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Course DescriptionsESF Summer Semester 2019

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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 20, accelerate their progress and complete the course at any time, but no later than August 9. 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: Brief 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 Baker 434 May 13 - May 31

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 15, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, May 31, 2019

* 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

Textbook: None

EFB 307 01 Principles of Genetics 3 Online May 13 - June 14

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 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 9:00 am). 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 15, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, June 3, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

EFB 404 01 Natural History Museums and Modern Science 3 Illick 12 and overnight field trip May 13 - May 23

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 field trip. Travel expenses apply.

Prerequisites: EFB 417, or permission of instructor, Tom Mackey (tjmackey@syr.edu)

Additional fees: $285.00 to cover field trip transportation, parking and lodging.

Textbook: None

Note: This course includes a field trip Sunday, May 19 through Wednesday, May 22. Please contact the instructor, Tom Mackey (tjmackey@syr.edu) for further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Last day to drop: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Thursday, May 23, 2019

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

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

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures, recitations, and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Requires time spent outside of scheduled meetings developing an animal behavior experiment. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

EFB 496 28 Evolution 3 Online Summer Session 2

An introduction to the fundamental processes driving evolution (Genetic drift, gene flow, mutation, sexual selection, and natural selection), the evolution of life-histories, trade-offs, and phenotypic plasticity. Macroevolutionary concepts covered include speciation, extinction, co-evolution, and the reconstruction of phylogenies.

Prerequisites: EFB 307 and EFB 320, or equivalents

Textbook: [Required] Evolution. Futuyma, Douglas J. and Mark Kirkpatrick, 4th Ed. 2017; [Required] Why Evolution is True. Coyne, Jerry, 2009, Penguin. (Dr. Coyne asks that you actually purchase the book rather than downloading it illegally)

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

EFB 496 09 Field Ornithology 3

Gateway Center (basement classroom) 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 11 Tropical Conservation Biology 3 Online June 24 - July 26

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 readings provided by instructor in PDF format.

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

  • Deadlines:

    Last day to add: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 1, 2019

    Last day to drop: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, July 15, 2019

    Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

EFB 496 / EFB 696 06 / 02 Flora of Central New York 3 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 recommendation in course description above.

ESF 300 01 Introduction to Geospatial Information Technologies 3 Baker 309 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 US 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: Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty, Brief 5th edition, Vol 2, 2017. ISBN 9780393614169

*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: Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty, Brief 5th edition, Vol 1, 2017. ISBN 9780393614152

*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, Lowi, Tolbert, & Weir. 11th CORE edition ebook. Norton. ISBN 9780393630541. Available at http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294993780

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

EST 496 03 Ecological Literacy 3 Residential at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY June 30 - July 26

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 crative problem-solving relative to ecological literacy - an understanding of the patterns and principles that underlie all living systems.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, Dr. Benette Whitmore (bwhitmor@esf.edu)

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

Extra fees: $2,825 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 Omega's specific fee cancellation deadlines, which are different and separate from the ESF academic tuition deadlines below.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 08, 2019

Last day to drop: Thursday, July 08, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, July 17, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, July 25, 2019

* 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: EWP 190 or equivalent

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for Humanities

 

 

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 by Edmonds, Edmonds, Olds, McNair and Tsay, 5th Edition. McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9781260008753.

SUS 300 01 Sustainable Systems Thinking: Ecology, Economics and Society 3 Online Combined Summer Session

This course defines sustainability and sustainable development, introduces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and helps the student begin to understand the complex interactions between the environment, the economy, and society, and their implications for sustainable development.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Sustainability Management major, or permission of Sustainability Management program advisor, Dr. Doug Johnston (dmjohnst@esf.edu)is required.

Textbook: TBD