Courses for Fall 2014

  • Transcending Transportation Impacts

    Students will be engaged in interdisciplinary analyses of the life-cycle costs, environmental impacts, technical developments, and policy innovations at the local and regional level. We will discuss technical modifications in vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids, as well as policy and planning on intermodal systems, recycle-a-bike programs, intelligent transportation systems, and other innovations. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. Instructor permission required. FYS LILE WRIT
    ENVS 0070C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
  • The Misuse of Scientific Information in American Life

    Many important political issues hinge on matters of science or technology. But most Americans are ill-equipped to assess these matters. As a result, we are vulnerable to spin when scientific information is distorted, cherry-picked or otherwise misused to advance financial, political or even religious goals. This course examines ways these phenomena skew public discussion of climate change, vaccine safety, the teaching of evolution, cancer screening, GM food and a host of other issues. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS LILE WRIT
    ENVS 0070D S01
    Primary Instructor
    Dean
  • Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century

    Offers a survey introduction to contemporary environmental issues and is a "gateway" class for those interested in concentrations in environmental studies/sciences. It is a required course for concentrators. We explore the relationships between human societies and the non-human environment through a survey of topical cases, including: human population growth and consumption, global climate change, toxins, waste streams, water resources, environmental justice and ethics, and agro-food systems. This course also analyzes various solutions—social, political, technical, and economic—put forth by institutions and individuals to address questions of environmental sustainability. One 90-minute weekly discussion group required. WRIT
    ENVS 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    King
  • Coastal Ecology and Conservation

    Enables students to master fundamental ecological concepts and explore how this knowledge can be used to inform conservation and management. Students will develop scientific skills and experience the challenges of coastal conservation science through both case studies and field trips, including a mandatory overnight trip. Suitable for students with at least some biology background; the course is aimed at first and second year undergraduates. Expected background: BIOL 0200 or equivalent. Enrollment limited to 15; instructor permission required. WRIT
    ENVS 0455 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bertness
  • Brazil’s Rainforests: Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Diverse Biomes

    This course will explore the natural history of tropical forests in Brazil, with an emphasis on their biogeochemistry (their geologic setting, soils, and plants). This biophysical background will be coupled with an exploration of land use change, the socioeconomic drivers of settlement and land clearing, and the effects of development on terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric systems.

    There are no prerequisites, however, at least one class in ecology, geology, or environmental science is highly recommended. Since enrollment is limited to 15, and requires instructor override to register, preference will be given to those whose background is most appropriate.
    ENVS 0485 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
  • Environmental Science in a Changing World

    Introduces students to environmental science and the challenges we face in studying human impacts on an ever-changing earth system. We will explore what is known, and not known, about how ecosystems respond to perturbations. This understanding is crucial, because natural systems provide vital services (water and air filtration, climate stabilization, food supply, erosion and flood control) that can not be easily or inexpensively replicated. Special emphasis will be placed on climate, food and water supply, population growth, and energy.
    ENVS 0490 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
  • International Environmental Law and Policy

    Introduces students to principles of international environmental law and examines how international organizations, national governments and non-state actors interact to address human impacts on the global environment. Considers effects of treaties, trade agreements and foreign aid on resolution of trans-boundary environmental problems including climate change, marine governance, biodiversity loss and trade in endangered species and hazardous waste. Students negotiate a mock treaty (NEWORLD) to mitigate some aspect of human impact on global change from the perspective of different state and non-state actors. Introductory coursework that addresses some aspects of environmental studies or environmental science is recommended. WRIT LILE
    ENVS 0510 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
  • Environmental Economics and Policy

    Economic analysis of environmental issues in industrialized countries with an emphasis on the implications for designing appropriate policy measures. Topics include: the valuation of environmental goods; the basic theory of economic markets, market failure, and the sources of any failure; private and government solutions to market failure; the role of uncertainty in policy-making; and open trade environments and trans-boundary pollution, on a national and global scale. Applications to issues such as climate change, land use, air and water pollution, and alternative energy. Prerequisite: ECON 1110 or 1130.
    ENVS 1350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
  • Sustainable Design in the Built Environment

    Provides students with an in-depth understanding of sustainability, as it relates to planning, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture and green buildings. Students conduct economic and environmental analyses to examine planning, design and building problems and opportunities holistically. Interdisciplinary teams work on applied design projects. LILE
    ENVS 1400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
  • Power, Justice, and Climate Change

    Climate change creates injustices in who caused the problem, who is suffering worst and first, and who is taking action. Power differences between nations and social groups drives unequal disaster risks and "compounded vulnerabilities" for poor peoples and nations, and has led to gridlock in United Nations negotiations. The course reviews social and political dimensions of climate change, including local and national adaptation and mitigation efforts, media dynamics, collective and individual denial, negotiations, and the rise of climate social movements. Enrollment limited to 40. WRIT
    ENVS 1415 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
  • From Locke to Deep Ecology: Property Rights and Environmental Policy

    Examines the evolution of property law and tenure in land, water, the atmosphere and natural resources, and the consequences of these property rights regimes for environmental protection. Readings drawn from the scientific, legal, public policy and popular literature are used to consider the development of American attitudes about the relationship between people and nature; the relationship between public and private rights in the land, sea, freshwater, atmosphere and wildlife; and the use of innovative property rights regimes in environmental policy. Intermediate coursework in Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, American Civilizations or other environmentally-related coursework is recommended. WRIT
    ENVS 1530 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
  • Engaged Climate Policy at the UN Climate Change Talks

    Twelve undergraduate students will study a group of core readings, conduct independent and group projects, and attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru in December. Students will critically analyze contemporary political events; develop and addresses pertinent research questions; engage and interview with experts in the field; craft policy-relevant and empirically grounded publications and develop experience in using social media. Team-based research may be presented at the negotiations in Lima at an official side event. Instructor permission required. Contact J. Timmons Roberts for an application - j_timmons_roberts@brown.edu.
    ENVS 1575 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
  • Analysis and Resolution of Environmental Problems/Case Studies

    Combines instruction about how to design research with hands-on experience conducting environmental research. Students develop their own research proposals and begin planning of a potential research project for their senior theses or capstone experience. A class research project is developed on local, state, national or global environmental issues, with the aim to serve community groups, government agencies or firms. Potential topics for class projects include urban adaptation to climate change, land use and watershed protection, and justice elements of energy and climate policy. Required for ES concentrators in Junior year. Prerequisite: ENVS 0110 or permission. Enrollment limited to Juniors and Seniors or by permission of instructor.
    ENVS 1920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
  • Independent Study

    First semester of individual analysis of environmental issues, required for all environmental studies concentrators. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Roberts
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    ENVS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
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    ENVS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Kulaots
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    ENVS 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Prell
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    ENVS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Blume
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    ENVS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Hoover
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    ENVS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Rich
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    ENVS 1970 S11
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    Witman
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    ENVS 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Sax
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    ENVS 1970 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Edwards
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    ENVS 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Bertness
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    ENVS 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    Readey
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    ENVS 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Boekelheide
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    ENVS 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Dean
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    ENVS 1970 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Herbert
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    ENVS 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Hastings
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    ENVS 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Foster
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    ENVS 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Murray
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    ENVS 1970 S24
    Primary Instructor
    Benjamin
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    ENVS 1970 S25
    Primary Instructor
    King
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    ENVS 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Gruppuso
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    ENVS 1970 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Logan
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    ENVS 1970 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Neill
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    ENVS 1970 S30
    Primary Instructor
    Johnson
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    ENVS 1970 S31
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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  • Reading and Research

    First semester of thesis research during which a thesis proposal is prepared. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 2980 S01
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    ENVS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Karp
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    ENVS 2980 S03
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    ENVS 2980 S04
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    ENVS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 2980 S07
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    ENVS 2980 S08
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    ENVS 2980 S09
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    ENVS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Vanwey
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    ENVS 2980 S11
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    Witman
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    ENVS 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 2980 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 2980 S15
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    ENVS 2980 S17
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  • Reading and Research

    Second semester of thesis research. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor override required prior to registration.
    ENVS 2981 S01
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    ENVS 2981 S02
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    Karp
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    ENVS 2981 S03
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    ENVS 2981 S04
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    ENVS 2981 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Porder
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    ENVS 2981 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Mustard
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    ENVS 2981 S07
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    ENVS 2981 S08
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    ENVS 2981 S09
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    ENVS 2981 S10
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    ENVS 2981 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Witman
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    ENVS 2981 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Teichert
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    ENVS 2981 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Nagavarapu
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    ENVS 2981 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Pryor
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    ENVS 2981 S15
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    ENVS 2981 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Rich
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    ENVS 2981 S17
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