Environmental Studies & Science (ENSS)

ENSS 140P. Introduction to Environmental Studies and Science. 1 Unit.

This course explores the natural and social science principles that define the interface between humans and natural systems. It emphasizes the principles of ecology and earth science, and cultural, political and economic forces that inform sustainable use of food, water, and energy. Lab and field activities provide experiences where students investigate human impacts on natural systems.

ENSS 201. Introduction to Maps and Geographic Information Systems. 1 Unit.

Maps predate written language, or history, by eons. Through applied work students learn the fundamentals of geolocation in the United States, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students gain working knowledge of GIS and underlying geographic principles. This course is appropriate for non-majors and prepares students for advanced GIS applications in upper division ENSS courses.

ENSS 204S. Environmental Geography of Latin America. 1 Unit.

A regional survey of Latin America with emphasis on the interaction of peoples with landscapes. Latin American worldviews and cultures, both native and contemporary, are contextualized within geologic, biotic, and climatic systems.

ENSS 211R. Weather and Climate. 1 Unit.

Analysis of the systems forming weather and climate. Topics in the course include the origin of winds and pressure systems, the fundamental role of water in energy transfer and storm formation, cyclogenesis, hurricanes and other extreme weather, and anthropogenic climate change. Activities and concepts covered will include interpretation of weather station models (symbols), identification of atmospheric properties, use of adiabatic lapse rate to predict cloud height and precipitation events, cloud identification, analysis of frontal movement, electromagnetic radiation and the atmospheric energy balance, identification of greenhouse gas emissions and their role in altering the global energy balance.

ENSS 218. Environmental Law & Policy. 1 Unit.

The course introduces legal requirements and policy framework for United States environmental law. It focuses on major federal laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clear Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and constitutional issues, plus state and local implementation measures. Subject matter includes air and water pollution, wetlands, toxic and solid waste, trade, energy, sustainability and growth management regulations.

ENSS 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

An intermediate level course taken independently from an instructor that is not part of the regular course schedule. May be repeated for credit. No prerequisites. Permission of instructor required.

ENSS 290. Special Topics in Environmental Science. 1 Unit.

A specialty course taught at the intermediate level on a one-time basis. May be repeated for credit. No prerequisites.

ENSS 301. Geographic Information Systems and Science. 1 Unit.

Application of computer mapping platforms, techniques, data management, and data analysis. Assignments emphasize mapping with quantitative datasets, symbolic logic (e.g., Boolean Logic and Set Algebra), and spatial integration of raster and vector file formats. Includes a lecture and weekly laboratory component. Prerequisites: ENSS 140; ENSS 201 or BIO 243Q; or permission of instructor.

ENSS 302. Field Methods. 1 Unit.

The measurement and analysis of geographic phenomena in the field. Students learn the principles of sampling and the use of specialized equipment (GPS, surveying instruments). Prerequisite: ENSS 140P.

ENSS 303. Environmental Science Seminar. 0.5 Units.

Environmental science majors become acquainted with diverse applications of environmental science through the exploration of local professionals and researchers. Guest speakers present their work from the public, private, and academic sectors. Prerequisite: Two of the following: ENSS 140P, BIOL 112P, BIOL 116P, BIOL 142P, CHEM 111P, CHEM 141P.

ENSS 310R. Cultural and Political Ecology. 1 Unit.

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the tensions between economic development and management of natural environments. The course emphasizes the dynamic (dialectical) influences of humans and environment on each other. The concept of nature is questioned while we explore various paradigms for understanding the effects of economic development and underdevelopment on natural systems. An international context is stressed. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

ENSS 312. Biogeography. 1 Unit.

An examination of the distribution patterns of plants and animals and the environmental and cultural influences responsible for them during the quaternary period (the last two million years). Emphasis is on natural plant communities and the impact of humans on them. Prerequisite: ENSS 140P or BIOL 112P or BIOL 142P.

ENSS 313. The World's Population. 1 Unit.

A study of the spatial structure of the population of the developed and underdeveloped worlds, population movements, differentials in population structure among places, and current and future problems in the relationship between population and resources at a global scale.

ENSS 314. Modern Urban America. 1 Unit.

An analysis of the evolution of the modern urban landscape in North America, with particular emphasis on the changes in architecture, technology, planning and society during the period 1880 to the present.

ENSS 315. Sustainability Studies. 1 Unit.

Strategies and metrics for assessing and maintaining production systems that can be perpetuated through time in terms of resource management, economic yield, and quality of life. Prerequisite: ENSS 140P.

ENSS 317D. Global Perspectives of Food Production. 1 Unit.

The character of food production systems from the global to local and organic to industrial are contrasted. Historical production regimes are juxtaposed with modern farming regimes around the world with special attention to the origins of agriculture, the development of modern technologies, and the economic forces related to food production. Junior Seminar.

ENSS 319. Water Policy. 1 Unit.

The course introduces the basic interdisciplinary study of water policy including its history, framework of water law and the role of science. There will be strong emphasis on Central Florida case studies such as springs, rivers, estuaries, water supply and wetlands. Topics include Clean Water Act, public trust doctrine, eastern vs. western water law, Everglades, and endangered species.

ENSS 320. Environmental Planning. 1 Unit.

The course introduces the basic subject matter of modern environmental planning. It will focus on local government requirements for land use planning and zoning, and state and federal requirements for resource protection. Topics include comprehensive plans and zoning, innovative planning techniques, geographic information systems modeling, greenways, sustainable development, green infrastructure, smart growth, habitat conservation plans, environmental impact statements, historic preservation, and policy framework.

ENSS 325. Climate Adaptation and Planning. 1 Unit.

This course builds upon consensus projections of climate change impact to explore, analyze, and evaluate contemporary adaptation and planning responses within human society. Assignments emphasize integration of geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative scenario planning, and critical reasoning about uncertainty and trade-offs. Prerequisites: ENSS 140, ENSS 211R, and either ENSS 201 or ENSS 301, or Permission of Instructor.

ENSS 355. Environmental Activism. 1 Unit.

The course is an interdisciplinary survey of environmental activism including its history, political organization, legal approaches, and stakeholder involvement in environmental policy. The course explores the spectrum of environmental organizations, their strategies, tactics, and programs. We will explore how public policy is influenced by citizens and environmental organizations and explore the manner in which the environmental movement has expanded globally.

ENSS 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

An advanced level course taken independently from an instructor that is not part of the regular course schedule. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor required.

ENSS 390. Special Topics in Environmental Science. 1 Unit.

A specialty course taught at the advanced level on a one-time basis. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor required.

ENSS 391R. The United States Food System. 1 Unit.

This junior seminar explores the multi-faceted United States food system through an interdisciplinary lens. Local and regional food systems feed the complex national picture. Growing and consuming food affect and are affected by various factors, such as agriculture, economics, natural and human environments, health and nutrition, business and entrepreneurship, physical and natural sciences, consumer behavior, psychology, sociology, literature, politics, and the legal system. This course will study many aspects of the national landscape of food in the United States, along with the interconnections between them. Junior Seminar.

ENSS 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Opportunity for a student to assist a professor and students in a course that that the student has already taken. Pass/Fail only. Permission of instructor required. Credit does not count toward the major.

ENSS 397. Earth Science Internship. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Students explore earth science in an applied setting, working with a professional outside Stetson. Typically, this internship requires about 10 hours a week or approximately 140 hours for the semester. Specific requirements will be presented by way of a contract signed by the student. Basic expectations include a journal, research paper, or appropriate work product, and a letter of evaluation from the site supervisor. Prerequisites: Permission of department chair and instructor, major or minor status, and junior or senior standing. May be repeated for credit with permission of the department head, but a maximum of one unit may be applied to the major or minor.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

ENSS 398. Geographic Information Systems Internship. 1 Unit.

This internship course is designed for those pursuing professional and practical experience with a local agency involved in applied geographic information, mapping sciences and/or database management. Prerequisites: GESS 301 and permission of the instructor.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.

ENSS 401. Environmental Management Internship. 1 Unit.

This applied internship course is designed for those majors pursuing further professional and practical experience with a local agency involved in environmental management and natural resource conservation. Any faculty member teaching in the Environmental Science program may agree to supervise an internship. The structure of the internship is determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENSS 301.

ENSS 402. Landscape Ecology. 1 Unit.

Landscape ecology uses multi-layered analysis of geospatial patterns to develop inferences about the abundance, distribution, persistence, and movement of materials and organisms across the environment. Assignments synthesize field data collection and geospatial modeling, while emphasizing the integration of appropriate quantitative methods and effective map visualizations when answering landscape ecology questions. Prerequisites: ENSS 140P, ENSS 301 and BIOL 243Q.

ENSS 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

An advanced level course taken independently from an instructor that is not part of the regular course schedule. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor required.

ENSS 490. Special Topics in EnvSci. 1 Unit.

A specialty course taught at the advanced level on a one-time basis. May be repeated for credit. Permission of instructor required.

ENSS 497. Research Proposal. 0.5 Units.

Taken in spring of the junior year, a research proposal is written and defended prior to undertaking senior research. Prerequisite: ENSS 201 or ENSS 310R. Writing-intensive course.

ENSS 498. Senior Research Project. 1 Unit.

Initiated with a proposal in the junior year, the senior research project is completed by December of the senior year. In this capstone of the undergraduate experience in environmental science and studies, students are trained to become research colleagues. Most projects are completed under the supervision of a Stetson faculty member, but off-campus mentors also are acceptable. Prerequisite: ENSS 497.

ENSS 499. Senior Seminar. 0.5 Units.

Completion or written and oral presentation of methods, results, and interpretation of senior research. Prerequisite: ENSS 498.