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Summer Semester 2018 Course Descriptions

Registration begins February 5, 2018

Course Number Section Course Credits Location Session Description
*APM 391 01 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 ESF Campus 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 01 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 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.

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 01 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 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.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Environmental Science by Cleveland and Kaufman

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

EFB 200 01 Physics of Life 3 Online Summer Session 2

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

Prerequisites: none

EFB 307 01 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: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, June 4, 2018

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

EFB 345 01 Forest Health 3 ESF campus TBD and field May 21 - June 1

Seven and one-half hours of lecture and 45 hourse of field exercises per week for two weeks. Required in the Forest Health major, but open to others. Examines the varied ecological roles and impacts of pests and pathogens in managed and unmanaged northern forests. Students learn to collect, identify, and study forest insects and pathogens using inventory, survey, analytic methods, and independent research.

Prerequisites: One year of general biology and EFB 202 or equivalent.

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

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Last day to drop: Wednesday, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

EFB 462 01 Animal Physiology 3 Online Summer Session 1

An introduction to the physiology of adaptation to the physical and biotic environments, including animal energetics, biology of body size and physiological constraints on animal life history.

Prerequisites: none

 

EFB 480 01 Principles of Animal Behavior 3 Online Summer Session 2

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 Approach (8th edition or later) by Alcock [Required]; An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (any edition) by Davies and Krebs [Suggested].

EFB 496 28 Conflict Management in Wildlife Biology 3 ESF campus TBD Summer Session 2

This course examines the interactions between humans and wildlife and the management techniques used to reduce human-wildlife conflict. We use historic and contemporary case studies to discuss techniques to minimize negative human-wildlife interactions, the economic and legal consequences of conflict, and the impacts of societal values and opinions on the management of human-wildlife interactions.

Prerequisites: EFB 390 or equivalent

EFB 496 09 Field Ornithology 3 ESF campus TBD and field 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 01 Tropical Conservation Biology 3 Online Summer Session 2

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 29 Wilderness Education and Management 3 ESF campus TBD and Field (Catskills) May 29 - June 9

Explore the distinct field of wilderness education through both backcountry experiences and classroom instruction. Students will think critically about the role of wilderness and wilderness management in promoting connection to land. This course is Ideal for students seeking to broader their skills in backcountry education and those interested in the role of education in wilderness management.
The first week of class will be taught at the SUNY ESF Syracuse campus, followed by a four-day field trip to destinations in the Catskill Park. This course will fulfill the Applied Conservation Biology directed elective for EEI students. Students in non-education programs are also welcome to register.

Prerequisite: EFB 312 preferred but not required

Note: The instructor has appropriate medical certification and experience in wilderness guidance. Inexpensive gear rental will be included in the student fee. Diverse ability and experience levels are encouraged.

Additional Fees: Fee of $40.00 for transportation and $20.00 course fee apply (in addition to tuition). Additional fee of $110.00 to cover food and gear rental. Please contact the instructor at tjmackey@syr.edu for further information.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Last day to drop: Thursday, Friday, June 1, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Saturday, June 9, 2018

EFB 496 / EFB 696 07 / 03 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 holistic 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. Syllabus

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 / EFB 696 06 / 02 Flora of Central New York 3 ESF campus TBD and field Maymester

Field identification and ecology of spring flowering vascular 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 gaminoids 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 / EFB 696 10 / 04 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. Syllabus

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.

EFB 496 / EFB 696 27 / 08 Introduction to Program R 2 ESf campus TBD Maymester

Program R is a free software environment and has become one of the most popular coding languages for statistical analysis and graphics. This course covers the basics of coding in Program R, including data manipulation and visualization with a focus on creation of publication quality graphs and maps. Familiarity with basic statistical methods recommended.

Prerequisites: None

EFB 496 / EFB 696 11 / 07 Wild Edible Plants of the Northeast (Spring and Summer) 1 ESF campus TBD and field Summer Session Combined

Introduction to identifying, harvesting, and preparing wild edible plants of the Northeast, with particular attention to the Central New York region. Topics include seasonal patterns of harvest throughout spring and summer; plant ecology, conservation, historical and cultural significances, along with ethical considerations. The format will be lecture and local field trips.

Prerequisites: None

EFB 500 04 Conserving Aquatic Resources 3 Field (residential at various locations) July 23 - August 3

This course is designed for current and future professionals, graduate students and advanced undergraduates to expand perspectives and conserve and protect earth's most precious resource.  We will perform integrated biotic assessment of fishes, invertebrates, aquatic plants and their habitats utilizing field sampling and existing data, coupled with analytical and statistical techniques.  The synergistic relationship among private, state and federal agencies with academics will be demonstrated, and aspects of aquatic economics will be explored.  The course entails on-site exploration of aquatic ecosystems stretching northward from Syracuse New York to the St. Lawrence River, with guidance by experts in each ecosystem. 

Note: This course will be residential at Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb NY, for two days, and for the remaining 10 days will be based in Syracuse (ESF campus and Onondaga Lake), including day-long field trips to Thousand Islands Biological Station, near Clayton NY, and to Pulaski NY. 

Prerequisites: General ecology, general biology, (e.g., via limnology or fishery biology, or invertebrate zoology), or current professional position, OR permisson of instructor Dr. Neil Ringler (nhringle@esf.edu).

Textbook: Readings of published papers.

Additional fees: All course transportation, plus lodging and food at Adirondack Ecological Center: $132.50.  Students requiring two weeks accommodation in Syracuse may stay at ESF’s Centennial Hall for an additional $300.00.  If you require accommodation at Centennial Hall, please contact the Centennial Hall office at 315-741-3067 before July 9th. All students are responsible for their own meals while based in Syracuse, at an estimated cost of approximately $420.

Deposit (covers transportation and AEC costs): $132.50, to be paid to ESF Cashier by July 9th, 2018.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Friday, July 20, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Last day to drop: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, August 3, 2018

EFB 500 03 Interpreting Field Biology 3 Field (residential at AEC) Maymester

This two-week residential course at the Newcomb Campus introduces Adirondack flora and fauna in a regional context as the foundation for learning and practicing an array of interpretive skills and methodologies, including trail walks, exhibits, visual materials and presentations. The application of professional interpretive techniques and the inclusion of natural history in science education are highlights.

Note: This course will be residential at Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb NY.

Prerequisites: EFB 320

Additional fees: Transportation fee of $50.00, which will be billed by and payable to the ESF Bursar. In addition there will be a separate fee of $600.00 for room and board at the Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC). For information on payment of this $600.00 to AEC please call (518) 582-2000 or contact the instructor Prof. Paul Hai (pbhai@esf.edu).

EFB 500 02 Watershed Science and Management: from the Land to the Sea - Field portion 1 Field (various - upstate NY and Hudson River watershed) May 28 - June 6

Water self-organizes on the landscape as river networks, is retained temporarily in ponds, lakes, and reservoirs, but ultimately reaches the sea via estuaries. Biota interact with watersheds in myriad ways. Humans are a special biotic case, having the ability not only to affect profoundly within-watershed processes through both land-based and aquatic activities, but also to breach watershed boundaries, accelerating some ecologically important fluxes. This course is designed both for graduate students with terrestrial interests to learn about the fate of land-based inputs into aquatic systems, and for aquatically interested graduate students to study the terrestrial processes that influence recipient waters. This course will combine theory (see prerequisite course EFB 796, Section 01, below) and direct, experiential learning through a field trip to various sites within New York State. Syllabus.

Note: This course will comprise students from USA and from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ultuna, Sweden.

Prerequisites: EFB 796 Section 01 Watershed Science and Management: from the Land to the Sea - Lecture portion (see below) or a Watershed Ecology course, AND permission of instructor, Dr. Karin Limburg (klimburg@esf.edu)

Additional fees: There will be no charge for transportation and lodging. Students will be responsible for their own meals throughout this field course.

Application deadline: Space in this course is limited, and students must register before March 30, 2018. Contact instructor for details.

Financial/Academic Deadlines:

Last day to add: TBD

Last day to drop with 100% refund: TBD

Last day to drop: TBD

Last day to withdraw without penalty: TBD

Last day to withdraw with penalty: TBD

EFB 796 01 Watershed Science and Management: from the Land to the Sea - Lecture portion 1 On campus TBD or online (contact instructor for details) May 14 - May 18

Water self-organizes on the landscape as river networks, is retained temporarily in ponds, lakes, and reservoirs, but ultimately reaches the sea via estuaries. Biota interact with watersheds in myriad ways. Humans are a special biotic case, having the ability not only to affect profoundly within-watershed processes through both land-based and aquatic activities, but also to breach watershed boundaries, accelerating some ecologically important fluxes. This course is designed both for gradutate students with terrestrial interests to learn about the fate of land-based inputs into aquatic systems, and for those aquatically interested graduate students to study the terrestrial processes that influence recipient waters. This course will combine theory and direct, experiential learning through an optional field trip to various sites within New York State (see above for the additional companion course EFB 500 Section 02 Watershed Science and Management: from Land to the Sea – Field portion You must register separately if you wish to participate in the Field portion of the course). Syllabus.

Note: This course will comprise students from USA and from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ultuna, Sweden.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing AND permission of instructor, Dr. Karin Limburg (klimburg@esf.edu)

Deadlines:

Last day to add: TBD

Last day to drop with 100% refund: TBD

Last day to drop: TBD

Last day to withdraw without penalty: TBD

Last day to withdraw with penalty: TBD

ENS 596 01 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:

Last day to add: Monday, May 14, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 14, 2018

Last day to drop: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: n/a

ERE 412 01 River Form and Process 3 ESF campus TBD 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

ERE 596 01 Energy Systems Design for Sustainable Off-Grid Rural and Micro Industrial Electrification Projects 3 ESF campus TBD Maymester

Technical training and application in how to design, install, and operate a rural or industrial micro-grid with photovoltaic and other energy systems. Technical design and operation equipment and software will be introduced and studied by students, to demonstrate the optimization and simulation of the micro-grid. The course considers real case studies.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: EIE/05/011/SI2.419343 Microgrids and a compendium of scientific articles

Additional Fees: $15 for field trip transportation.

ESF 200 01 Information Literacy 1 Online Summer Session 2

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 296 01 Life in the Universe 3 Online Summer Session 2

"Life in the Universe" is the scientific study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of past and present life in the Universe, and the possibility and likely nature of life on other planets or in space. As students journey through our planet's amazing history, they will understand the evolution of the Earth as cumulative changes over time, the various processes underlying these changes, the connections and relationships across these realms of change, and how the scientific study of astrobiolgy is a process for advancing our understanding of the natural world and the potential for life betond Earth, and the significance of studying exoplanets. Syllabus

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Life in the Universe by Jeffrey O. Bennett and Seth Shostak, 4th ed. ISBN 9780134080321. (ebook and book rental also available from Amazon)

ESF 300 01 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3 ESF campus TBD 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 201 01 American History: Reconstruction to Present 3 Online Summer Session 1

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

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Give Me Liberty by Eric Foner, Vol. 2, Brief, 4th ed. ISBN 978-0-393-92034-5

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements 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.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Give Me Liberty by Eric Foner, Vol. 1, Brief, 4th ed. ISBN 978-0-393-92034-5

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for American History.

*EST 221 01 Introduction 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.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook:Ginsberg, Lowl, Tolbert, & Weir. (2017). We the People (Essentials 11th Ed.), Norton. ISBN-13 978-0393639988

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

*EST 245 01 Foundations of Environmental Communication 3 Online Summer Session 1

Survey of environmental communication, including nature representions in popular culture, and the role of mass media on public perceptions of environmental issues. Topics also include strategic communication, public participation in environmental decision-making, and environmental risk perception. Exposure to communication theory and social scientific and humanities-based approaches.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook:Cox, J. Robert. (2013). Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, (Third Edition), Sage

Note: This online course will consist of 4 hours lecture and asynchronous discussion, and 3.5 hours activities per week. Weeks will go Tuesday through Monday May 22 - June 25.

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for Humanities

EST 496 05 Systems Theory for Agents of Change 3 Online Summer Session 1

Overview of systems theory through the lens of environmental problem solving. Survey of classic and new readings on this approvach including works by Donella Meadows, Fritjof Capra, Tom Wessels and David Stroh. Students in this course are agents of change, and will use their own interests (e.g. conservation, sustainability, energy) as an organizing principle for exploring theories and tools. Topics include systems theory, wicked problems, linking social and ecological systens, stakeholder mapping, learning organizations, boundary spanning, collective impact, and more.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: None - readings will be provided via PDF on Blackboard

Note: This online course will consist of 4 hours lecture and asynchronous discussion, and 3.5 hours activities per week. Weeks will go Wednesday through Tuesday, May 23 - June 26.

EST 496 06 Outreach Techniques for Conservation and Environmental Initiatives 3 Online Summer Session 2

Survey of common and innovative outreach techniques used by environmental professionals to reach general or specific publics. Students will use parks, organizations, and resources in the community where they are to learn how to characterize and assess outreach programs that inform, change behavior and invite action. Subjects include needs assessments, program development, implementation, and evaluation. Topics include visual campaigns, interpretive displays, public programs, tabling, social media and others.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: None - readings will be provided via PDF on Blackboard

Note: This online course will consist of 4 hours lecture and asynchronous discussion, and 3.5 hours activities per week. Weeks will go Tuesday through Monday, July 3 - August 6.

EST 496 / EST 696 02 / 01 Comics, Graphic Storytelling, and the Environment 3 ESF campus 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 students will have additional readings and assignments.

EST 496 / EST 696 01 / 02 Web Development for Environmental Data 3 ESF campus TBD Maymester

Web development is the curation, analysis, and display of information (data) on web sites. Although the hosting/design of a website is a component, our course is specifically aimed at fostering skill development at the intersection of environmental data analytics and dynamic presentation in an online context. Students will be exposed to real-world environmental data, how it may be leveraged for specific decision-making, and presented for a non-technical audience. Specifically, students will be exposed to Python, JavaScript and the commandline interface.

Prerequisites: Basic computing

Note: Students are required to bring their own computers to class

EST 496 03 Ecological Literacy 3

Residential at 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 Rhinebeck, 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 paid 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

*EWP 290 01 Research Writing and Humanities 3 Online Summer Session 1

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.

Prerequisites: None

FOR 205 01 Principles of Accounting 3 Online Summer Session 2

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)

FOR 481 01 Introduction to Arboriculture 3 Residential class at Ranger School, Wanakena July 16 - August 3

30 hours lecture and 45 hours lab. Overview of the practice of arboriculture. Emphasis will be on site evaluation for species selection, planting, pruning, fertilization and removal of trees in an urban environment.

Prerequisites: Botany or Ecology

Textbook: ISA Arborists' Certification Study Guide, Third Edition. ISBN-13: 978-1881956693

Extra Fees: $1,041 (Room and board)

Note: This is a 3-week residential class at the Ranger School, Wanakena, NY. Students are expected to arrive at the Ranger School in Wanakena on July 15, 2018. Please contact June McWharf jmcwharf@esf.edu for lodging reservation and further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Thursday, August 09, 2018

FTC 101 01 Trigonometry for Natural Resource Technicians 3

Residential class at Ranger School, Wanakena

 

July 16 - August 10

Forty hours of lecture and sixteen hours of recitation conducted over a four-week period. A review of selected geometry and algebra topics, and an introduction to trigonometry and its applications. Emphasis on Pythagorean theorem, quadratic equations, rectangular coordinate systems, right triangle trigonometry, oblique triangle trigonometry, the Law of Sines, the Law of Cosines, and the graphic of trigonometric functions. Calculator required (HP35s recommended, but any scientific calculator will suffice).

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Algebra & Trigonometry by Robert Blitzer, 5th edition, ISBN-13: 978-0321837240, 1248 pages.

Extra Fees: $1,388 (Room and board)

Note: This is a residential class at the Ranger School. If also taking FTC 105, this fee will only be charged one time. Students are expected to arrive at the Ranger School in Wanakena on July 15. Please contact June McWharf jmcwharf@esf.edu for lodging reservation and further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Thursday, August 09, 2018

FTC 105 01 Tree and Forest Biology 4 Field (Ranger School) July 16 - August 10

A four-week summer program having 45 hours of lecture and 45 hours of lab. An introduction to the biology of trees, and the diversity of animal life commonly found in forests. Field labs concentrate on biological relationships in Adirondack forests.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Raven Biology of Plants by Evert and Eichorn, 8th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1429219617, 880 pages. Additional resources will be available at the Ranger School for purchase (~$50).

Extra Fees: $1,388 (Room and board)

Note: This is a residential class at the Ranger School. If also taking FTC 101, this fee will only be charged one time. Students are expected to arrive at the Ranger School in Wanakena on July 15. Please contact June McWharf jmcwharf@esf.edu for lodging reservation and further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, July 23, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Thursday, August 09, 2018

LSA 496 / LSA 696 02 / 02 Gowanus Field Studio 3 Field TBD Maymester Research, analysis and design of new edge typologies for the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York. Taught in conjunction with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

The Gowanus Canal, a former-industrial tidal waterway in Brooklyn, is the intersection of a national cleanup project, a neighborhood zoning transition, and an urban hydrological system that faces pressures from aging stormwater infrastructure and climate change. The time is critical for establishing a place for wetland wildlife habitat along the canal corridor. This studio will explore practical and implementable design concepts for new edge typologies that work in cooperation with current regulatory bulkhead standards.
Participating students will become familiar with urban wetland habitat and the opportunities and challenges of designing along an urban waterway. Emphasis will be on 1. understanding and adapting to temporal factors resulting from tidal cycles, storm events and sea level rise, with the goal of greater integration of temporal factors into professional work, and 2. understanding of short and long term maintenance and stewardship challenges in urban wetland applications.

Note: This class will take place in the vicinity of the Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the site, for accommodations for the duration of the class, and for food and other incidental expenses. Students must wear closed-toe shoes. For further information, please contact the instructor, Prof. Wendy Andringa wandringa@gmail.com.

Prerequisites: Junior, Senior or Graduate status

Extra Fees: There will be no additional fees collected by the college, but please see the note above for description of extra expenses to be incurred by the student.

LSA 496 / LSA 696 03 / 03 Landscape in Film 2 ESF campus TBD Maymester

This seminar will explore the evolving understanding and approaches to representing landscape in film. Ironically, while landscape depiction has a long and significant history in drawing, painting and photography, it remains largely unexplored in cinema -- a medium for which it seems uniquely suited. Like architecture, landscape, place and site are human constructions, and thus subject to ideology. The seminar will explore key films, directors, genres (the western, the road movie, etc.), and cinematographic approaches that treat landscape as more than a scenic backdrop for scripted events but rather as a significant visual and narrative feature.

Prerequisites: None

Extra Fees: TBD