Courses

ENVS 401 – Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“This capstone seminar will engage students in the interdisciplinary study of a local environmental issue. The course will include interaction with community groups and government agencies, library research, and the collection and analysis of data to explore the connections between science, public policy, and social issues. This course does not meet the natural science distribution requirement.
This course is open to senior environmental science majors and minors, and others by permission of instructor.”


ENVS 375 – Methods in Environmental Science

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“A field-oriented, problem-based course covering data collection and analysis methods commonly used to conduct environmental assessments and to solve environmental problems. This course includes methods for risk assessment, land management and land use history determination, habitat analysis, bio-monitoring, soil composition analysis, soil and water chemistry analysis, and GIS mapping. A strong emphasis is placed upon research design, data manipulation, and statistical analysis. As a culminating exercise, students in the course prepare a final report that integrates all the topics and techniques learned throughout the course and that addresses the focal problem. This course is not open to first year students without permission of instructor.”


ENVS 350 – Field Study in Environmental Science – Field Ecology of the Galápagos Islands

Course Description:
This field-based, experiential course introduces students to field methods in the environmental sciences and biology. This course consists of two distinct but integrated parts: the pre-trip and the field experience in the Galápagos Islands. Through a series of lectures and a survey of important literature, the pre-trip will familiarize students with the ecology of the Galápagos Islands and common field sampling techniques and statistical analysis methods used in biology and the environmental sciences. In collaboration with Ecology Project International, the field experience will allow students to apply what they learned in the classroom in a field setting. Specifically, students will conduct research on the effect of habitat on tortoise migration, putting into practice their knowledge of Galápagos ecology, field sampling techniques, and statistical analysis methods. This course is open to environmental science and biology majors and minors, and others by permission of instructor. More information about the Spring 2018 offering can be found here.


BIOL 302 – Amphibian Ecology and Conservation

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“Amphibians are undergoing a dramatic and rapid global decline due to a variety of factors including habitat degradation and destruction, over-exploitation, disease, and climate change. This seminar and discussion course will explore the ecology of amphibians, the causes and implications of their decline, and amphibian-focused conservation efforts. Students will gain experience reading, evaluating, presenting, and discussing peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, government documents, and non-government organization publications.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L or Biology 183L, or permission of instructor.”


BIOL 233 – Conservation Biology

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“This lecture and discussion course focuses on the science and theory of this interdisciplinary field. Biological concepts examined include biodiversity and the definition of species, patterns of species vulnerability, population dynamics of small populations, extinctions and invasions, rarity, metapopulations, conservation genetics, reserve design, captive breeding, endangered species, habitat fragmentation, and population recovery programs. Interactions between biology, human concerns regarding resource management, and the political process will also be considered.
Prerequisite: C- or better in Biology 182L, or permission of instructor.”


ENVS 149 – Introduction to Environmental Science

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“An introduction to interrelationships among the natural environment, humans, and the human environment, including the biological, social, economic, technological, and political aspects of current environmental challenges. This course focuses on building the scientific framework necessary to understand environmental issues. It explores the structure, function, and dynamics of ecosystems, interactions between living and physical systems, and how human enterprise affects natural systems. It also examines current issues regarding human impacts on environmental quality, including global warming, air and water pollution, agriculture, overpopulation, energy, and urbanization. The laboratory section, which complements lecture material, incorporates laboratory and field exercises that include a focus on Hartford and a nearby rural area.”


BIOL/ENVS 141 – Global Perspectives in Biodiversity and Conservation

Course Description from the Trinity College course catalog:
“This lecture and discussion course focuses on the current biodiversity crisis. We will discuss biological diversity and where it is found and how it is monitored, direct and indirect values of biodiversity, and consequences of biodiversity loss. Topics of discussion will also include the problems of small populations, the politics of endangered species, species invasions and extinctions, and the role of humans in these processes, design and establishment of reserves, captive breeding, and the role that the public and governments play in conserving biological diversity. Not creditable to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.”