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Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program

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

First Session, 2020

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. ***Canceled***

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

ONLINE.  This course examines the major resources and technologies used to provide energy services to our society from a life cycle perspective. Environmental effects related to raw materials extraction, energy conversion and final disposal of energy systems are discussed. Basic concepts of energy systems analysis and economic profitability analysis are introduced.

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.

ENEC 371 Energy Policy (PLCY 371) (3)

MAYMESTER. This course will provide an overview of some of the most challenging energy issues of the 21st century and will cover the tools and perspectives necessary to analyze those problems. Class sessions will incorporate a mix of seminar-style discussion, skill-based workshops, and field trips.

Second Session, 2020

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.