2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Tri-Co Environmental Studies Minor With The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program

Students may complete a minor in Environmental Studies in conjunction with any major at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by the home department and the home-campus Environmental Studies director.

Faculty

Bryn Mawr College

Don Barber, Associate Professor of Geology on the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental Studies
Peter Briggs, Chair and Professor of English
David Consiglio, Instructor of Geographic Information Systems
Rick Davis, Professor of Anthropology
Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics on the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Change Master Fund
Jonas Goldsmith, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Karen Greif, Professor of Biology
Carol Hager, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Social Sciences
Thomas Mozdzer, Assistant Professor of Biology
Michael Rock, Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History
David Ross, Chair and Associate Professor of Economics
Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor of English
Ellen Stroud, Associate Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities on the Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D., Professorship in Environmental Studies, and Director of Environmental Studies
Nathan Wright, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Haverford College

Nikhil Anand, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Kimberly Benston, Provost and Professor of English
Craig Borowiak, Associate Professor of Political Science
Kaye Edwards, Associate Professor of Independent College Programs
C. Stephen Finley, Professor of English
Andrew Friedman, Assistant Professor of History
Jerry Gollub, Professor of Physics
Karl Johnson, Professor of Biology
Iruka Okeke, Associate Professor of Biology
Robert Scarrow, Professor of Chemistry
Helen White, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Jonathan Wilson, Assistant Professor and Director of Environmental Studies

Swarthmore College

Elizabeth Bolton, Professor of English Literature
Timothy Burke, Professor of History
Peter Collings, Professor of Physics and Director of Environmental Studies
Eric Everbach, Professor of Engineering
Megan Heckert, Visiting Assistant Professor
Alison Holliday, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Eric Jensen, Professor of Astronomy
Jose-Luis Machado, Associate Professor of Biology
Arthur McGarity, Professor of Engineering
Rachel Merz, Professor of Biology
Carol Nackenoff, Professor of Political Science
Hans Oberdiek, Professor of Philosophy      
Christine Schuetze, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion

The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College enables students and faculty to come together to explore academic interests in the environment. The program sponsors speakers, special events, and field trips, and offers support for student work during the summer, in the form of the college’s competitive Green Grants. In addition, The Harris Environmental Studies Program is the Bryn Mawr campus home for the Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor. The program benefits from two endowed chairs in Environmental Studies, The Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Growth and Structure of Cities Associate Professor Ellen Stroud, and the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Geology Associate Professor Donald Barber.

The Tri-Co Environmental Studies Minor

Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges offer an interdisciplinary Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor, involving departments and faculty from the natural sciences, engineering, math, social sciences, humanities, and the arts on all three campuses. The Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor aims to bring students and faculty together to explore interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments.

The Tri-Co ES Minor aims to cultivate in students the capacity to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, encompassing historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific, and ethical modes of inquiry. Acknowledging the reciprocal dimensions of materiality and culture in the historical formations of environments, this program is broadly framed by a series of interlocking dialogues: between the “natural” and the “built”; between the local and the global; and between the human and the nonhuman.

The minor consists of six courses, including an introductory course and a capstone course, and the courses may be completed at any of the three campuses (or any combination thereof). To declare the minor, students should contact the Environmental Studies director at their home campus.

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, as follows:

  1. A required introductory course to be taken prior to the senior year. This may be ENVS 101 at Bryn Mawr or Haverford or the parallel course at Swarthmore College (ENVS 001). Any one of these courses will satisfy the requirement, and students may take no more than one such course for credit toward the minor.
  2. Four elective course credits from approved lists of core and cognate courses, including two credits in each of the following two categories (A and B). No more than one cognate course credit may be used for each category (see course list below for more information about core and cognate courses). Students are encouraged to count no more than one elective from their major field toward the minor, and to pay close attention to rules for double-counting on their home campuses and in their major departments.
    A)    Environmental Science, Engineering & Math: courses that build understanding and knowledge of scientific methods and theories, and that explore how these can be applied in identifying and addressing environmental challenges. At least one of the courses in this category should have a laboratory component.
    B)    Environmental Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts: courses that build understanding and knowledge of social and political structures as well as ethical considerations, and how these inform our individual and collective responses to environments.
  3. A senior seminar with culminating work that reflects tangible research design and inquiry. Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College’s ENVS 397 (Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, co-taught by faculty members from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges) and Swarthmore College’s ENVS 091 (Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar) satisfy the requirement.

Core Courses for the Environmental Studies Minor

  • Every student should take an introductory course (101 or 001) before the senior year
  • Every student should take a capstone course (397 or 091) during the senior year

Bryn Mawr
ENVS B101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS B397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Haverford
ENVS H101 Case Studies in Environmental Issues
ENVS H397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar

Swarthmore
ENVS S001 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS S091 Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar

Approved Electives for the Environmental Studies Minor

  • Two courses are required from each category (A and B).
  • At least one course in Category A should have a lab.
  • Only one course in each category may be a “cognate” course. Cognate courses, marked with an asterisk, are valuable for the minor but are not as centrally focused on environmental studies methodologies and materials as other courses on the list.
  • Pay close attention to “double-counting” rules for your major. You are encouraged to choose electives outside of your major.

Category A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering

Bryn Mawr
BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy
BIOL B220 (L) Ecology
BIOL B225* Biology of Plants
BIOL B250* Computational Methods
BIOL B309 (L) Biological Oceanography
BIOL B320 (L) Evolutionary Ecology
CHEM B206 Chemistry of Renewable Energy
GEOL B101 (L) How the Earth Works
GEOL B103 (L) Earth Systems and the Environment
GEOL B130* Life in Earth’s Future Climate (half-credit)
GEOL B203 Paleobiology
GEOL B206* Energy Resources and Sustainability
GEOL B209 Natural Hazards
GEOL B230* The Science of Soils
GEOL B255 Problem Solving in the Environmental Sciences
GEOL B298 Applied Environmental Science
GEOL B302 Low Temperature Geochemistry
GEOL B314 Marine Geology
GEOL B328* Geographic Information Systems
MATH B210* Differential Equations w/ Apps (Environmental Problems)
MATH B295 Introduction to Math and Sustainability

Haverford
BIOL H123* Perspectives in Biology: Scientific Literacy (half-credit)
BIOL H124* Perspectives in Biology: Tropical Infectious Disease (half-credit) 
BIOL H310* Molecular Microbiology (half-credit)
BIOL H314* Photosynthesis (half-credit)
CHEM H112*(L) Chemical Dynamics
CHEM H358 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (half-credit)
PHYS H111b Energy Options and Science Policy

Swarthmore
BIOL S016*(L) Microbiology
BIOL S017*(L) Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response
BIOL S020*(L) Animal Physiology
BIOL S025*(L) Plant Biology
BIOL S026*(L) Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL S031* History and Evolution of Human Food
BIOL S034*(L) Evolution
BIOL S036 (L) Ecology
BIOL S039 (L) Marine Biology
BIOL S115E Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology
BIOL S116* Microbial Processes and Biotechnology
BIOL S137 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
CHEM S001*(L) Chemistry in the Human Environment
CHEM S043*(L) Analytical Methods and Instrumentation
CHEM S103 Topics in Environmental Chemistry
ENGR S003* Problems in Technology
ENGR S004A Environmental Protection
ENGR S004B* Swarthmore and the Biosphere
ENGR S004E Introduction to Sustainable Systems Analysis
ENGR S035*(L) Solar Energy Systems
ENGR S057*(L) Operations Research
ENGR S063 (L) Water Quality and Pollution Control
ENGR S066 (L) Environmental Systems
ENVS S090* Directed Reading in Environmental Studies
MATH S056* Modeling
PHYS S002E* FYS: Energy
PHYS S020*(L) Principles of the Earth Sciences
PHYS S024 (L) The Earth and Its Climate

Category B) Environmental Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Bryn Mawr
ANTH B203 Human Ecology
ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology
ANTH B237 Environmental Health
ANTH B263* Anthropology and Architecture
ARCH B245 The Archaeology of Water
CITY B175 Environment and Society
CITY B201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis
CITY B241 Building Green
CITY B250* U.S. Urban Environmental History
CITY B278 American Environmental History
CITY B279 Global Environmental Change
CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environmental Studies
CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society
CITY B360 Brazil: City, Nature, Identity
CITY B377 Global Architecture of Oil
EAST B352 China’s Environment: History, Policy, and Rights
EAST B362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia
ECON B225* Economics of Development
ECON B234 Environmental Economics
ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs
EDUC B268 Educating for Environmental Literacy
ENGL B204* Literatures of American Expansion
ENGL B268 Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840
ENGL B275 Food Revolutions
ENGL B251 Food For Thought
ENGL B313 Ecological Imaginings
HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers and Natural Historians
HIST B237* Urbanization in Africa
PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics
POLS B222 Intro to Environmental Issues
POLS B278* Oil, Politics, Society and Economy
POLS B310* Comparative Public Policy
POLS B321* Technology and Politics
POLS B339* The Policy-making Process
POLS B354* Comparative Social Movements
SOCL B165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment
SOCL B247 Environmental Social Problems
SOCL B316* Science, Culture and Society

Haverford
ANTH H252* State and Development in South Asia
ANTH H263* Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society
ANTH H281 Nature/Culture: Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
ENGL H217* Humanimality
ENGL H257* British Topographies
ENGL H356 Studies in American Environment and Place
HIST H119* International History of the United States
HIST H253 History of the U.S. Built Environment
POLS H261* Global Civil Society
POLS H370 Environmental Political Thought

Swarthmore
ECON S076 Environmental Economics
ENGL S009C FYS: Imagining Natural History
ENGL S070G Writing Nature
ENGL S071H Natural History and the Imagination
ENVS S090* Directed Reading in Environmental Studies
ENVS S092* Research Project
HIST S089 Environmental History of Africa
LING S120* Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages
LITR S022G* Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture
PHIL S035 Environmental Ethics
POLS S043A Environmental Policy and Politics
POLS S043B Environmental Justice: Theory and Action
POLS S048* The Politics of Population
RELG S022 Religion and Ecology
SOAN S023C Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation

COURSES

ANTH B203 Human Ecology

The relationship of humans with their environment; culture as an adaptive mechanism and a dynamic component in ecological systems. Human ecological perspectives are compared with other theoretical orientations in anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 101, 102, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ANTH B237 Environmental Health

This course introduces principles and methods in environmental anthropology and public health used to analyze global environmental health problems globally and develop health and disease control programs. Topics covered include risk; health and environment; food production and consumption; human health and agriculture; meat and poultry production; and culture, urbanization, and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 102; permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2012)
Instructor(s):Hein,C.
(Spring 2013)

ARCH B245 The Archaeology of Water

This course examines the distribution of water throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean and the archaeology of water exploitation and management over the last 12,000 years. Recent anthropological models that challenge the concept of “hydraulic civilization” are emphasized as are contemporary attempts to revive traditional and ancient technologies to preserve and better manage modern water resources.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies; Geoarchaeology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ARCH B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS

Advanced seminar in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B328; BIOL-B328; GEOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy

A lecture/discussion course on major issues and advances in biology and their implications for public policy decisions. Topics discussed include reproductive technologies, genetic screening and gene therapy, environmental health hazards, and euthanasia and organ transplantation. Readings include scientific articles, public policy and ethical considerations, and lay publications. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: two quarters of BIOL 110-113, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B220 Ecology

A study of the interactions between organisms and their environments. The scientific underpinnings of current environmental issues, with regard to human impacts, are also discussed. Students will also become familiar with ecological principles and with the methods ecologists use to address ecological issues. Students will apply these principles through the design and implementation of experiments both in the laboratory and the field. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory/field investigation three hours a week. There will be optional field trips throughout the semester. Prerequisite: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Mozdzer,T.
(Fall 2012)

BIOL B225 Biology of Plants

In-depth examination of the structures and processes underlying survival, growth, reproduction, competition and diversity in plants. Three hours of lecture a week. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B250; GEOL-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B309 Biological Oceanography

A comprehensive examination of the principal ecosystems of the world’s oceans, emphasizing the biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to the distribution of marine organisms. A variety of marine ecosystems are examined, including rocky intertidal, and hydrocarbon seeps, with an emphasis on the distinctive characteristics of each system and the assemblage of organisms associated with each system. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. One required three-day field trip, for which an extra fee is collected, and other occasional field trips as allowed for by scheduling. Prerequisites: two quarters of BIOL 110-113 and one 200-level science course, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Gardiner,S.
(Spring 2013)

BIOL B320 Evolutionary Ecology

This course will examine how phenotypic variation in organisms is optimized and constrained by ecological and evolutionary factors. We will cover concepts and case studies in life history evolution, behavioral ecology, and population ecology with an emphasis on both mathematical and experimental approaches. Recommended Prerequisites: BIOL B111-B114 or BIOL B220
Requirement(s): Quantitative
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

BIOL B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS

Advanced seminar in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B328; ARCH-B328; GEOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CHEM B206 The Science of Renewable Energy

In this course the chemistry and physics of renewable energy, including solar, wind, geothermal and others, will be explored. Methodologies for energy storage will also be discussed. Quantitative tools will be developed to enable students to make effective and accurate comparisons between various types of energy generation processes. Prerequisites: completion of CHEM 103 and CHEM 104 with merit grades in both, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Goldsmith,J.
(Fall 2012)

CITY B103 Earth System Science and the Environment

This integrated approach to studying the Earth focuses on interactions among geology, oceanography, and biology. Also discussed are the consequences of population growth, industrial development, and human land use. Two lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork per week. A required two-day (Fri.-Sat.) field trip is taken in April.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B103
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Elkins,L., Barber,D.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B175 Environment and Society: History, Place, and Problems

Introduces the ideas, themes, and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies beginning with definitions: what is nature? What is environment? And how do people and their settlements fit into each? The course then moves to distinct disciplinary approaches in which scholarship can and does (and does not) inform our perceptions of the environment. Assignments introduce methodologies of environmental studies, requiring reading landscapes, working with census data and government reports, critically interpreting scientific data, and analyzing work of experts.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B175
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis

This course is designed to introduce the foundations of GIS with emphasis on applications for social and environmental analysis. It deals with basic principles of GIS and its use in spatial analysis and information management. Ultimately, students will design and carry out research projects on topics of their own choosing.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012)

CITY B204 Economics of Local Environmental Programs

Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basis services. Prerequisite: ECON 105
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B242
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,D.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B210 Natural Hazards

A quantitative approach to understanding the earth processes that impact human societies. We consider the past, current, and future hazards presented by geologic processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. The course includes discussion of the social, economic, and policy contexts within which natural geologic processes become hazards. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies. Lecture three hours a week, with one day-long field trip. Prerequisite: one semester of college science or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B209
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B222 Introduction to Environmental Issues

An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in solving global environmental problems such as climate change.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B222
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B237 Urbanization in Africa

The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of preindustrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B241 Building Green: Sustainable Design Past and Present

At a time when more than half of the human population lives in cities, the design of the urban environment is a key aspect of environmental studies. This course is designed for students to investigate issues of sustainable architecture and urban design in past and present.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B250 Topics in Growth and Spatial Organization of the City

This is a topics course. Topics vary. In Fall 2012 it will focus on the recent history of U.S. cities as both physical spaces and social entities. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since 1900? And how have those shifts, along with changes in transportation, communication, construction, and other technologies affected both the people and places that comprise U.S. cities?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B251
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Fall 2012)

CITY B278 American Environmental History

This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, development of ideas about nature and the history of environmental activism. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B279 Cities and the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

In this course, we focus on the human dimensions of global environmental change, especially as it relates to urban sustainability. While sustainability has often narrowly been viewed in environmental terms, we will analyze social and environmental justice as integral components of urban sustainability.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B321 Technology and Politics

An analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological development and democratic governance. Discussion of theoretical approaches is supplemented by case studies of particular issues, such as electoral politics, warfare and terrorism, social networking and citizen mobilization, climate change, agriculture and food safety.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B321
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS

Advanced seminar in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B328; BIOL-B328; GEOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

CITY B329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B345; SOCL-B346
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

CITY B377 Topics in Modern Architecture

This is a topics course on modern architecture. Topics vary. Current topic description: This course uses the global architecture of oil--its extraction, administration, and resale--to examine the impact of international economic networks on architecture and urban form since the mid- 19th century.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B377
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hein,C.
(Spring 2013)

CMSC B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B250; GEOL-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EAST B352 China’s Environment

This seminar explores China’s environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches , and then explores three general periods in China’s environmental changes, imperial times, Mao’s socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

EAST B362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia: China and Japan

This seminar explores environmental issues in contemporary East Asia from a historical perspective. It will explore the common and different environmental problems in Japan and China, and explain and interpret their causal factors and solving measures in cultural traditions, social movements, economic growth, political and legal institutions and practices, international cooperation and changing perceptions. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ECON B225 Economic Development

Examination of the issues related to and the policies designed to promote economic development in the developing economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Focus is on why some developing economies grow faster than others and why some growth paths are more equitable, poverty reducing, and environmentally sustainable than others. Includes consideration of the impact of international trade and investment policy, macroeconomic policies (exchange rate, monetary and fiscal policy) and sector policies (industry, agriculture, education, population, and environment) on development outcomes in a wide range of political and institutional contexts. Prerequisite: ECON 105.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stahnke,R.
(Spring 2013)

ECON B234 Environmental Economics

Introduction to the use of economic analysis explain the underlying behavioral causes of environmental and natural resource problems and to evaluate policy responses to them. Topics may include air and water pollution; the economic theory of externalities, public goods and the depletion of resources; cost-benefit analysis; valuing non-market benefits and costs; economic justice; and sustainable development. Writing Intensive. Course counts as Writing Intensive Course. Prerequisites: ECON 105
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B234
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Rock,M.
(Fall 2012)

ECON B242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs

Considers the determinants of human impact on the environment at the neighborhood or community level and policy responses available to local government. How can economics help solve and learn from the problems facing rural and suburban communities? The instructor was a local township supervisor who will share the day-to-day challenges of coping with land use planning, waste disposal, dispute resolution, and the provision of basis services. Prerequisite: ECON 105
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B204
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Ross,D.
(Spring 2013)

EDUC B268 Educating for Ecological Literacy

This course examines how education can help people deeply understand and constructively respond to real, complex challenges such as managing shared resources. We consider policies and practices that can empower educators, students, and communities to become “ecologically literate” agents of change for a more sustainable and socially equitable world.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B204 Literatures of American Expansion

This course will explore the relationship between U.S. narratives that understand national expansion as “manifest destiny” and narratives that understand the same phenomenon as imperial conquest. We will ask why the ingredients of such fictions—dangerous savages, empty landscapes, easy money, and lawless violence—often combine to make the master narrative of “America,” and we will explore how and where that master narrative breaks down. Critical readings will engage discourses of nation, empire, violence, race, and sexuality. Texts will include novels, travel narratives, autobiographies, legal documents, and cultural ephemera.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B251 Food for Thought: Gastronomic Literatures and Philosophies

Through the lens of “food and text,” this course will trace the philosophy of food and the history of food writing. We will study how food has been written about and how food writing has responded to and played a role in cultural change.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B268 Native Soil and American Literature:1492-1900

This course will consider the literature of contact and conflict between English-speaking whites and Native Americans between the years 1492 and 1920. We will focus on how these cultures understood the meaning and uses of land, and the effects of these literatures of encounter upon American land and ecology and vice-versa. Texts will include works by Native, European- and African-American writers, and may include texts by Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Bradford, Handsome Lake, Samson Occom, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, John Rollin Ridge, Mark Twain, Mourning Dove, Ella Deloria and Willa Cather.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B275 Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture

This course traces an arc from the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries through to the present day food crisis. We will explore the cultural, political, philosophical, ethical and ecological histories of what and how we eat, and look towards sustainable, biodiverse and local agriculture.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

ENGL B313 Ecological Imaginings

Re-thinking the evolving nature of representation, with a focus on language as a link between natural and cultural ecosystems. We will observe the world; read classical and cutting edge ecolinguistic, ecoliterary, ecofeminist, and ecocritical theory, along with a wide range of exploratory, speculative, and imaginative essays and stories; and seek a variety of ways of expressing our own ecological interests.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Dalke,A.
(Fall 2012)

ENVS B101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

This interdisciplinary introduction to Environmental Studies Minor examines the ideas, themes and methodologies of humanists, social scientists, and natural scientists in order to understand what they have to offer each other in the study of the environment, and how their inquiries can be strengthened when working in concert.   
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barber,D., Stroud,E.
(Fall 2012)

ENVS B403 Independent Study

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

ENVS B415 Teaching Assistant

An exploration of course planning, pedagogy and creative thinking as students work to help others understand pathways they have already explored in introductory and writing classes. This opportunity is available only to advanced students of highest standing by professorial invitation.   
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Fall 2012)

GEOL B101 How the Earth Works

An introduction to the study of planet Earth—the materials of which it is made, the forces that shape its surface and interior, the relationship of geological processes to people, and the application of geological knowledge to the search for useful materials. Laboratory and fieldwork focus on learning the tools for geological investigations and applying them to the local area and selected areas around the world. Three lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork a week. One required one-day field trip on a weekend.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Elkins,L., Weil,A.
URL: www.brynmawr.edu/geology/101
(Fall 2012)

GEOL B103 Earth Systems and the Environment

This integrated approach to studying the Earth focuses on interactions among geology, oceanography, and biology. Also discussed are the consequences of population growth, industrial development, and human land use. Two lectures and one afternoon of laboratory or fieldwork per week. A required two-day (Fri.-Sat.) field trip is taken in April.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B103
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Elkins,L., Barber,D.
(Spring 2013)

GEOL B130 Focus: Life in the Hothouse - Earth’s Future Climate

An overview of Earth’s climate in the 22nd century (year 2100 and beyond) based on the current scientific consensus. In addition to describing the forecast conditions, we discuss the scientific basis for these predictions and their associated uncertainties, and how climate forecasts have been communicated to the public to date. This is a half semester Focus course. Prerequisite: Freshman standing.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B203 Invertebrate Paleobiology

Biology, evolution, ecology, and morphology of the major marine invertebrate fossil groups. Lecture three hours and laboratory three hours a week. A semester-long research project culminating in a scientific manuscript will be based on material collected on a two-day trip to the Tertiary deposits of the Chesapeake Bay.
Requirement(s): Division II with Lab
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Marenco,K.
(Fall 2012)

GEOL B206 Energy Resources and Sustainability

An examination of issues concerning the supply of energy and raw materials required by humanity. This includes an investigation of the geological framework that determines resource availability, and of the social, economic, and political considerations related to energy production and resource development. Two 90-minute lectures a week. Prerequisite: one year of college science
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B209 Natural Hazards

A quantitative approach to understanding the earth processes that impact human societies. We consider the past, current, and future hazards presented by geologic processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, and hurricanes. The course includes discussion of the social, economic, and policy contexts within which natural geologic processes become hazards. Case studies are drawn from contemporary and ancient societies. Lecture three hours a week, with one day-long field trip. Prerequisite: one semester of college science or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B210
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B250; CMSC-B250
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B302 Low-Temperature Geochemistry

The geochemistry of Earth surface processes. Emphasis is on the chemistry of surface waters, atmosphere-water environmental chemistry, chemical evolution of natural waters, and pollution issues. Fundamental principles are applied to natural systems with particular focus on environmental chemistry. One required field trip on a weekend. Prerequisites: CHEM 103, 104 and GEOL 202 or two 200-level chemistry courses, or permission of instructor. (Cull).
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B314 Marine Geology

An introduction to the structure of ocean basins, and the marine sedimentary record. Includes an overview of physical, biological, and chemical oceanography, and modern coastal processes such as shoreline erosion. Meets twice weekly for a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, including one day-long field trip. Prerequisite: GEOL 101, 102 or 103, and 205, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GEOL B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS

Advanced seminar in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B328; ARCH-B328; BIOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B212 Pirates, Travelers, and Natural Historians: 1492-1750

In the early modern period, conquistadors, missionaries, travelers, pirates, and natural historians wrote interesting texts in which they tried to integrate the New World into their existing frameworks of knowledge. This intellectual endeavor was an adjunct to the physical conquest of American space, and provides a framework though which we will explore the processes of imperial competition, state formation, and indigenous and African resistance to colonialism.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B237 Themes in Modern African History

The course examines the cultural, environmental, economic, political, and social factors that contributed to the expansion and transformation of preindustrial cities, colonial cities, and cities today. We will examine various themes, such as the relationship between cities and societies; migration and social change; urban space, health problems, city life, and women. Counts toward Africana Studies and Environmental Studies.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Africana Studies; Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

HIST B251 Growth/ Spatial Organization of Cities

This is a topics course. Topics vary. In Fall 2012 it will focus on the recent history of U.S. cities as both physical spaces and social entities. How have the definitions, political roles, and social perceptions of U.S. cities changed since 1900? And how have those shifts, along with changes in transportation, communication, construction, and other technologies affected both the people and places that comprise U.S. cities?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Fall 2012)

HIST B278 American Environmental History

This course explores major themes of American environmental history, examining changes in the American landscape, development of ideas about nature and the history of environmental activism. Students will study definitions of nature, environment, and environmental history while investigating interactions between Americans and their physical worlds.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B278
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; SOCL-B346
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

HIST B352 China’s Environment

This seminar explores China’s environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analyticalapproaches , and then explores three general periods in China’s environmental changes, imperial times, Mao’s socialist experiments during the first thirty years of the People’s Republic, and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): EAST-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

MATH B210 Differential Equations with Applications

Ordinary differential equations, including general first-order equations, linear equations of higher order and systems of equations, via numerical, geometrical, and analytic methods. Applications to physics, biology, and economics. Corequisite: MATH 201 or 203.
Requirement(s): Division II and Quantitive
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Donnay,V., Schneider,G.
(Fall 2012)

MATH B295 Select Topics in Mathematics

This year’s topic is mathematical modeling of real world problems. We will examine a variety of different types of models with a focus on discrete time systems. Prerequisites: MATH 102 and MATH 203 or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Donnay,V.
(Spring 2013)

PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics

This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B222 Introduction to Environmental Issues: Policy Making in Comparative Perspective

An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in solving global environmental problems such as climate change.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B222
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B240 Environmental Ethics

This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B278 Oil, Politics, Society, and Economy

Examines the role oil has played in transforming societies, in shaping national politics, and in the distribution of wealth within and between nations. Rentier states and authoritarianism, the historical relationships between oil companies and states, monopolies, boycotts, sanctions and demands for succession, and issues of social justice mark the political economy of oil.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy

A comparison of policy processes and outcomes across space and time. Focusing on particular issues such as health care, domestic security, water and land use, we identify institutional, historical, and cultural factors that shape policies. We also examine the growing importance of international-level policy making and the interplay between international and domestic pressures on policy makers. Prerequisite is one course in Political Science or public policy.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B321 Technology and Politics

An analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological development and democratic governance. Discussion of theoretical approaches is supplemented by case studies of particular issues, such as electoral politics, warfare and terrorism, social networking and citizen mobilization, climate change, agriculture and food safety.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B321
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements

A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B354
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment

This course situates the development of sociology as responding to major social problems in the natural and built environment. It demonstrates why the key theoretical developments and empirical findings of sociology are crucial in understanding how these problems develop, persist and are addressed or fail to be addressed.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B175 Environment and Society

Introduces the ideas, themes, and methodologies of the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies beginning with definitions: what is nature? What is environment? And how do people and their settlements fit into each? The course then moves to distinct disciplinary approaches in which scholarship can and does (and does not) inform our perceptions of the environment. Assignments introduce methodologies of environmental studies, requiring reading landscapes, working with census data and government reports, critically interpreting scientific data, and analyzing work of experts. (Division I; cross-listed as CITY B175)
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B175
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B247 Environmental Social Problems

This course examines environmental social problems from a constructionist perspective. We will examine how environmental problems become public problems that receive attention, money and widespread concern.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B316 Science, Culture and Society

Science is a powerful institution in American life, with extensive political and personal consequences. Through case studies and cross-disciplinary readings, this course challenges students to examine the social forces that influence how science is produced and used in public (and private) debates. Prerequisite: one course in Sociology, or the consent of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

SOCL B346 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B345; HIST-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Stroud,E.
(Spring 2013)

SOCL B354 Comparative Social Movements

A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B354
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)