Courses

ENVS 101 Intro to Environmental Studies
3.00 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 and Spring.
ENVS 102 Environmental Politics &Policy
3.00 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. Fall and Spring.
ENVS 103 Environmental Biology
3.00 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.
Concurrent:
ENVS 103L
ENVS 103L Environmental Biology Lab
1.00 credit
See course description for ENVS 103. Fall.
Concurrent:
ENVS 103
ENVS 104 Environmental Chemistry
3.00 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.
Concurrent:
ENVS 104L
Equivalent:
CHEM 123 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENVS 104L Environmental Chemistry Lab
1.00 credit
See course description for ENVS 104. Spring.
Concurrent:
ENVS 104
Equivalent:
CHEM 123L - OK if taken since Summer 1 2009
ENVS 190 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
ENVS 193 FYS:
3.00 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 Env Science
4.00 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. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
BIOL 206 Minimum Grade: C- or ENVS 103 Minimum Grade: C- or BIOL 123 Minimum Grade: C- or ENVS 104 Minimum Grade: C-
ENVS 290 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
ENVS 303 Conservation Biology
3.00 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. Students who do not have a major in the sciences are encouraged to talk to the instructor about their preparations for this course at the time of registration. Spring, odd years.
Prerequisite:
BIOL 206 Minimum Grade: D or BIOL 123 Minimum Grade: D or ENVS 103 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
BIOL 323 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ENVS 303L Conservation Biology Lab
1.00 credit
This lab includes field trips. Taken concurrently with ENVS 303.
Concurrent:
ENVS 303
Equivalent:
BIOL 323L - OK if taken since Spring 2009
ENVS 320 Econ of Enviromental Protectn
3.00 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.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 101 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
ECON 324 - Successful completion
ENVS 321 Ecological Thought & Politics
3.00 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.
Equivalent:
POLS 317 - OK if taken since Spring 2008
ENVS 322 Global Environmental Politics
3.00- 4.00 credits
This course is offered through the School for Field Studies program. Please contact the Environmental Studies Department Chair for additional information.
Equivalent:
POLS 375 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ENVS 323 Principles of Wildlife Mgmt
3.00 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, even years.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 103 Minimum Grade: D or BIOL 123 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
ENVS 323L
Equivalent:
BIOL 357 - OK if taken since Fall 2008
ENVS 323L Principle of Wildlife Mgmt Lab
1.00 credit
This lab includes field trips.
Concurrent:
ENVS 323
Equivalent:
BIOL 357L - Successful completion
ENVS 324 Climate Change Sci. & Politics
3.00 credits
This course is an in-depth examination of climate change science and politics. It examines the science behind climate models, current and predicted environmental effects of a changing climate, policies, as well as the basic definitions and concepts citizens need to understand climate change and its related political issues. In the course we will examine how scientific and political thinking on climate change has evolved.
Equivalent:
POLS 378 - OK if taken since Fall 2019
ENVS 325 Native American Govt & Pol
3.00 credits
This course will see Native American government and politics in a milieu of intergovernmental relations, of community to community connections, or the lack of such relationships. Taking social justice as importantly about relationships, and doing so in respect of governing, this course will to study how (or how not) federal, state, and municipal governments interact with Native American governments. Spring, even years.
Equivalent:
NTAS 311 - OK if taken since Spring 2019
POLS 310 - OK if taken since Spring 2019
ENVS 326 Environmental Sociology
3.00 credits
This course examines human relationships with the natural environment. It explores how power structures, social norms, ideologies and politics affect our relationship and treatment of the environment. Upon sufficient demand.
Equivalent:
SOCI 383 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
ENVS 329 N Amer Environmental Policies
3.00 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. Upon sufficient demand.
ENVS 330 Parks, Forests, and Wildlife
3.00 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. Fall.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 101 Minimum Grade: D
ENVS 350 Ethics: Global Climate Change
3.00 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. Fall.
Equivalent:
PHIL 460 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
ENVS 352 Environmental Law & Policy
3.00 credits
This course provides students with an overview of the substance and procedures relating to environmental regulation and protection in the United States. The course provides some technical understanding of the laws governing the use of resources and the control of pollution discharges. The course addresses, among other topics: the consumption of natural resources that resulted in environmental pollution; the political and policy context in which environmental policies have been formulated and the administrative or regulatory procedures required by statutory law or judicial decisions to deal with various environmental issues.
ENVS 353 Environmental History
3.00 credits
In examining the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment over time, this course explores how nature 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. Spring.
Equivalent:
HIST 365 - OK if taken since Fall 2018
ENVS 358 Environmental Ethics
3.00 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 environment movement. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
PHIL 301 Minimum Grade: D or PHIL 301H Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
PHIL 458 - OK if taken since Summer 1 2012
ENVS 360 Indians of Columbia Plateau
3.00 credits
This course will explore Native American groups on the Columbia Plateau, including their traditional lifestyles, traditional and colonial religions, the Salish language, and responses to settlement and government policies. We will also examine the traditions of cooperation and collaboration among these groups. We must understand the geography of the Plateau, in order to fully contextualize the importance of homeland and traditional practices, so this course represents place-based study of Native American history. Spring, odd years.
Equivalent:
HIST 210 - OK if taken since Fall 2019
NTAS 210 - OK if taken since Fall 2019
ENVS 380 Politics of the Pacific NW
3.00 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. Upon sufficient demand.
Equivalent:
POLS 328 - OK if taken since Fall 2013
ENVS 381 Ethics of Eating
3.00 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. Upon sufficient demand.
Equivalent:
PHIL 459 - OK if taken since Fall 2013
ENVS 384 GIS & Ecological Techniques
3.00 credits
This course will introduce students to geographic information systems (GIS) and focus on how GIS can be used to address research and management questions in ecology. Students will use existing GIS databases from area resource agencies and learn how to create new GIS databases from field exercises. Field techniques will include vegetation sampling, small mammal trapping, amphibian/reptile monitoring, distance sampling, wildlife habitat assessment, and mapping exercises using compass and global position systems (GPS). Spring, even years.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 103 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
ENVS 384L
Equivalent:
BIOL 344 - OK if taken since Spring 2019
ENVS 384L GIS & Ecological TechniquesLab
1.00 credit
Taken concurrently with ENVS 384.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 103 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
ENVS 384
Equivalent:
BIOL 344L - OK if taken since Spring 2019
ENVS 390 Independent Study
1.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
ENVS 397 Special Topics:ENVS Humanities
3.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
ENVS 398 SpecialTopic:ENVSSocialScience
3.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
ENVS 399 Special Topics:ENVS Electives
3.00- 4.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
ENVS 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
ENVS 490 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
ENVS 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 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 Env Studies
3.00 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 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.
ENVS 499A Symposium in Env Studies I
1.00 credit
This first portion of the capstone experience is designed to help Environmental Studies students lay the foundation for the project they will complete in 499B. Together, the courses help students integrate their experience and perspectives and apply them to a specific environmental issue. Students will be expected to produce a major written analysis of a current complex environmental issue facing the Inland Northwest. Fall and Spring.
ENVS 499B Symposium in Env Studies II
2.00 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. Spring.
Prerequisite:
ENVS 499A Minimum Grade: D

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