Environmental Courses at Rensselaer:


Interdisciplinary Enivronmental Courses




Course Descriptions--94 Interdisciplinary Environmental Courses

94191 First-Year Environmental Seminar I A weekly seminar required for students who are beginning their degree program in environmental science and open to other first-year students. Speakers include faculty, graduate students, and guest environmental professionals. Topical environmental issues are considered from numerous perspectives. Fall term annually. 1 credit hour

94192 First-Year Environmental Seminar II A continuation of 94191 that focuses on a different environmental issue each year. Spring term annually. 1 credit hour

94210 Introduction to Environmental Studies An introduction to a variety of ways to study the environment, especially science and technology studies, environmental science, and environmental engineering. Case studies and projects emphasize the cooperation of disciplines in addressing local and global environmental issues such as PCBs in the Hudson River, acid rain in the Adirondacks, and population growth. (Cross listed as 45210. Students cannot obtain credit for both this course and 45210.) Spring term annually. 4 credit hours

94460 Classic Writings on the Environment Intensive writing and discussion course for seniors with substantial background and course work in environmental issues. In-depth analysis of writings representing a variety of perspectives (scientific, historical, aesthetic, social, political, economic, ethical) on environmental issues. Prerequisites: senior status, two H&SS environmentally focused courses (e.g., courses listed in environmental studies concentration), and two courses in biology and/or geology, or permission of instructor. (Cross listed as 45460. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and 45460.) Spring term annually. 3 credit hours

94470 One Mile of the Hudson River I The first in a two-course sequence that focuses on the upper Hudson River Valley as an environmental microcosm and a vehicle through which to illustrate human relationships with nature. The interdisciplinary environmental course is for environmentally oriented junior- and senior-level students. Prerequisites: junior or senior status; introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and geology; two environmentally oriented humanities/social sciences courses (e.g., courses listed in environmental studies concentration), or permission of instructor. Fall term annually. 4 credit hours

94471 One Mile of the Hudson River II The second of the two-course sequence that begins with 94470. Prerequisite: 94470. Spring term annually. 4 credit hours



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