Fall 2017 Course Descriptions for Environmental Studies

ENV 120 The Biosphere with Lab
A survey of biological principles which include the structure and function of cells; plant and animal physiology and anatomy; development; genetics; diversity of forms; ecology; and evolution.

ENV 189 The Environmental Crisis in its Cultural Context
Weighs humanity's responsibility to nature, technocratic drift of society, and conflicts between material and environmental values. Traces development of a mechanistic worldview and re-emergence of an organic or holistic perspective.

ENV 220 Field Botany with Lab
Examines taxonomy, evolution, ecology, and the environmental significance of local flora through directed observation, identification, and experimental analysis. Students describe and identify plant specimens obtained in the field and interpret evolutionary and ecological relationships among plant groups. Mandatory field labs in Florida’s natural environment and climate.

ENV 250 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
A project-based course that examines the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the mapping of land, and how to use GIS to make well-informed decisions regarding land use.

ENV 300 Land Use Controls
Law defines both property rights and the limitations placed on property use. This course analyzes how our growth can best be managed to promote the public welfare, reduce social costs and protect property rights. Florida’s Growth Management Act and its application in Central Florida will provide a major focus for the class. Emerging techniques including new urbanism, sustainable communities, transit-oriented development, and fiscal impact analysis will also be introduced.

ENV 389 Environmental Planning
Provides an understanding of competing demands for urban growth and development and needs to conserve and protect limited natural resources. Concludes with environmental issues in Central Florida. Prerequisite: Junior/senior status. ENV 220, and 189 or 289.