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Welcome to the John Muir Institute of Environmental Studies course offerings section.  For Environmental Studies degree program requirements click here.

The Foundations of Environmental Studies (ENVS-101)

In this course we explore the basics of Environmental studies, such as the food chain, food webs, interrelation and symbiosis, various types of human impact, biogeochemical cycles and their interrelation, and fossil fuels. We address each biome and the biodiversity therein. We introduce the concept of sustainable development and discuss possible means of insuring it. The issue of overpopulations and effective solutions is addressed. We also touch on alternative energy resources, as well as their practicalities and obstacles to their implementation. We study the history and possible futures of ecology and conservation as well, including those who have been most influential in promoting environmental awareness and reform.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Environmental Policy and Law (ENVS-202)

In this course we discuss, compare and contrast the regulations concerning the environment in America and other nations. We also explore the historical and social contexts of these policies and laws. Finally, we discuss avenues through which each of our students and each citizen of the world can pursue reform locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Environmental Disasters (ENVS-236)

This course covers a wide variety of both natural and manmade environmental disasters. It also provides a brief overview of both proactive and reactive responses to each of these disasters preparatory to Emergency Environmental Response.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Indigenous People and the Environment (ENVS 235) Here we explore the importance of indigenous people and their culture, as well as the causes and effects of their displacement.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

 

Introductory Forestry  (FOR 101) Introductory forestry addresses the basic elements of a forest ecosystem, several different types of forests, and their flora and fauna. It also deals with products forests provide, deforestation, its causes and effects, and how to preserve the forest.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Politics and the Environment (POL 302) This course addresses the political motives behind both the destruction and preservation of the environment. It provides examples of different political environmental conflicts in various nations and globally. Finally, it discusses the political process involved in environmental reform and the redress of environmental grievances.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

History and the Environment  (HIS 302) Here we delve into environmental issues closely related to historical events, and vice versa. We discuss the political, economic and social motives related to these events.

 

 

Introductory Park Management (PKM 101) Introductory Park Management addresses the history of parks as we know them, and how they have evolved over the centuries. It also deals with the different types of parks and purposes of each. It discusses the structure and missions of the National Park Service in America. Finally, it provides examples of important national parks both in America and abroad.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Introduction to Freshwater Ecosystems  (ENVS 138) Explores the basic ecology of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands preparatory to more specialized freshwater studies.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

The Fundamentals of Geology (GEO 101) Explores the basic construction of the earth, plate tectonics and simple geological formations. Also discusses theories on the earth’s formation and natural history. Explores rocks and minerals and their properties. Touches on mineral resources and their environmental impact.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Geology and the Ring of Fire (GEO 308) Explores the fascinating ring of volcanic islands around the Pacific Rim. Addresses their tectonic, mineral and environmental properties, as well as their interrelation with local populations.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

 

Environmental Geology (GEO 302) Discusses the impact of plate tectonics, seismic and volcanic activity on the various populations. Explores the impact of varying mineral concentrations on the environment, especially with regard to life-sustaining resources like air and water. Finally, explores in detail the effect of mineral resource industries on the environment.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Mineral Resources and the Environment (GEO 308) An in depth analysis of the mineral resources industries and their dire repercussions on the environment. Ongoing interactive discussions on potential solutions for each problem are held.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Rainforest Ecology (ECO 201) Deals with the interrelations in rainforest ecosystems and human impact thereupon. Explores solutions to issues and problems.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Reef Ecology (ECO 202) Addresses the components of coral reef ecosystems and threats to their preservation in depth. Explores solutions to the above.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

American Ecology  (ECO 203) Explores the vast biodiversity and range of ecosystems found in America. Addresses human impact both for good and for ill, as well as population management techniques within the respective ecosystems. Finally, explores solutions to American ecological problems.

 

Australian Ecology  (ECO 204) Explores the unique biodiversity and range of ecosystems found in Australia. Addresses human impact both for good and for ill, as well as population management techniques within the respective ecosystems. Finally, explores solutions to national ecological problems.

 

Indonesian Ecology  (ECO 205) Explores the unique biodiversity and range of ecosystems found in Indonesia. Addresses human impact both for good and for ill, as well as population management techniques within the respective ecosystems. Focuses heavily on the impact of corrupt politics on the national environment and dwindling resources and populations. Finally, explores solutions to national ecological problems.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course

 

Wetlands Ecology (ECO 306) Delves into the unique and fragile biodiversity of the wetlands, as well as threats and solutions for the conservation of these ecosystems.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

 

Riverine and Estuarine Ecology (ECO 307) Delves into the unique and fragile biodiversity of the wetlands, as well as threats and solutions for the conservation of these ecosystems.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Oceanography (OCE 101) Focuses on a broad study of the oceans. Includes salinity, geological and living components of the oceans, and human impact on ocean ecosystems.

 

 This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Marine Biology (BIO 206) A more detailed focus on the anatomy, interrelation, botanical and zoological properties of the living elements of marine ecosystems, as well as their interrelation with the non-living elements. Explores special symbioses and adaptations peculiar to marine species.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology  (CHEM 102) Discusses various aspects of chemicals on the environment and some simple environmental chemical formulae. Explores common chemical contaminants of air, water, soil and food, as well as food additives and preservatives. Discusses the various routes by which chemicals can enter the human body.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

General Cultural Resources Management (CTR 101) Discusses a wide variety of international cultural resources, as well as the need for and importance of preserving cultural resources. Lists some threats to the preservation of cultural resources worldwide and ways to counter those threats.

 

This course is available both online and as a field course 

 

All other cultural resources classes address the historical, religious and cultural resources of both migratory and indigenous peoples, as well as the importance of preserving each respective to their individual countries. Discusses national parks in the country in question set aside for the preservation of cultural resources, as well as privately owned and operated cultural resource preservation sites and foundations.

 

These courses is available both online and as field courses

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