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Summer Semester 2018 Course Descriptions

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Course Number Section Course Credits Location Session Description
* APM 105 01 Survey of Calculus and its Applications I 4 Online Combined Summer Session

Introduction to calculus for students in the life and management sciences. Elements of analytic geometry, functions and their graphs, with an emphasis on the concepts of limits, and differentiation techniques for algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions and their application to economics and the life and management sciences. Some multivariable calculus including constrained optimization.

Prerequisites: Precalculus or 3.5 years of high school mathematics.

Note: although this course is scheduled for 12 weeks, students may, once they begin the course on May 21, accelerate their progress and complete the course at any time, but no later than August 10. Drop and add deadlines, as linked below, must be adhered to. Credit will not be granted for APM 105 after successful completion of MAT 284, MAT 285, or MAT 295 at SU.

Textbook: Calculus: An Applied Approach. Larson, 8th edition

* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

* APM 391 01 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 ESF Campus (434 Baker) 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.

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 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 4 Online Summer Session 1

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 (Illick 220) 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 applies (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 / EFB 696 06 / 02 Flora of Central New York 3 ESF campus (Illick 238) 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 applies (in addition to tuition)

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

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

Textbook: The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, by Samuel Thayer

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: Friday, May 25, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last day to drop: Thursday, May 31, 2018

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

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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 (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 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: (2017). We the People by Ginsberg, Lowl, Tolbert, & Weir. 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. 2012. ISBN 9781412992091

OR, the digital edition: Pezzullo, Phaedra C., Robert Cox & J. Robert Cox. Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, (Fifth Edition), Sage. 2017. ISBN 9781506363592

Note: This online course will consist of 4 hours lecture and asynchronous discussion, and 3.5 hours activities per week.

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for Humanities

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.

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 298 02 Research Internship in Forest and Natural Resources Management 1-3 ESF campus and field Summer Session 2

Students will participate in research projects consistent with their educational and professional goals. A faculty member in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management will serve as the student’s faculty sponsor. The student in consultation with the faculty sponsor will prepare a study plan outlining the educational goals of the apprenticeship. The faculty sponsor will generate a performance assessment and record of activities at the end of the apprenticeship. Grading Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, Dr. Ruth Yanai (rdyanai@esf.edu)

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: Friday, July 27, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, August 3, 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 05 / 05 International Seminar: Adirondacks-Frontenac, ON 2 Field (NYS and Canada) based at ESF Newcomb campus August 9 - August 20

A 10-day international seminar on UNESCO biosphere reserves, traveling to the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve in NY and VT, and the Frontenac Arch Biosphere in Ontario, Canada, and learning about protected areas and natural resource management, and community participation. Details

Note: This residential field class will be based at the ESF Newcomb campus, with one multi-day trip to Canadian sites. A valid passport will be required for travel into Canada. For international students, a valid visa to enter Canada and re-enter the U.S. may be required.

Prerequisites: None

Extra fees: Approximately $1,350, in addition to tuition, to cover transportation, food, lodging, and other costs. Deposit of $250 due by June 1. Contact the instructor, Prof. Brian Houseal (blhouseal@esf.edu) for further details. Students are responsible for their own transportation to Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb, NY.

Deadlines:

Deposit deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Last day to add: Friday, August 10, 2018

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Friday, August 10, 2018

Last day to drop: Monday, August 13, 2018

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, August 17, 2018