Environmental Education Concentration Courses

ES 501 Introduction to Environmental Studies. The introductory course in the program, ES 501 combines investigations in natural history, meteorology, geology, aquatic studies, and ecology while featuring an extensive field study of a natural area at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. There are field trips to the Brendan Byrne State Forest to investigate the pinelands, to the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge for a salt marsh study, and to Island Beach State Park to investigate a barrier island and an estuary.

ES 502 Field Natural History. Study in the field, the characteristics and life histories of vascular plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fungi. Focuses on taxonomic classification, field identification, and scientific collecting.

ES 503 Meteorology. Exploration of meteorology as a science, utilizing discussions, laboratories, field trips, guest speakers and films. Focuses on taxonomic classification, field identification, and scientific collecting.

ES 504 Human Ecology: Use of Natural Resources. In many ways Human Ecology is the capstone course in the program, and takes up where ES 501 leaves off as it places humans squarely in the middle of the environmental dilemma. Through guest speakers from the EPA, the DEP, Environmental planners and consultants, oil company executives and those working with alternative fuels, and field trips to diverse places such as the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station, the Highway Materials Quarry, the Tullytown Landfill and Trash to Steam plant, the Belmont Water Treatment Plant and the Abington Wastewater Treatment plant, students learn the hard truths about human intervention into environmental matters and what positive signs there might be in the overall environmental picture.

ES 505 Earth Science. Introduction to physical geology. Emphasizes processes involved in rock formation and alteration of the lithosphere. Includes actions of wind, water, chemical substances and living organisms during weathering and erosion. Also stresses the role of plate tectonics on continental and ocean basin evolution and human impact on mineral resources. Requires laboratory activities and some Saturday field trips.

ES 506 Society and the Environment.  Designed to provide a clearer understanding of how environmental value systems evolve for individuals, groups, policital systems, nations, cultures and civilizations. Examines a broad range of environmental issues facing the human race from the perspective of various value systems. Prerequisites: ES 501 and either ES 502, 503 or 505 are recommended.

ES 511 Aquatic Ecology. Through field trips and laboratory experiences, this course is an investigation of the basic ecological concepts which permit aquatic systems to function. Topics include pond, stream, river and fresh water marsh ecology; basic water chemistry and human impact on aquatic resources.

ED 556 Strategies and Curriculum in Environmental Education. Study of the development, presentation and critique of techniques and activities for teaching environmental education in the classroom and outdoor settings. Includes surveying several national environmental education resources as a basis for designing field experiences in environmental education appropriate to the teacher's own environmental education programs. Provides opportunity to design teaching units in environmental education. For teachers, K-12. Prerequisites: ES 501, 502

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