Courses

Lower Division Courses


ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies                             3 Credits

An introduction to the field of Environmental Studies. The course provides an overview of the connections between science, politics, philosophy, history, and ethics regarding nature and the environment. The course urges students to think critically about the relationships between knowledge and judgment, humans and nature, justice and ethics, and natural and human history. Fall.

ENVS 102 Environmental Politics & Policy                                        3 Credits

This course examines the politics and policymaking process of environmental issues. The course focuses primarily on American national policy, but also on state and local and international/global policy. The course is designed to evoke and encourage thinking about environmental issues on these various levels. Spring.

ENVS 103 Environmental Biology                                                      3 Credits

A study of the principles of ecology (including population dynamics, diversity, and energy flow) and the impact humans have on the environment. Lab is required. Designed for non-science majors. Fall.

ENVS 103L Environmental Biology Lab                                             1 Credit

See course description for ENVS 103. Fall.

ENVS 104 Environmental Chemistry                                                  3 Credits

This course will cover the fundamental principles of chemistry necessary to understand the source and fate of chemical substances in the environment.  Additional topics will be dependent on the instructor but may include the environmental implications of energy utilization; the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere; climate change; and pollution and treatment of water sources. Spring.

ENVS 104L Environmental Chemistry Lab                                         1 Credit

See course description for ENVS 104. Spring.

ENVS 190 Independent Study                                                            1-3 Credits

Topic to be determined by faculty.

ENVS 193 - FYS                                                                                 4 Credits

The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.

ENVS 200 Case Studies in Environmental Science                           4 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to scientific issues and concepts related to environmental problems. The course will consist of investigations of a number of specific cases of environmental impacts by humans, such as: chemical contamination of soils, air, or water; overexploitation of fisheries or other living resources; freshwater availability and quality; habitat conversion, fragmentation, and loss of biodiversity; invasive species; renewable and non-renewable energy sources; and the production and management of waste. Specific cases will vary from semester to semester, and will include examples of current local, regional and global relevance. Laboratory exercises will allow students to investigate the scientific principles important for understanding the cases, and will help students develop an appreciation for the strength and limitations of scientific knowledge in addressing environmental issues. Spring. Prerequisites:  ENVS 103.

Upper Division Courses

ENVS 303 (BIOL 323) Conservation Biology                                     3 Credits

This course covers the biological concepts important for the conservation of natural populations, communities, and ecosystems. Both theoretical and empirical studies will be applied to such topics as: the genetics and ecology of small populations, consequences of habitat degradation and fragmentation, the impact of introduced species, and the ecological value of biological diversity. Spring.
Prerequisites:  ENVS 103/BIOL 123.

ENVS 303L (BIOL 303L) Conservation Biology Lab                          1 Credit

See course description for ENVS 303 (BIOL 323). Spring.

ENVS 320 (ECON 304) Economics of Environmental Protection      3 Credits

Explores the economic dimensions of environmental topics such as air and water pollution, deforestation, non-renewable resource depletion, recycling, global warming. The course studies the extent of environmental problems and alternative solutions. Fall.

ENVS 321 (POLS 317) Ecological Thought and Politics                    3 Credits

This Service Learning course focuses on the writings of seminal figures in American ecological thought, such as John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Aldo Leopold. Examines the history and politics of land use and wilderness planning. Class will go on field trips in partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and local environmental groups to learn first-hand about the politics of local land use. Fall.

ENVS 322 (POLS 375) Global Environmental Politics                       3 Credits

Unique interdisciplinary examination of the historical, philosophical, and moral consequences of human interaction with the global environment by focusing on the relevant local, national and international governments, national and indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regimes and industries. This course is offered through the School for Field Studies program. Please contact the Environmental Studies Department Chair for additional information.

ENVS 323 Principles of Wildlife Management                                    3 Credits

The ecology, theory, methods, and philosophy of wildlife management emphasizing game, nongame, and endangered species. Students gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Fall, alternate years.

ENVS 323L Principles of Wildlife Management Lab                          1 Credit

This lab includes field trips. Taken concurrently with ENVS 323.

ENVS 325 Native American Government and Politics                       3 Credits

Surveys Native American politics and government today and provides students a sense of the origins and development of Native American government and politics. Analyzes the role of Native American governments in American inter-governmental relations and develops an appreciation for the capacities and policy goals of Native American governments as well as the social (health, education, and welfare) and environmental circumstances of Native American government and politics. Fall.

ENVS 326 (SOCI 383) Environmental Sociology                               3 Credits

This course examines human relationships with the natural environment. It explores how power structures, social morns, ideologies and politics affect our relationship and treatment of the environment. Spring.

ENVS 329 (POLS 329) North American Environmental Policies       3 Credits

Study of local, regional, and international environmental policy, its challenges for not only administration and understanding, but also citizenship and accountability. Topics include water, ecosystem management and sustainability in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Fall.

ENVS 330 Parks, Forests, and Wildlife                                              3 Credits

In this course we explore the past, present, and future of public lands. Focusing primarily on national and state parks, national forests, and wildlife, this course traces the development and application of the U.S. conservation model, both domestically and abroad. 

ENVS 350 (PHIL 486) Ethics: Global Climate Change                      3 Credits

Many have described global climate change as the defining challenge of the 21st century, noting that unless dramatic changes are made today, future generations will suffer terrible consequences, such as rising seas, wars over fresh water, tens of millions of environmental refugees, and the extinction of species such as the polar bear. This course will investigate the complex technological, historical, economic, scientific, political, and philosophical issues surrounding this issue. Global warming skeptics are especially encouraged to enroll. Spring and Summer.

ENVS 351 Environmental Health                                                       3 Credits

This course will examine the impact of selected environmental factors on health. Environmental factors examined will include air quality, water quality, geography and climate, urbanization, and poverty. Basic epidemiological concepts and study designed will be introduced as tools for understanding reports about health conditions caused by the environment. 

ENVS 352 Environmental Law and Policy                                         3 Credits

This course covers a variety of different ethical issues concerning food.  The course looks and the consumption, production, and transportation of food, as well as organic food, GMOs, vegetarianism, and the local and slow food movements. The course also includes reflection on our own food choices and some experiential learning. Summer.
Prerequisites: PHIL 301, or PHIL 301H, or WOMS 237C

ENVS 353 Environmental History                                                       3 Credits

In examining the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment over time, this course explores how mature affects cultural responses and how humans, in turn, have shaped the world around them. Employing a multidisciplinary approach this course draws upon ecological, historical, economic, or political analysis to illuminate the varied relationships between people and place.

ENVS 358 (PHIL 458) Environmental Ethics                                      3 Credits

The detailed philosophical study of humanity's understanding of its relationship to the natural environment, concentrating on historically prominent conceptions of that relationship, and the philosophical foundation of the contemporary `environmental movement.' Fall.
Prerequisites:  PHIL 301 or PHIL 301H or WOMS 237

ENVS 380 Politics of the Pacific Northwest                                       3 Credits

State and society in the Pacific Northwest: government, parties, reform movements, regionalism, and social forces in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia and Alberta. Regional issues such as taxation, health care, urbanization, land use, education, the environment, and resource-based economics are addressed in a comparative Canadian-U.S. context.

ENVS 381 Ethics of Eating                                                                 3 Credits

An examination of ethical issues surrounding the consumption, production and transportation of food. Issues such as organic food, GMOs, vegetarianism, local and slow food movements, and hunger may be covered. Ethical issues surrounding both local and international food issues are treated.

ENVS 382 Population and Society                                                     3 Credits

There are more people on this planet than ever before, and the problems associated with population growth seem to be everywhere. Urban crowding, disease, poverty, ethnic tensions, refugees, illegal immigration, environmental degradation, unemployment, aging and the social security “crisis” are just a few of these troubles.

ENVS 390 Independent Study                                                           1-4 Credits

Topic to be determined by faculty.

ENVS 397 Special Topics: ENVS Humanities                                    3 or 4 Credits

Topics to be determined by instructor.

ENVS 398 Special Topics: Social Sciences                                       3 or 4 Credits

Topics to be determined by instructor.

ENVS 399 Special Topics: ENVS Electives                                        3 Credits

Topic to be determined by instructor.

ENVS 497 Internship                                                                          0-6 Credits

Professional experience in environmental studies-related field. Students must take the initiative to contact an agency and a faculty member willing to supervise the internship.

ENVS 499 Symposium in Environmental Studies                              3 Credits

This capstone experience is designed to help Environmental Studies students integrate their experience and perspectives and apply them to specific environmental issue. Students will be expected to produce a major written analysis of a current complex environmental issue facing the Inland Northwest. Projects may undertaken by individual students, small groups or even the entire class. Class meetings will involve discussions of background readings, coordination of work on the projects, presentations and critiques of draft reports, and opportunities for students from different majors to share their expertise and perspectives on the issues being investigated. Spring.