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Summer Semester 2018 Course Descriptions

Registration Begins February 5, 2018

Course Number Section Course Credits Location Session Description
*APM 391 TBD Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 TBD May 14 - June 1

Introduction to concepts and methods of statistics as applied to problems in environmental science and forestry. Topics include inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing), sampling distributions, descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, comparison of population means and proportions, categorical data analysis, regression and correlation, and nonparametric methods. 

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: ISBN#978-1-4652-8863-9 Introductory Statistics for Environmental Sciences

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, June 1, 2018

* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

BPE 510 TBD Introduction to Polymer Coatings 3 Online May 14 - July 27

Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions furing synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.

Prerequisites: B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, June 4, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Monday, July 23, 2018

BPE 536 TBD Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies 3 Online May 14 - July 27

Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.

Prerequisites: B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, June 4, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Monday, July 23, 2018

*EFB 120 TBD The Global Environment and the Evolution of Human Society 3 Online Combined Summer Session

An integrated overview of large-scale environmental issues and their relation to the development of human societies and resource-use strategies over time. Focus is on population growth and societal pressures on physical and biotic resources. Topics include energy-use issues, causes and socio-economic implications of climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Environmental Science by Cleveland and Kaufman

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

EFB 307 TBD Principles of Genetics 3 Online May 14 - June 15

A general course covering concepts of genetics and evolution basic to upper-division biology and biochemistry courses. Includes the inheritance and analysis of Mendelian and quantitative traits, the chemical nature of the gene and its action, genetic engineering, the genetic structure of populations and their evolution. Numerical methods for characterizing and analyzing genetic data are introduced.

Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology.

Textbook: Concepts of Genetics by Klug, 10th edition, (Electronic or Hard copy); The Red Queen by Matt Ridley; Required online access: Mastering Genetics.

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week. Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 21, 2018

Last day to drop: Friday, May 25, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

EFB 480 TBD Principles of Animal Behavior 3 Online Summer Session II

Basic principles of animal behavior and the scientific process. Proximate and ultimate mechanisms controlling the behavior of animals including humans, with an emphasis on evolution.

Prerequisites: A full year of introductory biology.

Textbook: Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approachi (8th edition or later) by Alcock [Required]; An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (any edition) by Davies and Krebs [Suggested].

EFB 496 TBD Field Ornithology 3 TBD Maymester

One to three hours of classroom work and 4-8 hours of field work and discussion each day for two weeks. This course focuses on world-wide bird taxonomy, and the taxonomy, diversity, identification (by both sight and sound), natural history, ecology, and conservation of birds in the Central New York region.

Note: This course will serve as an upper-division field elective for all EFB majors, and will serve as a vertebrate diversity elective for all EFB majors except Wildlife Science. This course does NOT meet the requirements for EFB 482 (Ornithology).

Additional Fees: Additional fee of $40.00 for transportation and $20.00 course fee apply (in addition to tuition)

Prerequisites: None

EFB 496 / EFB 696 TBD Flora of Central New York 3 TBD Maymester

Field identification and ecology of spring flowering vascular plants, woody planty, ferns and fern allies. We will visit several high quality natural areas in Onondaga County and nearby counties. At least one class session will be devoted to the identification of graminoids and other challenging plant groups in lab. Field trips often involve extended hikes over rough terrain. Prior completion of a course that included plant identification is strongly recommended.

Additional Fees: Additional fee of $40.00 for transportation and $20.00 course fee apply (in addition to tuition)

Prerequisites: None, but note reccomendation in course description above.

EFB 496 TBD Tropical Conservation Biology 3 Online Summer Session II

As an introduction to the discipline of conservation biology, the course seeks to demonstrate how basic biological science can be integrated with social, economic and political perspectives to achieve the goals of biological conservation. Several core themes that will be covered in a series of video lectures, online discussions and readings, including: biodiversity - distribution, value and measurement; global threats to biodiversity; philosophy, tools and applications; and tropical conservation problems and solutions.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: All required readings provided by instructor in PDF format.

EFB 496/696 TBD Chaos and Resilience in Socioecological Systems 1 Online Maymester

Air and water pollution, natural resource depletion, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change - our society faces a multitude of environmental issues. We need a new approach to address this incredible challenge, both as citizens and as scientists. Conventional, reductionist perspectives will not suffice. We must develop a more integrative and hollistic understanding of how environmental and social systems interact with one another. This course will expose students to a new epistemology based on the nascent field of systems science. We will discuss concepts including socioecological systems, complexity, resilience, chaos, and emergence. The online course will provide students with a generalizable approach to understanding complex environmental problems and how to address them in a way that ensures social, economic, and ecological sustainability.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World by Walker & Salt; Linking Social and Ecological Systems: Management Practices and Social Mechanisms for Building Resilience by Berkes & Folke; The Web of Life by Fritjof Capra

EFB 496/696 TBD Introduction to Agroecology 1 Online Maymester

Agriculture can have widespread deleterious implications on the environment, contributing to air and water pollution, natural resource depletion, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change. It can also facilitate the widespread socioeconomic marginalization of rural smallholders. However, knowledge-intensive ecological agriculture offers an alternative to energy- and resource-intensive industrial agriculture. This course aims to provide a broad overview of agroecology: the study of the ecological principles and processes that inform the design of agricultural production systems. We will consider the emergent characteristics of sustainable agroecosystems, how they fit into broader landscape conservation management, specific principles of agroecological management, and how ecological agriculture can facilitate cooperation, rather than antagonism, between human and biological communities.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: We will use excerpts from multiple texts, including Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Mark Shepard, and David Pimentel. These texts will be made available to students on Blackboard.

ENS 596 TBD Freshwater Wetland Delineation Practicum 1 Field May 14 - May 16

This class provides students with a hands-on working knowledge of freshwater wetland delineation methodology through in-depth fieldwork and classroom discussion of both federal and New York State wetland delineation protocol. Subjects of discussion will include hydrophytic vegetation identification, and hydric soil and wetland hydrology evaluation as specifically outlined within the US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement to the Wetland Delineation Manual, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Delineation Manual.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: US Army Corps of Engineers Regional Supplement to the Wetland Delineation Manual - available online

Additional Fees: $15 for field trip transportation.

Deadlines: TBD

ERE 412 TBD River Form and Process 3 Class and Field Maymester

Theories of river classification are presented and tested using field gathered data. Classified river form and suggested evolution sequences are used to discuss governing fluvial processes. Computational river hydraulics is used to estimate sediment transport, and a design sequence is employed to consider issues of channel stability and restoration.

Prerequisites: Physical or Engineering Hydrology

Textbook: Rivers in the Landscape by Ellen Wohl and Wiley Blackwell

ESF 200 TBD Information Literacy 1 Online Summer Session II

Introductory course for students of all levels and all curricula to the basic research process for information retrieval and management. Emphasis on electronic bibliographic and Internet research tools.

Prerequisites: None

ESF 300 TBD Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3 309 Baker Maymester

A theoretical and practical course providing an introduction to the uses and limitations of geospatial information technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing, for environmental science and natural resources management applications.

Prerequisites: None

EST 496/696 TBD Comics, Graphic Storytelling, and the Environment 3 TBD Maymester

This course will explore, study, discuss, and interpret environmentally-themed graphic literature from a wide variety of perspectives and analytical mechanisms. It will address a variety of genres, styles, artistic approaches and periods, exploring the ways that these artists use image and text to create complex and sophisticated narratives. Visual storytelling will be viewed both as entirely unique (analyzing those components, mechanisms, and processes that exist only in comics), and also as a part of narrative tradition akin to epic storytelling, literature, cinema, photography, etc.

Prerequisites: Junior status or above preferred.

Textbook: TBD

Note: Graduate stuednts will have additional readings and assignments.

EST 496 TBD Ecological Literacy 3

Omega Institute

Rhinebeck, NY

July 1 - July 27

Ecological Literacy explores ecology from a social, economic, and cultural perspective through lectures, discussion, experiential intensives, hands-on projects, field trips, community experience, and personal reflection. Students learn approaches and acquire tools that can be applied to creative problem solving relative to ecological literacy - an understanding of the patterns and principles that underlie all living systems.

Prerequisites: None

Note: This is a residential class at the Omega Institute in Rhiebeck, NY. Participants will additionally earn an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. If you wish to take this class, please apply to Omega and be accepted into their program before registering for ESF credits. Click here for more information.

Extra Fees: $2,495 payed to the Omega Institute (details -- note, the price quoted here reflects a $500 discount applied to the Omega Institute tuition when the class is taken for ESF credit). Please click here for specific fee cancellation deadlines, which are different and separate from the academic tuition deadlines above.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 09, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, July 09, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Thursday, July 26, 2018

FOR 205 TBD Principles of Accounting 3 Online Summer Session II

Principles and methods used in financial and managerial accounting. Includes interpretation and effective use of financial statements through study of the accounting model, the measurement processes, data classification and terminology.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Survey of Accounting 4th edition. McGraw-Hill (ISBN # 9780077631536)