Course Projects

In addition to our capstone course, ES 300, many ES courses have research projects as a central feature. Some of these include:

ES 312S/POL2 312S: In the Environmental Policy seminar students work in groups to change some aspects of environmental behavior on campus during the semester. Recent projects have involved installing sensors on lights and vending machines to conserve energy when not in use, the introduction of 100% post consumer waste recycled paper as a campus option, and the removal of disposable dishware from regular use in the dining halls. Contact Beth DeSombre for more information on previous projects.

ES 381/POL1 381: U.S. Environmental Politics: This course is a case-study based approach to federal environmental issues in the United States. Working together, students analyze the political, scientific, and economic concerns and stakeholders relevant to issues such as endangered species protection, climate change, and energy policy. At the end of the term, each student takes one case study, conducts further research, and draws on her fellow students' analyses to produce an issue brief detailing the environmental issue and making a politically viable policy recommendation.

ES 315/GEOS 315: Environmental Geochemistry with Laboratory: Accurately predicting the fate and transport of naturally occurring toxic elements and anthropogenic compounds in the environment requires a broad set of multidisciplinary skills. This course introduces geochemical approaches including mass balance, residence time, isotope fractionation, and thermodynamic and kinetic modeling necessary to fingerprint sources of pollutants and track them in water, soil, and plants. These fundamentals will be explored in several classic case studies and in semester-long geochemical research projects conducted by small groups. Normally offered in alternate years. Students may register for either ES 315 or GEOS 315 and credit will be granted accordingly. Contact Dan Brabander for more information.