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Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program

3301 Venable Hall, CB# 3275
(919) 962-1270

First Session, 2022

ENEC 201 Introduction to Environment and Society (4)

Human-environment interactions are examined through analytical methods from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. The focus is on the role of social, political, and economic factors in controlling interactions between society and the environment in historical and cultural contexts. Three lecture hours and one recitation hour a week. Honors version available.

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 237 (ANTH 237) Food, Environment, and Sustainability (3)

MAYMESTER. Explores the nexus of agricultural, ecological, and food systems as they dynamically interact. The class examines case studies from North Carolina and other parts of the world. Themes include nutrition, food security, agroecology, and sustainable livelihoods. Students engage in readings, class projects, and hands-on activities in a laboratory setting.

ENEC 264 (GEOG 264) Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice (3) ****Canceled****

MAYMESTER. This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. There is a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa Bay during the second week of the course. There are additional costs to this course estimated at $500 that will cover transportation, lodging, and food during the field trip.

ENEC 307 Energy and Material Flows in the Environment and Society (3)

ONLINE. Examines regional to global scale flow of materials and energy through materials extractions, processing, manufacturing, product use, recycling and disposal, including relevance to policy development. Reviews natural cycles, basic physics, and technology of energy production. Field trips to nearby energy projects will be organized and might require students to be occasionally available outside of regular class times.

Second Session, 2022

ENEC 201 Introduction to Environment and Society (4)

Human-environment interactions are examined through analytical methods from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. The focus is on the role of social, political, and economic factors in controlling interactions between society and the environment in historical and cultural contexts. Three lecture hours and one recitation hour a week. Honors version available.

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.