Environment and Ecology
3301 Venable Hall CB# 3275
FIRST SESSION, 2017
ENEC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (MASC 220) (3). MAYMESTER. North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most productive, most scenic, and most threatened estuaries. This class will use the Neuse River estuary as a case study to examine both natural processes and human impacts on estuarine systems. The course is heavily “hands-on” and blends field research, laboratory analysis, data synthesis and interpretation. Suitable for both science and non-science majors. Students spend one week at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City. They participate in a cruise on the R/V Capricorn to the Neuse River estuary in which they actively engage in research using state-of-the art techniques. On non-cruise days, students work on laboratory analysis, data synthesis, and group reports and have afternoon seminars conducted by IMS faculty and graduate students. In addition, students will tour other estuarine research facilities such as National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Course has an extra fee for the off-campus component.
ENEC 254 International Environmental Politics (POLI 254) (3). Covers the politics of environmental issues, with a focus on issues that have become internationalized. It focuses on the special problems that arise in creating rules for environmental management and regulation when no single government has authority to enforce those rules.
ENEC 306H/BUSI 306H/490H Business and the Environment (3). MAYMESTER. Introduction to the methods for selecting management practices in business and industry in ways that optimize environmental quality and economic prosperity. Three lecture hours a week. ***Cancelled***
ENEC 309 Environmental Values and Valuation (3).ONLINE. Introduction to the methods for assigning value to aspects of the environment and to interhuman and human-environment interactions. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on methods from philosophy, ecology, psychology, aesthetics, economics, religion, etc. Computer equipped with internet access required. This section of the course will explore traditional and contemporary approaches to environmental valuation through five modules: 1) early U.S. environmental valuation; 2) Leopold’s A/B dichotomy; 3) environmental movements; 4) ecosystem services; and 5) current environmental controversies. Each module will include negotiation games and scored experiential learning exercises to achieve specific course objectives. The class meets online together for synchronized instruction in the 6-8:35 pm time Tues and Thurs and includes additional independent asynchronized learning. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Course flyer.
ENEC 490 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies (3). MAYMESTER. Advanced topics from diverse areas of environmental science and/or environmental studies are explored. The Future of Energy. The class includes a 3-4 night field trip to several locations in Eastern North Carolina. Extra fee of ~$200.
SECOND SESSION, 2017
ENEC 482 Energy and the Environment: A Coastal Perspective (3). Explores coastal and offshore energy issues, including energy demand, present-day and innovative sources of energy to meet that demand, economics, policy, and environmental and human health outcomes of different energy sources. Summer session only; online and field trip hybrid course, with a mandatory eight-day field site component on the Outer Banks. Housing and field activities arranged by the instructor, which will carry a fee. Computer equipped with internet access required. Intensive week-long field study in Manteo, N.C. is a mandatory part of the course. Accommodations for the field portion of the class will be arranged by the instructor. Additional lab ($55) and lodging (~ $100) fees apply.