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ESF Summer Semester 2015 - Course Descriptions

Registration begins February 2, 2015

Course Number Section Course Credits Location Session Description
*APM 103 01 Applied college Algebra and Trigonometry 3 Online Summer Session II

 

 

 

 

This course is

 

designed to enable non-science students to solve practical problems in their specific areas of study. Topics include algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions used in measurement and modeling. Applications include percents, scaling, slopes, and contour mapping.

Prerequisite: Math Placement or Consent of Instructor.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*APM 104 01 College Algebra and Precalculus 3 Online Summer Session II

Elements of analytic geometry. Emphasis on the concepts of polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and trigonometric functions and their application to design and life and management sciences.

Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

* APM 391 01 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 Baker 434 Summer Session II

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.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics

BPE 510 01 Introduction to Polymer Coatings 3 Online May 18 through July 31

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 during 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.

Prerequisite(s): B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

BPE 511 01 Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety 3 Online June 1 through July 31

Technologies used for commercial radiation curing for energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible curing of resins, inks, coatings and adhesives pertinent to industry chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Ultra violet light (UV), electron beam (EB), radio frequency (RF) and Infrared (IR) generating systems, along with ancillary equipment used to quantify energy deposition. Basic equipment functions, interaction of radiation sources with specific substrates and chemistries, benefits and drawbacks of each technology, and safety and handling considerations. Emphasis is placed on effectively selecting and justifying equipment appropriate for specific applications.

Prerequisite(s): B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

BPE 536 01 Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies 3 Online May 18 through July 31

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.

Prerequisite(s): B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

* EFB 120 01 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.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Social Sciences/Natural Sciences

EFB 200 TBD Physics of Life 3 Online Summer Session II

Introduction to basic principles of physics from a perspective of biological function, structure and adaptation.

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Note: This online course offers the possibility of proctored examinations on the ESF campus. Contact the instructor jsturner@syr.edu for more information.

EFB 307 01 Principles of Genetics 3 Marshall 111

Extended Maymester: May 11 through June 1

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.

Prerequisite: An introductory biology course

EFB 404 TBD Natural History Museums and Modern Science 3 Illick 12 / Field Maymester

Examination of the major roles of contemporary natural history museums as places of research and public education. Emphasis on research, exhibits, collections and programs. Organized instructional visit to natural history museums during a 1-week trip. Travel expenses apply.

Prerequisite: EFB 417 or permission of instructor

Additional Fees: $40 transportation fee (added to tuition) plus $300 (to instructor) for travel expenses, for a total of $340.

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Note: Students who wish to register for this course should contact Dr. Beth Folta (efolta@esf.edu; 315.470.4938)

EFB 496 09 Field Ornithology 3 Illick 220 and field Maymester

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

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 (added to tuition)

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EFB 496/696 06/02 Flora of Central New York 3 Illick 238 Maymester

Field identification and ecology of spring flowering plants, woody plants, 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.

Prerequisite: Prior completion of a course that included plant identification is strongly recommended but not required.

Additional Fees: Additional fee of $40.00 for transportation (added to tuition)

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EFB 496/696 10/03 Wetland Restoration Techniques 3 Online Summer Session II

Students will learn how to design and restore naturally appearing and functioning wetlands that improve habitat for wildlife and fish, clean storm water, reduce flooding, and recharge ground water. Independent assignments will take you outdoors to examine and design wetlands. Required books: Wetland Drainage, Restoration and Repair, by Thomas R. Biebighauser, ISBN 978-0-8131-2447-6, and Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide, by Thomas R. Biebighauser, ISBN 978-0-9834558-0-6

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EFB 496/696 11/04 Wetland Restoration Practicum 1 Field TBD July 29 & 30, 2015

Students will participate in the design, construction, and planting of one or more wetlands in New York. This class will be outdoors in the general vicinity of Watkins Glen, New York. One does not need to be enrolled in EFB 496/696 Wetland Restoration Techniques. Students must provide their own transportation, lodging and meals. Required book: Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide, by Thomas R. Biebighauser, ISBN 978-0-9834558-0-6. Additional information

ERE 797 TBD Ethics for Engineers 1 TBD Summer Session II

Contemporary theories, perspectives and challenges in engineering ethics. These issues include research integrity, professional ethics, human subjects protections, animal protections, data management, intellectual property rights/software patent issues and engineering ethics and sustainability. Students will be required to work with engineering case scenarios for ethical reasoning and use of ethical theories and applied ethics guidance.

Deadlines: TBD

ESF 200

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Information Literacy

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Online

Summer Session I

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. This course is conducted via Blackboard and has online lectures, online discussions, and online assignments.

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ESF 300 01 Introduction to Geospatial Information Technologies 3 Baker 314 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.

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* EST 201 01 American History: Reconstruction to Present 3 Online Summer Session I

History of changes occurring in America post 1865 including land use, government, economic and international relations.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for American History

* EST 202 01 American History: From Discovery to Civil War 3 Online Maymester

A survey of American history considering the origin and development of American institutions and ideals, from the discovery of the New World through the Civil War. Students are introduced to works of major historians and to various interpretations of American history.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for American History

* EST 202 02 American History: From Discovery to Civil War 3 Online Summer Session II

A survey of American history considering the origin and development of American institutions and ideals, from the discovery of the New World through the Civil War. Students are introduced to works of major historians and to various interpretations of American history.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for American History

* EST 221 01 Inroduction to American Government 3 Online Maymester

Describes American political system and its roles and functions in society. Examines how political processes change over time, including the role of rhetoric and argumentation in policy development. Explores critical analysis of political phenomena.

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Social Sciences

* EWP 290 01 Research Writing and Humanities 3 Online Summer Session I

Intended for students who have had an introductory writing course. Students will examine the views of nature and the environment as they are expressed by selected writers, poets, and essayists. Frequent informal and formal writing assignments, research and documentation, and an oral presentation are required. With an emphasis on critical writing, critical thinking, and critical reading, students will learn the literacy expectations of their disciplines.

Prerequisite: EWP 190 or equivalent

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* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Humanities

EWP 300 TBD Survey of Environmental Writing 3 Online Combined Summer Session

Students will explore forms of environmental writing including but not limited to journalism, poetry, memoir, field notes, historical research, natural histories and polemics. Students will analyze these writings rhetorically and create a range of texts including creative pieces, factually-based reporting, nature writing, and writing about science.

Prerequisites: EWP 190 and EWP 290, or equivalent

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LSA 496/696 01/01 7 days in NYC: Exploring Contemporary Urban Landscapes 3 Field Maymester (May 11 - 17)

New York is one of the most exciting cities in North America with respect to contemporary urban landscape architecture. Featuring a broad range of built works including infrastructural installations, parks of all sizes, memorial venues, as well as major urban rehabilitation projects, this field course aims to illustrate the role that landscape architecture continues to play in the development of the city. Intended for landscape architecture students, students across the ESF campus, and open to Syracuse University students as well, this intensive field course will consider a broad array of contemporary landscape interventions across the city, from Manhattan, Governors island, and Brooklyn, to Queens and Staten Island.

Additional Fees: TBD -- contact instructor Martin Hogue (mhogue@esf.edu)

LSA 496/696 TBD National Park Service Field School at Acadia National Park 3 Field (Acadia National Park) June 13 - July 24)

A six-week field course at Acadia National Park in Main in the methods, processes, and techniques of cultural landscape preservation and park management, taught through a combination of field work and classroom learning. Lectures and discussion, led by SUNY ESF and NPS staff, will address natural and cultural resource management, facilities maintenance, historic preservation standards and guidelines, mapping techniques, photography, and park operations. Field work will inventory Acadia's historic trail system and campgrounds. The course includes transportation to and from Syracuse, a $1,000 stipend, and housing. Tuition assistance may be available.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.

Note: Permission is based on review of letter of interest, resume, and transcript. Send materials to Professor George W. Curry, Department of Landscape Architecture, Marshall Hall 311, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, or gwcurry@esf.edu. Materials will be accepted through March 15, 2015. Current students in landscape architecture, historic preservation, forest and natural resource management, environmental studies, or related fields are preferred. Enrollment is limited to six.

LSA 496/696 TBD Film & Environment: Nature, Culture & Image in Movies 2 Online Summer Session I

Course will explore how landscape is used in 20th and 21st century film to create and maintain ideas about wilderness, frontier, preservation and gender roles.

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LSA 496/696 04/04 Urban Agriculture and Food Cultures 3 Marshall 316a and field Maymester

Urban agriculture is an emerging area of practice that has multiple functions and benefits for food security, environmental quality, and sustainaable communities. This course is a field-based study of urban food production and local food cultures as strategies for improving food security and green infrastructure. students will work directly with groups involved in community gardens and urban agriculture. Focused design charettes will develop planning and design strategies that respond to a range of current issues and potentials. Each class will conclude with lunch sourced from different food cultures in Syracuse (students should expect to spend a total of $40 for lunch during the course).

Additional fees: Additional fee of $40.00 for transportation (added to tuition)

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