Environmental Studies 1

STUDIES16 Credits for 20 students. Coordinator: William Brown

If you are concerned about environmental issues, like the outdoors, or just want to know and explore more about the area, this FIG is for you!  The ES FIG provides a full semester's worth of courses (16 credits) that explore the environment, while also fulfilling general education requirements.  In addition to course work, on most Fridays throughout the semester, students and faculty take a series of fieldtrips into the Adirondack Park and surrounding areas, to examine water, air, and soil quality, as well as to understand the social dimensions that shape the local environment.  There is a student fee of $100 to defray travel and entrance fees.  Student athletes, and others with structured obligations, should note that late afternoon classes, Friday fieldtrips, and one weekend excursion could conflict with other obligations. 

93949 COMP 101 Writing & Critical Thinking 4 Cr. TuTh 2-3:40pm McNutt, D.
Encourages development of writing, critical thinking and the use of information resources. Addresses how language permits communication, shapes thought and changes through time.  Satisfies General Education FW requirement.

93722 ENVR 110 Intro to Environmental Studies 3 Cr. TuTh 11-12:15pm and F 9am – 5pm TBA Van Hooreweghe, K.
An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues.  Historical and contemporary views of wilderness and the environment and potential solutions to current environmental problems will be explored. Special focus on the Adirondacks. Satisfies General Education FC requirement.

94733 BIOL 111 Adirondack Ecology & Natural History 3 Cr. TuTh 9:30-10:45am Brown, W.
Explores general ecological principles and the relationship between organisms and their environment. Natural history and identification of Adirondack plants, animals and ecosystems is incorporated through lecture, field studies and individual projects. Satisfies General Education SB requirement.

94665 ARTS 142 Basic Photography 4 Cr. MW 11-1:20pm Infante, N.
No previous art training required. This course addresses creative problems in photography with an emphasis on design and visual elements. Camera functions, image manipulation, and printing techniques will be introduced. Lectures and presentations address relevant theoretical and historical concepts. A camera is required.

Note: Environmental Studies First-Year Interest Group class requires a digital camera. Other classes could be digital or film based. Contact professor for camera requirements. Satisfies General Education AE requirement.

93728 FY 100 First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. W 4:40-5:55pm Rapczynski, J.
A two-credit course meeting once a week and offering an excellent introduction to the College's resources and how to succeed in the difficult transition from high school to college life and work. Integrated with the FIG's theme.

NOTE:WILD 240 Backpacking is not part of the Adirondack/Environmental Studies FIG, buthas been offered in the past and is a required course for Wilderness Education minors. Students who are interested in taking Backpacking can register for it separately.