Environmental Science (ES)


ES 115 Geographic Information Systems 3 Cr.

Introduction through geographic information systems (GIS) to spatial analysis, addressing a range of applications across disciplines. Students use GIS to analyze spatial data and problem solve real-world issues. During the final four weeks students design, implement, and present a GIS project. 3 lecture hours. (Spring, even years).

ES 130 Introduction to Environmental Law 3 Cr.

Major Federal pollution regulation schemes, environmental economics, risk analysis, relevant common law, and constitutional and procedural issues are introduced. Vermont Environmental Law is addressed, as is a survey of the extensive and often novel regulatory approaches of the state of Vermont. The course introduces environmental law issues such as population, economic growth, energy, and pollution. Environmental problems are defined and alternative approaches for dealing with them are examined. Existing statutory efforts such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act are analyzed. 3 lecture hours. (Fall).

ES 188 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ES 199 Environmental Science Pilot Course 6 Cr.

A course is permitted to run as a pilot without seeking faculty approval for one academic year. The section will include the title of the course. A student will not earn credit for a pilot course and the course when approved as its own course.

ES 1XL Enviromental Lab Sci. Transfer Elec 4 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ES 1XX Enviromental Science Transfer Elec. 4 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

ES 251 Sophomore Seminar in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

Introduces the fundamentals of scientific investigation and communication. An experimental project introduces the Scientific Method, while scientific literature is introduced and coupled with instruction in and application of technical writing. Students learn to communicate scientific information in poster and oral presentations and they initiate development of their professional portfolio. 1 lecture hour. May not earn credit for both ES 251 and GL 251. (Fall).

ES 260 Project in Environmental Science 1-4 Cr.

Students conduct an independent study on an environmental science field or laboratory project. Topic chosen by mutual consent of the student and instructor. A written report is required. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: GL 110, GL 111, or GL 156, and Department Chair permission. (Occasionally).

ES 268 Freshwater Ecosystems 4 Cr.

This course investigates physical, chemical, biological processes of lakes, wetlands and streams through an ecosystem based approach. Focus is on interactions between abiotic and biotic components and the transfer of energy between different trophic levels. Students learn important aquatic plant and animal taxa, nutrient cycles, and the physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic settings. This foundational knowledge is applied to understanding environmental stresses currently impacting freshwater ecosystems, including excess nutrients, climate change and invasive species. Course work includes classroom based lectures and discussions and a field based lab which visits a range of freshwater environments. 3 Lecture hours. 3 Laboratory hours. Prerequisites: GL 111, GL 110 or BI 102 (Fall, odd years).

ES 288 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ES 290 Internship in Environmental Science 1-4 Cr.

A course for environmental science internships on a topic chosen by mutual consent of the student and instructor. A written report is required. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: GL 110, GL111, or GL 156, 2.0 cumulative GPA and Department Chair permission. (Occasionally).

ES 299 Pilot course 4 Cr.

An course this is offered as a pilot course. May be repeated under four different topics, when different.

ES 2XX Environmental Science Transfer Elective 1-6 Cr.

ES 340 Project Development in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

Develops the skills for designing and executing an original scientific research project. Topics include research plan development, literature research to inform methodology, generation of site maps and protocols for collecting field and laboratory data, and generation of a properly formatted research proposal. 1 lecture hour. Prerequisite: Environmental Science major, Junior standing or higher and instructor permission. (Spring).

ES 388 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

ES 440 Research Project in Environmental Science 3 Cr.

A capstone original research project under the direction of a faculty member in coordination with others taking this course. Field and laboratory work will generate new data on an expanding base; after analysis and interpretation, data will be presented in a technical format. All aspects of the project will be interpreted in the context of the literature. 3 lecture hours. Prerequisite: ES 340. May not receive credit for this course and GL 440. (Fall).

ES 451 Environmental Science Seminar 3 Cr.

A capstone seminar experience integrating reading, writing, and group participation focused on Earth and environmental issues. Discussions explore links between society and global systems. 3 lecture hours. Credit cannot be received for this course and GL 451. Prerequisite: Senior standing; Environmental Science major. (Spring).

ES 460 Project Completion in Environmental Science 1 Cr.

Follows work in ES 440. Students integrate the body of scientific knowledge into a professional and technical report. Students work collaboratively with their research advisor. 1 lecture hour. Prerequisite: ES 440. (Spring).

ES 488 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.