Environment, Geography, and Marine Sciences

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C. Patrick Heidkamp
CHAIRPERSON
Morrill 118
(203) 392-5919 – Fax (203) 392-5833
heidkampc1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-5834

Vincent Breslin, Professor
Susan Cusato, Associate Professor
Scott Graves, Associate Professor
C. Patrick Heidkamp, Associate Professor
Catherine Koehler, Assistant Professor
Matthew Miller, Assistant Professor
James Tait, Professor
Eric West, Associate Professor
Leon Yacher, Professor
Elyse Marie Zavar, Assistant Professor

ENV 100 - Environmental Studies I

An overview of the major scientific concepts that underlie current environmental problems. A multidisciplinary approach to the nature and extent of the pollution jeopardizing our air, water, resources, wildlife, and quality of human life.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ENV 101 - Critical Thinking: Global Environmental Issues

Course teaches basic critical thinking skills through engagement with some of the most fundamental global environmental problems of our time (e.g., energy and oil, climate change, world water resources, biodiversity loss and species extinctions). The course will examine means of living sustainably with the planet and will provide students with the tools to sort through the media hype and distortions of information that are all too common on all sides of these issues. Students will appreciate that critical thinking skills are applicable to all intellectual endeavors as well as to the profitable living of one’s own life.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ENV 200 - Environmental Studies II

Study of the political, legal, and economic dimensions of environmental issues.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ENV 220 - Global Climate Change

Examination of the scientific, social, economic and political aspects of global climate change due to energy production using fossil-fuels.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ENV 350 - Environmental/Earth Systems Inquiry

Local, regional, and global environmental phenomena, events, and issues through inquiry, field studies, and group collaborative research. Topics include environmental field studies, site descriptions and monitoring, and data collection (weather, hydrology, soils, and biometry). A systems analysis approach examines environmental phenomena and events affecting atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere.

Prerequisite(s): One science (BIO, CHE, PHY, GEO) or ENV 100, or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ENV 398 - Special Topics

Topics vary.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

ENV 400 - Social Science Perspectives on Environment

Investigation of major environmental issues as they relate to culture and other social structures.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ENV 401 - Pollution Prevention and Controls

Basic principles of hazardous chemical management and emergency response. Investigates chemical, biologic, and earth science systems and their interactions which influence the fate of chemicals in the environment. Management strategies, identification, and quantitative remediation techniques are discussed. Completion of the course results in eligibility of OSHA 1910.120 40 hour training certificate for Hazardous Materials Training Certificate.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ENV 491 - Environmental Problem Solving

Systematic analysis of a topic in environmental or marine studies selected by the student with prior instructor approval. Students learn effective research, writing, and oral communication skills culminating in the preparation of a research paper and a formal seminar presentation.

Prerequisite(s): Completed LEP Tier 2 Natural World I and Natural World II, or 6 credits in ENV or MAR.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

ENV 499 - Independent Study

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

GEO 100 - People, Places, and Environments

Study of the world’s natural habitats and cultural landscapes and the interrelationships that may develop among them.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 102 - World Regional Geography

Examination of some geographic principles and relationships in regions on every continent. Provides a background for understanding contemporary world events.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 105 - Food Systems: A Geography

A critical examination of the current food system from a geographical perspective. Provides a multi-scalar (from the local to the global) analysis of food production, distribution, consumption, and food waste disposal.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 110 - Geography and Conflict

Focuses on the economic processes and resulting spatial patterns that created today's multicultural America. Students use computer-based geographic methods and mapping technologies to unlock and explore demographic data from various decennial censuses of the United States since 1790. Through studying how various ethnic and racial groups were culturally and geographically transformed in America and by applying geographic information systems to real population data, students will develop a rich understanding of diversity in America and the skills to make powerful interdisciplinary connections.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

GEO 190 - Exploring Geography: Opportunities and Your Future

Introduction to the multifaceted discipline of geography, providing a platform for subsequent geographical study. Students will work towards developing preparatory understandings of sub-fields in the discipline, traditions in geographic scholarship, geographic techniques, and the professional practice of geography. Students will meet the faculty of the SCSU geography department and have the opportunity to listen to professional geographer guest speakers. Intended for new majors.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 200 - Human Geography

Introduction to population, economic, cultural, political, urban, and marine geography and to ecology.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 201 - Physical Geography

Physical environments of representative areas: landforms, climates, vegetation, and soils are emphasized, as well as their distribution and significance for man.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 205 - Economic Geography

A geographical perspective of contemporary economic issues in the context of globalization and uneven development. The objectives of the course are to discuss concepts related to the evolution, spread, and spatial distribution of economic activity and to explore how the resulting emerging locational patterns of economic activity are affected by globalization. Discussions will focus on issues such as trade, technological change, and government policy from the variegated perspectives of labor, the firm, the consumer, and the state.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

GEO 208 - Political Geography

The interrelationships between geographic and political factors in the modern world. Current international, national, and local problems, viewed in their geographic settings, form an important part of the course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 260 - Population Geography

A study of the distribution of people on the earth and the reasons therefore; patterns of population growth and decline, both historical and contemporary; migrations; and biological and cultural characteristics of population.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 265 - Recreation Geography

A systematic geography course focusing on the spatial aspects of recreation in both its urban and rural settings with special reference to the United States. The course utilizes the field resources of New Haven and southern Connecticut in analyzing the geographic dimensions of recreation.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

GEO 270 - Designing Maps

Surveys the social and cultural significance of general purpose and thematic maps as well as the science and technology of their creation. Shows many interdisciplinary uses of maps and explores their importance to scientific inquiry, commerce, and everyday life. Teaches fundamental components of map interpretation including georeferencing, map projections, scale, generalization, symbolization, uses of color, types of maps, and misuse of maps. Introduces the student to mapmaking software/geographic information systems and its applications to display and query data for any portion of the earth’s surface.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 273 - Land Use Planning

An introduction to the principles of land use planning at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 290 - Research Methods in Geography

An introduction to research methods, research design, and research dissemination in geography. Topics addressed include the formulation of research questions; the development of research projects; qualitative, quantitative and field based research approaches; and research ethics. Lecture and group discussion format.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 200 or GEO 201.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 294 - Geography Tier 3 Capstone

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2015

GEO 298 - Special Topics

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of geography.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

GEO 301 - Landforms

A study of landforms and the processes involved in their origin and development with special reference to North America. Occasional field trips are part of the course.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

GEO 302 - World Climates

The effects of climatic elements and controls and their combinations throughout the world as well as their influences on humans and their activities. The course covers microclimatic factors, influence of climate on humans, global climate change, climatic classifications, and regional climates.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

GEO 303 - Principles of Sustainability

Introduction to the study of sustainability and human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective. The course is taught through a complex systems perspective considering environmental and societal challenges and human-environmental issues in a variety of contexts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 305 - Environmental Economic Geography

Theory and applications of economic geography to environmental issues. The course outlines four core themes, which all contribute to the understanding of sustainable economic geographies and the roots and compass of an environmental economic geography. The four themes are: ecological modernization, natural resources, institutions and environmental governance, and globalization and sustainability.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

GEO 311 - The United States and Canada

Examination of the regional geography of North America, including analysis of its physical environments, historical development, cultural patterns, and socioeconomic systems. Interactions between physical and anthropogenic systems are stressed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 315 - Connecticut

A systematic geographic overview of the state. Emphasis on the distribution, function, and structure of various geographical phenomena.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

GEO 325 - Latin America

The countries, regions, and peoples of Latin America, including the Caribbean area, and their regional organizations. Emphasis upon the changing societies of the region and the changing relationships between the cultural and the physical environments.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

GEO 330 - Europe

Geographic factors useful in interpreting conditions in Europe now and in the past. Current European and world situations are emphasized.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 341 - Asia

Geographical basis for life in Asia. Emphasis is on current problems involving historical, political and economic factors, as well as physical factors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 342 - Middle East

A systematic, historical, cultural, political and economic overview of the region, followed by an in-depth analysis of the individual countries.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

GEO 343 - Former Soviet Union

Study of the former Soviet Union, including its physical, human, economic characteristics, and geopolitical position in Eurasia.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

GEO 344 - Central Asia

A systematic and regional examination of the physical and cultural environments of the countries of Central Asia. Emphasis on current conditions related to geographic factors are discussed and analyzed.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 345 - Africa

Analysis of the geographical complexities of the African continent, both from a systemic and regional perspective. Discussions focus on the interrelationships of nature and society and how these relationships define and influence a particular region and produce the landscapes of contemporary Africa. A special emphasis is placed on current conditions as they relate to the discipline of geography.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

GEO 357 - Coastal and Marine Geography

Examination of the relationships between humans and the world’s oceans and coasts, including the biophysical, socioeconomic, and cultural aspects of this relationship and interrelationships between these elemenrts. An essential theme is the use and management of coastal and marine resources.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

GEO 360 - Introduction to GIS

Provides a broad understanding of concepts and general theory of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students utilize GIS software to complete a series of tutorials and labs. GIS theory is emphasized over software training. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s):

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 362 - Urban Geography

Study of the distribution, function, internal structure of cities. The focus is on structure and pattern.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 370 - Remote Sensing

Examination of how we view and evaluate our environment using various remote sensing techniques. Topics include land use/land cover change, vegetation patterns, geologic mapping, and anthropogenic effects (e.g., oil spills, water contamination). Interpretation of remotely sensed images through in-class labs and research projects emphasize the study of spatial and environmental relationships. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 270.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

GEO 371 - Cartography

Computer methods for visualizing qualitative and quantitative geographic information for data exploration, analysis, and communication. Trains the student to determine and construct suitable map projections for any study area; techniques for classifying and symbolizing data based on spatial and frequency distributions and the underlying behavior of the phenomena being mapped; and, effective map design and the use of color and lettering for different communication media. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 4 hours.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 270 or departmental permission.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 400 - Geography of Wine

A critical examination of the global wine industry from a geographical perspective. The cultivation of vines and the production and consumption of wine is considered through a focus on the spatial variations of the embedded bio-physical, environmental, socio-economic, and cultural complexities of the wine industry.

Special Information: Participation in 3 supervised field activities. Prerequisite: Must be 21 years of age; and 3 credits of GEO.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

GEO 403 - Applied Sustainability

Field laboratory experience intended to put principles of sustainability concepts into practice through an applied project-based learning experience. Projects may address water, energy, food systems and environmental justice related topics in campus and/or community based settings.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 303.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

GEO 405 - Environmental Justice

Examination of the role of social inequalities, particularly those of class and race, and the dissemination of environmental risks in societies at different geographic scales. Also includes study of legal solutions and public policy measures that address environmental injustices.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2017

GEO 460 - GIS II

Teaches students in environmental and spatial sciences how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to visualize, query, and begin to analyze key aspects of terrain (such as elevation, slope, and aspect, landuse, landcover, and vegetation) as well as human modifications and the built environment. Input and edit georeferenced data from multiple sources such as paper maps and global positioning systems (GPS) and learn aspects of various coordinate systems and spatial database designs in order to link attribute data to inputted geographic features. Classify and symbolize data in order to create maps; embed graphs and reports in maps; and output maps in digital and paper form. Export GIS data to other software packages and import spatial data from other software packages into GIS software.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 360.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 461 - Advanced Spatial Analysis for Environmental and Biophysical Applications

Extends skills learned in GEO 460 to include 2D and 3D surface and sub-surface modeling for interrelated applications in natural resource management, biology, and the physical environment. Applications include determination and visualization of viewsheds and watersheds; least cost path analysis and network analysis for modeling flows through biophysical and human systems such as streams, habitat corridors, and roads; and, proximity analysis for any application, such as habitat suitability or flood risk, in which the spatial context of features on the landscape is important. Methods such as interpolation to calculate and map unknown values or probabilities for locations using measured values at sample sites. Develop simple and complex spatial models, including regression models and process models, for mulitfaceted environmental processes and relationships such as soil erosion and surface and sub-surface groundwater flow. Integrate GIS analysis with statistical software and other software packages and methods.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 460.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

GEO 470 - Field Techniques

Course involves field study in either the southern Connecticut region or an area outside the United States. Areas are visited and mapped, and techniques of field research are studied dealing with the physical and human aspects of the environment.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

GEO 481 - Spatial Analysis

Application of statistical techniques to analyze geographic phenomena.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in GEO.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

GEO 490 - Seminar in Geographic Thought

A capstone experience for Geography majors focusing on the integration of geographic theory and geographic practice in the context of selected contemporary issues, events, or processes through a combination of seminar style discussions and field-research project based learning. The course also provides an overview of the historical and philosophical development of the discipline.

Prerequisite(s): GEO 200, GEO 201, and senior status.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

GEO 497 - Internship

Practical training in a variety of government agencies and private firms, working under supervision of the employer’s representative and a faculty administrator.

Special Information: Program must be approved in advance by the department.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and 12 credits in GEO.

3 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

GEO 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

MAR 140 - The World Ocean

Introduction to contemporary marine environmental science, focusing on the relationship between basic marine systems and processes and current marine environmental concerns. Open to non-science majors.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

MAR 210 - Coastal Marine Studies

Classroom and field activities in marine biology, geology, meteorology, and coastal zone management along Long Island Sound. Lecture and field activities.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

MAR 250 - Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution

Examination of sources, transport, and fate of toxic and non toxic contaminants in the ocean. Physical, chemical, and biological processes that control distribution and cycling of contaminants are considered along with relevant state, federal, and international water pollution control policies. Emphasis placed on case studies in Long Island Sound.

Prerequisite(s): MAR 140 or MAR 210 or ESC 320 or CHE 120 or BIO 100 or BIO 102.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAR 340 - Coastal Processes/Environment

Various coastal environments, their origins, and the processes that shape them including impacts of humans.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 111, MAT 100 or MAT 102 or higher, and one of the following: MAR 140, MAR 150, ESC 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAR 398 - Special Topics in Marine Studies

Topics vary.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

MAR 460 - Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Studies

Investigations of regional environmental processes and problems using state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques.

Prerequisite(s): MAR 250 or MAR 340.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

MAR 491 - Environmental Problem Solving

Systematic analysis of a topic in environmental or marine studies selected by the student with prior instructor approval. Students learn effective research, writing, and oral communication skills culminating in the preparation of a research paper and a formal seminar presentation.

Prerequisite(s): MAR 210 or [ENV 100 and ENV 200].

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

MAR 499 - Independent Study and Research

Provides properly qualified students an opportunity for independent study and/or research in selected topics in marine studies.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

SCE 490 - Science (Secondary School)

General science concepts are presented through assigned readings, lecture demonstrations, and discussions for teaching grades 7-12. For teaching certification only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

SCE 494 - Student Teaching (Science)

Guided observation and supervised student teaching in grades 7-12 in cooperating schools.Ten-week course.

Prerequisite(s): SCE 490.

8 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SCE 496 - Student Teaching Seminar-Science

Discussion of educational issues, in particular those raised by students’ experiences in the field. To be taken concurrently with SCE 494.

Prerequisite(s): SCE 490.

1 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

SCE 498 -

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016