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ENEC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (MASC 220) (3). 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 264 Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice (GEOG 264) (3). MAYMESTER. This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. This course has a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa, Fla. during the second week of Maymester (5/20 – 5/26). There is an additional fee of approximately $290 (dependent on enrollment) to cover transportation, lodging, and food during the Tampa field trip.

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 490 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies: Energy in a Sustainable Environment (3). MAYMESTER. Advanced topics from diverse areas of environmental science and/or environmental studies are explored. This course will focus on the future of energy. The class includes a mandatory 3-4 night field trip to several locations in Eastern North Carolina. Extra program fee of ~$200.


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 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. Online hybrid course, with a mandatory eight-day field study trip in Manteo on the Outer Banks. Housing and field activities will be arranged by the instructor and will carry a fee. Computer equipped with internet access required. Accommodations for the required field portion of the class will be arranged by the instructor. Additional lab ($55) and lodging (~ $100) fees apply.