Course Requirements

The Environmental Science and Studies Capstone, ENV 350, is part of the Liberal Studies Program (see Liberal Studies Requirements).  ENV 350 is designed to allow students to reflect on their entire college career as they prepare for graduation.  It creates an opportunity for students to integrate their major and liberal studies coursework and to better understand how each informs and enhances the other.  Students in the University Honors Program and students with a double major may be required to take a different Capstone.  If this is the case, they may choose to substitute ENV 350 as one of their required 300-level ENV courses or as an open elective.
 

Open Electives 

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.  

ENV 345

URBAN AGRICULTURE

This course will acquaint students with the challenges, opportunities, practices, and transformative potential of urban agriculture. Taking an interdisciplinary, integrative, case-study approach, this course will explore issues such as food access, food security, food deserts, community gardening, farmers markets, locavore food movement, entrepreneurial aspects of urban agriculture, method of food production, community nutrition, and food consumption patterns. The course will meet both in the classroom and on-site at an urban farm, where students will work in all aspects of the farm as well as learn to organize communities in an effort to help them create food security and access to healthy food systems.

ENV 360

RESEARCH METHODS

ENV 360 is intended for junior year Environmental Science majors who are preparing for their senior research projects. Topics include nature and philosophy of science, experimental design, statistical analysis and scientific writing, focusing on common concerns and pitfalls of the environmental science researcher. Students develop a literature base and thesis proposal on a topic to be determined in the first weeks of the course.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Environmental Science major with junior standing or above is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 150

CALCULUS I

Limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, extrema, curve sketching, and optimization. This course meets for an additional 1-hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
Prerequisites:
MAT 131 or placement by test is a prerequisite for this course.

MAT 151

CALCULUS II

Definite and indefinite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration. This course meets for an additional 1-hour lab session each week for enrichment and problem solving.
Prerequisites:
MAT 150 or MAT 160 or MAT 170 is a prerequisite for this class.

MAT 152

CALCULUS III

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equisites:
MAT 151 or MAT 161 or MAT 171 is a prerequisite for this class.

GEO 242

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS

An intermediate-level course. Students conduct real-world GIS projects for community organizations in Chicagoland. Topics include data capture, manipulation, database design, data quality, and spatial analysis. Students will complete projects following best practices of GIS project management. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
Prerequisites:
GEO 241 or PSC 201 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENV 362

SENIOR THESIS

ENV 362 is designed for Environmental Science students working on their senior thesis. 2 quarter credits.
Prerequisites:
ENV 360 is a prerequisite for this class.

GEO 241

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I

An introductory-level course covering the fundamentals of GIS. Topics include GPS, remote sensing, data models (vector and raster), coordinate systems, and map design. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course,

GEO 243

REMOTE SENSING

An introduction to the fundamentals of remote sensing, the analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Special topics include image interpretation, image processing, urban change analysis, environmental monitoring, and photogrammetry. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on lab exercises using ArcGIS Desktop. A comprehensive final project using techniques learned from your work completes the course.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course,

GEO 343

REMOTE SENSING II

This course presents intermediate to advanced techniques in remote sensing, analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Remote Sensing II provides 2nd level depth to some of the more advanced techniques of remote sensing and image interpretation. There is a special focus on urban/environmental applications of remote sensing, i.e. the detection, delineation, identification, and quantification of processes occurring in and around cities which affect the environment. Remote sensing technologies have, to an increasing extent, become integrated and deployed through geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Students learn to integrate techniques from this course to produce information products that are useful in the support of public and private decision-making. Techniques covered include advanced classification, georeferencing, LIDAR, and hyperspectral data analysis. The course will be taught through integrated hands-on activities, lectures and a comprehensive final project.
Prerequ
isites:
GEO 243 is a prerequisite for this course.

GEO 344

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS III: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABLITY

An advanced-level course. Students conduct spatial analysis of sustainability issues of their interests. Topics include pattern point analysis, network analysis, spatial interpolation, and hydrologic modeling with GIS. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS. Formerly GEO 244.
Prerequisites:
GEO 242 is a prerequisite for this class.