Undergraduate Courses

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information is available on the SIS website.

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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis
AS.270.205 (01)

The course provides a broad introduction to the principles and practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related tools of Geospatial Analysis. Topics will include history of GIS, GIS data structures, data acquisition and merging, database management, spatial analysis, and GIS applications. In addition, students will get hands-on experience working with GIS software.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Chen, Xin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/25
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR

Field Methods in Ecology
AS.270.338 (01)

This course will introduce student to methods used in field-based ecological research addressing population, community and ecosystem-level questions. Outdoor fieldwork is an essential part of the course. Field activities will center around the riparian ecosystem adjacent to the Homewood campus and on the urban ecology of the greater Baltimore region. Students will build skills in data collection, analysis, synthesis, and presentation. Basic statistical instruction in R will be taught to aid data analysis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:20PM
  • Instructor: Avolio, Meghan Lynn, Szlavecz, Katalin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/9
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR, BEHB-BIOBEH

Remote Sensing of the Environment
AS.270.318 (01)

This course is an introduction to the use of remote sensing technology to study Earth’s physical and biochemical processes. Topics covered include remote sensing of the atmosphere, land and oceans, as well as remote sensing as a tool for policy makers. Also offered as 270.618

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, Benjamin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Introduction to Global Environmental Change
AS.270.103 (01)

An introduction to the science behind global environmental issues. Earth systems, biogeochemical cycles, and the interrelationships between the living and nonliving world are explored, along with applications to climate change, biodiversity loss, and other issues of global significance.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Gnanadesikan, Anand, Zaitchik, Benjamin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 39/110
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR

Natural Hazards
AS.270.219 (01)

This course investigates earth processes that lead to natural hazards and their social and economic consequences. Topics include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, coastal flooding, drought, fire, and climate change. We will use case studies to explore the scientific principles behind the occurrence of natural disasters, assess their risks, and evaluate how societies have responded to these events.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Saberi, Atousa
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/18
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Freshman Seminar: The Story of Earth
AS.270.111 (01)

The four and a half billion year story of Earth's global changes focusing on the co-evolution of Earth and Life.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Sverjensky, Dimitri
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Energy Resources in the Modern World
AS.270.305 (01)

This in-depth survey will inform students on the non-renewable and renewable energy resources of the world and the future prospects. Topics include petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and ocean energy. Global production, distribution, usage, and impacts of these resources will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Burgess, Jerry
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/20
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Communicating Climate Science
AS.270.348 (01)

This course is a study of techniques used to effectively communicate scientific knowledge with a focus on climate science. This will be done with three overarching topics: reading and comprehending scientific papers, critically interpreting science news from the media, and communicating complex climate science to a general audience. The course is intended for science and engineering majors and not open to freshman. Recommended pre-requisites: General Physics I and/or Oceans and Atmospheres.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Menzel, Molly Erin
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/18
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to Geology
AS.270.220 (01)

Basic concepts in geology, including plate tectonics; Earth’s internal structure; geologic time; minerals; formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; development of faults, folds and earthquakes; geomagnetism. Corequisite (for EPS Majors): AS.270.221; optional for others. The course is introductory and open to undergraduates at all levels; freshmen are encouraged to enroll.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Lewis, Kevin, Smith, Emily
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/50
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR, ENVS-MAJOR

Freshwater Systems
AS.270.336 (01)

A study of streams, lakes, and groundwater with a focus on aspects of water quality, hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology that are relevant to human impacts on freshwater systems. US environmental policies and water resource management agencies will also be examined in the context of issues such as dams, cattle grazing, climate change, and water allocation.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/25
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR, BEHB-BIOBEH

Mineral Physics
AS.270.426 (01)

Mineral Physics is the study of mineralogical problems through the application of condensed matter physics and solid-state chemistry. Investigations of the thermodynamic and transport properties of minerals at the atomic scale are used to interpret observational data from seismology, geodynamics, geochemistry, and planetary science, an important step toward solving many geologic and geophysical problems. Students in this course will also be introduced to the high pressure and high temperature experiments that measure the physical and mechanical properties of minerals, which is crucial to understanding planetary interiors. Recommended prerequisites: introductory chemistry, physics, mineralogy, or structure of materials.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Wicks, June K
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Atmospheric Science
AS.270.379 (01)

A survey of core topics in atmospheric science, including dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and chemistry. The course addresses both basic principles and applications to weather and climate. Recommended pre-requisites: General Calculus and Physics I and/or Oceans and Atmospheres.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Waugh, Darryn
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Sustainable Food Systems
AS.271.304 (01)

Where does your food come from? What impact does food production have on the environment and human societies? How can food systems become more sustainable as the human population increases? This seminar-style course examines the past, present, and future of agriculture, including topics such as the foodways of indigenous people, modern "factory farming" versus organic agriculture, genetically modified foods, and the interplay among science, economics, policy, and agriculture. Involves hands-on experiences.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Kelly, Rebecca E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/15
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Senior Seminar
AS.271.499 (01)

This seminar explores topics related to career development and current events to support senior environmental majors as they transition to post-graduate life and work.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Senior Capstone Experience
AS.271.496 (01)

This seminar will provide the academic space, time, and mentoring for students to integrate, synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills obtained through the ENVS curriculum into a tangible environmental project.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Exploring Nature
AS.271.302 (01)

This course integrates the analysis and production of environmental media with weekly outdoor excursions. Students will survey a range of authors, adventurers, journalists, scientists, photographers, acoustic ecologists and filmmakers that have explored the natural world and chronicled the history of human-environmental relations and environmental problems. Field trips to regional parks and green spaces will encourage students to discover their own sense of place, foster a deeper level of ecological awareness and construct personal environmental narratives through careful exploration, observation, documentation and reflection.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Monopolis, Alexios Nicolaos
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/12
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MINOR

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.270.205 (01)Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial AnalysisM 1:30PM - 4:00PMChen, Xin ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.338 (01)Field Methods in EcologyF 1:30PM - 4:20PMAvolio, Meghan Lynn, Szlavecz, Katalin ENVS-MINOR, BEHB-BIOBEH
AS.270.318 (01)Remote Sensing of the EnvironmentMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMLewis, Kevin, Zaitchik, Benjamin ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.103 (01)Introduction to Global Environmental ChangeTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMGnanadesikan, Anand, Zaitchik, Benjamin ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.219 (01)Natural HazardsTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMSaberi, Atousa ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.111 (01)Freshman Seminar: The Story of EarthW 11:00AM - 11:50AMSverjensky, Dimitri 
AS.270.305 (01)Energy Resources in the Modern WorldMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMBurgess, Jerry ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.348 (01)Communicating Climate ScienceMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMMenzel, Molly Erin ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.270.220 (01)The Dynamic Earth: An Introduction to GeologyTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLewis, Kevin, Smith, Emily ENVS-MINOR, ENVS-MAJOR
AS.270.336 (01)Freshwater SystemsMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMKelly, Rebecca E ENVS-MINOR, BEHB-BIOBEH
AS.270.426 (01)Mineral PhysicsTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMWicks, June K 
AS.270.379 (01)Atmospheric ScienceTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWaugh, Darryn 
AS.271.304 (01)Sustainable Food SystemsMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMKelly, Rebecca E ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.271.499 (01)Senior SeminarMonopolis, Alexios Nicolaos 
AS.271.496 (01)Senior Capstone ExperienceTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMMonopolis, Alexios Nicolaos 
AS.271.302 (01)Exploring NatureT 1:30PM - 4:30PMMonopolis, Alexios Nicolaos ENVS-MINOR