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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Lower Undergrad Courses

Our courses use the abbreviations ENST for Environmental Studies and ENSC for Environmental Science.

Course numbers ending in 91, 94 or 95 are experimental, new or one-time course offerings. Section numbers are used to differentiate offerings among the different instructors. Example 391.01, 391.02, etc.

Semester offered is subject to change. Please check Cyberbear for the most current information as well as days and times offered.

To view a list of current courses offered each semester, visit Searchable Courses.

ENSC 105N  Environmental Science/Service Learning- 3 cr
Instructor: Vicki Watson

Offered autumn. Class goals: Help students build all of the following: scientific literacy; skills in critical thinking, research and self-instruction; an understanding of the scientific basis of environmental issues, using local examples; habits of sustainable living, scientifically-informed, active participation in social decisions, and service to their community and the earth; Provide students with opportunities to use class knowledge to make a difference.

EVST 101.50 Environmental Science/Online - 3 cr
Instructor: Matt Erickson, supervised by Vicki Watson

Offered every semester. This three-credit course covers the same topics and fulfills the same requirements as the classroom version of ENSC 105N. Register through CyberBear. See the XLS webpage for general information regarding on-line courses. This is a great opportunity to take an excellent course on your own schedule and fulfill graduation requirements - all from the comfort of your own home.

ENSC 191  Special Topics/Exper Courses- variable credit
Instructor: Varies

Offered intermittently. Experimental, new or one-time course offering of current environmental topic.

ENST 201  Environmental Information Resources - 3 cr
Instructors: Autumn:  Rosalyn LaPier with Barry Brown.  Spring:  Vicki Watson with Barry Brown

Offered autumn & spring. Students learn how to find, evaluate and use existing information to increase understanding of environmental issues and resolve controversies. Students will: research a subject, using a variety of sources (refereed literature, government sources, internet sources, interviews); evaluate sources critically; write a literature review and give an oral presentation on their topic. Focus is on critical thinking and dealing with the information explosion.

ENST 204  Sustainable Technology Applications - 2 cr, repeatable to 4 cr
Instructor: Len Broberg

Offered intermittently autumn or spring. This course will explore applications of technologies designed to reduce our carbon footprint and lead to more sustainable living. We will examine solar technology, electric vehicles and green building/retrofit applications. Much of the course will consist of hands on work with models of these technologies in the context of the UM FLAT project. As an example, the class will install a dc solar power system on the UM FLAT garage and make small electric vehicles. Some sessions will review the theory and design of sustainability too. Note that interested grad students can participate through an EVST 596 Independent Study with Len Broberg.

ENST 225  Community & Environment - 3 cr
Instructor: Neva Hassanein

Offered autumn. Aldo Leopold's land ethic is a good starting point for our exploration of what it means to be a member of both a human and an ecological community. The dual citizenship Leopold so clearly described is a central theme of this course. We explore how human communities are impacted by and try to address environmental problems. As such, this course provides a social science introduction to environmental studies with a focus on the community level.

We begin by studying several core concepts: community, citizenship, and place. We will then use these concepts as we turn our attention to essential resource issues (e.g., food, land use, water quality) that people in this particular place - the Missoula Valley - are grappling with and how. For each topic, we will look not only at what is happening here, but also at how similar problems and community responses are underway elsewhere. Course format includes lectures and discussions, written essay assignments, and community involvement opportunities.

ENST 230H  Nature and Society - 3 cr
Instructor: Dan Spencer

Offered spring. This course explores how the relationship between human societies and the natural world has been influenced throughout history by various thinkers and ideas. We also consider how nature itself and our ability to manipulate it has influenced society, and in turn, environmental thought. Thus, we examine ecological and biogeographical constraints and ways humans have culturally adapted in attempting to surmount those limits.

We will examine major paradigmatic shifts and strive to understand how environmental thought has affected the way different societies have viewed nature, their place with respect to the natural world, and in turn, their interactions with it. By exploring that theme, we will also see connections between ideas, writers, and thinkers of the past and the current global environmental crisis.

We will ponder if the answers to a more sustainable, prosperous, and just society in the future reside in history and its lessons, or whether we will need to forge new ideas, sensibilities, and ways of relating to each other and nature. Students are encouraged to explore their own connections with the past, develop principles and values that have personal meaning, and contemplate their place in nature and society.

ENST 291  Special Topics/Esp Courses- variable credit
Instructor: Varies

Offered intermittently. Experimental, new or one-time course offering of current environmental topic.

ENST 294  Seminar - 1 to 6 cr
Instructor: Varies

Offered intermittently. A seminar on a current environmental topic.

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