Course Descriptions

Environmental Studies Courses

ES 121 - Environmental Science

4.00 Cr
An introductory course focusing on the scientific analysis of environmental issues. Using core concepts from physics, chemistry, biology and earth science, students will exam key issues associated with sustaining biodiversity, natural resources, environmental health, and human societies. Topics will include ecological principles; land, water and energy use; epidemiology and toxicology; air, water and solid waste pollution; ecological economics; and environmental policy, law and planning. The course includes a laboratory and fulfills the CORE requirement for Natural Sciences. Required for Environmental Studies: Environmental Policy and Project Management majors. Open to all Carroll students.

ES 189 - ES Special Topic

1.00 Cr
2017 SUMMER: ES 189 Field Ecology in the Rockies.

The prerequisites include a high school math class and a high school natural science class. Standard letter grading.

Only 10 current Carroll students can apply. The remaining slots will remain open for the non-degree seeking students.

Description: Research in laboratories has produced tremendous insights for modern science. However, some fields of study are best conducted outside the laboratory environment to avoid contrived conditions that lead to laboratory artifacts, finding that are only relevant under laboratory conditions. Ecology- the study of the relationship between organisms and their environment- is better served by field investigations that reduce the influence of spurious laboratory findings. In this course, students will practice basic field techniques, collect original data and complete data analysis while study the plants and animals in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Topics will include: noninvasive survey techniques for wildlife including camera trapping and passive hair sampling for DNA; forest habitat mapping using GPS and ground surveys; wetland plant and amphibian surveys; fish ecology in mountain rivers including macroinvertebrate surveys for insect nymphs. Additionally, students will be introduced to safe travel and camping techniques in a wilderness setting including low impact hiking/camping, mountain bike travel, and river travel using canoes and/or rafts.

ES 200 - Environmental Beta

2.00 Cr
Environmental Beta is an experiential course designed to introduce students to the many perspectives from which they can engage with the natural world. The course begins with a week-long river trip down the Missouri River where students and faculty explore the integration of the scientific, social, political, historical and spiritual aspects of a wilderness landscape. Faculty from the Environmental program will be joined by faculty from anthropology, philosophy, English, other humanities and social sciences. Students will develop skills in the observation, description and interpretation of the natural world, building connections with the land, the Carroll faculty, and with each other. The second part of the course includes weekly meetings or field trips exploring the many and diverse environmental careers that students may pursue. From non-profits, to government agencies to outdoor education, student will hear from the different professional who have followed or found careers preserving, protecting, restoring, or teaching about the environment.

ES 201 - Environmental Practicum

1.00 Cr
A practical exploration of an environmental issue on the Carroll College campus, or encompassing the campus and the local community, through class analysis of the issue and concrete engagement with its resolution. The course may be taken for credit of to three times in different semesters, with an exploration of at least two different topics/projects.

ES 205 - Human Ecology

3.00 Cr
This class will focus on how humans interact with their environment, concentrating on biological, social and economic aspects. The course will investigate the principles of evolutionary theory with special emphasis on human behavior and cultural diversity. The class will examine adaptive design of traits, behaviors, and life histories of humans in an ecological context, including the role of social and cultural factors in the maintenance or disruption of ecosystems, contemporary ecological concerns and conservation ecology.

ES 250 - Field Zoology: Entomology

2.00 Cr
With an ever-growing concern about the conservation of biodiversity, there is increasing emphasis on developing skills and techniques to inventory species distributions and to monitor population dynamics. Field sampling techniques and skills in taxonomy are crucial to conservation surveillance. This course is an introduction to basic field and curator skills necessary to collect, manage and maintain specimen data for biological inventory and monitoring. The specific aims for this ten-week experience are: 1) to develop collection techniques in a field setting; 2) to practice processing and management of specimens and associated data; 3) to communicate findings to Montana stake holders. Topics vary and will rotate through Entomology, Ichthyology, Herpetology, Mammalogy, and Ornithology.

ES 300 - Environmental Field Studies

3.00 Cr
Designed as a field immersion experience followed by an open-ended project experience, students will practice basic field techniques, collect original data and complete at least one analytical project. Examples of field experiences include: Winter Ecology in Yellowstone, Alaska Landscape Dynamics, Tropical Ecology, and Natural History of Montana.

ES 300G - Environmental Field Study(GD)

3.00 Cr
Designed as a field immersion experience followed by an open-ended project experience, students will practice basic field techniques, collect original data and complete at least one analytical project. Examples of field experiences include: Winter Ecology in Yellowstone, Alaska Landscape Dynamics, Tropical Ecology, and Natural History of Montana. Global Diversity may apply when it is offered as a study abroad.

ES 304 - Environmental Field Methods

4.00 Cr
This course is designed to introduce students to the various field methods employed in the broad field of environmental science. Interdisciplinary in nature, environmental problems often require understanding and integration across disciplines and an understanding of how data is collected and analyzed. Environmental scientists may find themselves interpreting geologic maps, sampling soils, or designing inventory or monitoring projects. An understanding of the concepts and practices in each of these disciplines will prepare students to evaluate and use existing data, or to design new field-based investigations.

Prerequisites: EAS 101, MA 207 or permission of instructor.

ES 395 - Comm in Environmental Research

3.00 Cr
An analysis of selected environment-related writings and a discussion of selected environmental themes with presentations by students and faculty and invited lectures as available.

ES 400 - Environmental Omega

1.00 Cr
Environmental Omega is a senior capstone experience where students compile a final portfolio of the work they have completed over the course of their degree, reflect on internship/research and/or field experiences, and chart a path for the future. Meeting once a week, students will come together as a peer -working group as they prepare applications for graduate school or employment.

ES 401 - Environmental Impact Assessmnt

3.00 Cr
This class is designed to provide an analytical overview of the theory and practice of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which is used to identify potential environmental impacts of various activities and to propose means to avoid or reduce the significant impacts. The class will concentrate on understanding the role of NEPA in regards to environmental management, including the strengths and limitations. The class will utilize application exercises and expert guest speakers to present examples of current NEPA practices.

ES 485 - Indepndnt Stdy:

1.00 Cr
Independent study is open to junior and senior students only. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

ES 496 - ES Internship

1.00 Cr
A one-semester focus on an environmental issue explored through a working association with a federal or state agency, a private enterprise, a community group, or a non-profit organization. Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the internship coordinator at the Career Services Office.

ES 498 - Environmental Research

3.00 Cr
A senior year research paper or research project, in lieu of an honors thesis, focused on a specific environmental issue; the paper or project should provide evidence of scholarship in and integration of scientific, social scientific, and humanities analyses of or perspectives on the issue; presented to the department faculty and student peers.

ES 499 - Senior Thesis

1.00 Cr

Senior Thesis (Effective August 1, 2016)

The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic.

Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College.

The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project.

For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants.

The thesis is to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. If the thesis credits exceed the credit limit, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.