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Environment, Ecology, and Energy Program

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

First Session, 2021

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. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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


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. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

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. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ENEC 475 (PLCY 475) The Political Economy of Food (3)

This course examines the political and economic dimensions of the food we eat, how it is produced, who eats what, and related social and environmental issues, both domestic and international, affecting the production, pricing, trade, distribution, and consumption of food. Honors version available. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ENEC 482 Coastal Energy and the Environment (3-4)

This course develops and applies core principles essential to understanding and evaluating coastal environmental policy and renewable resource use. The principles include the economics of pollution, public choice, information and cost-benefit analysis, property rights, incentive-based regulation, and the economics of renewable resources. Includes insights from politics and ethics. Taught at off-campus field station. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ENEC 698 Capstone: Analysis and Solution of Environmental Problems (3)

MAYMESTER. Interdisciplinary, team-based analyses of environmental phenomena are performed and applied to problems of the selection of effective environmental strategies. Students may select from a wide range of examples and venues.

In this 3-credit course, students will fill their ENEC capstone graduation requirement by working on a project focused on advancing sustainability goals for a client. In this capstone project, students will apply their GIS skills to explore upgrades to our nation’s transportation system via the construction of electric vehicle charging stations. Depending on enrollment, a second project, also focused on improving environmental sustainability will be added.

Second Session, 2021

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. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.