundations.  ES
This course introduces the basic physics governing the climate of planets, the Earth in particular but with some consideration of other planets. Topics include atmospheric thermodynamics of wet and dry atmospheres, the hydrological cycle, blackbody radiation, molecular absorption in the atmosphere, the basic principles of radiation balance, and diurnal and seasonal cycles. Students solve problems of increasing complexity, moving from pencil-and-paper problems to programming exercises, to determine surface and atmospheric temperatures and how they evolve. An introduction to scientific programming is provided, but the fluid dynamics of planetary flows is not covered. (L) Prerequisite(s): Prior physics course (preferably PHYS 13300 and 14300) and knowledge of calculus required; prior geophysical sciences course not required. Note(s): Prior programming experience helpful but not required.
Instructor: Moyer, Elizabeth

HIST 25422. Global Environmental Humanities. SNS.
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities, which calls on us to study the global environment, and the threats posed by globalization and climate change, using the tools of history, cultural studies, philosophy, and literature. Reading texts from these and other disciplines, we will attend to the ways that “environment” registers in political, aesthetic, and social life across the globe. Sample authors: Fernand Braudel, William Cronon, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Amitav Ghosh, Ursula Heise, Joseph Masco, Jed Purdy, Anna Tsing.
Instructor: Isabel Gabel
Equivalent course(s): CHSS 38307, HIPS 28307

STAT 22000.  Statistical Methods and Applications.  Core requirement
This course introduces statistical techniques and methods of data analysis, including the use of computers. Examples are drawn from the biological, physical, and social sciences. Students are required to apply the techniques discussed to data drawn from actual research. Topics include data description, graphical techniques, exploratory data analyses, random variation and sampling, one- and two-sample problems, analysis of variance, linear regression, and analysis of discrete data.
Instructor(s): Yibi Huang
Note(s): Students who matriculate in the College after August 2008 may count either STAT 22000 or 23400, but not both, toward the forty-two credits required for graduation.