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GUR Strands

“GUR Strands” consist of 2-3 existing GUR courses that can be linked in successive quarters so that freshmen take them as a cohort, building skills and knowledge build throughout the year. The purpose of the Strands is two-fold. First, Strands provide a recommended year-long schedule of three classes which enhance and deepen student achievement of the GUR competencies within Western’s liberal arts core curriculum. Second, Strands improve the freshmen experience through the coordination of curricula and the creation of a year-long cohort “learning community.” There are 4 strands for 2012-2013:

Strand #1 Understanding Human-Environment Interactions View Course Details

  • Fall: Environmental Studies 202
  • Fall: Seminar 101
  • Winter: Environmental Studies 203
  • Spring: Environmental Studies 204

This strand will provide a year-long and cohesive sequence that develops the foundations of an epistemologically and methodologically diverse understanding of human-environment interactions. To start, ENVS 202 will introduce students to both the range of challenges we face in achieving a sustainable human-environment and the nature of the interdisciplinary inquiry and action required for effective environmental problem solving. Next, ENVS 203 will develop students’ understanding of the Earth’s natural processes, particularly as they relate to human experience of the environment. Finally, building upon the content of the previous two courses, ENVS 204 will situate population distribution, diverse cultural identities, and the uneven development of political and economic systems within the context of changing human-environment interaction over time. Taken together, this sequence of courses will offer an excellent introduction to the study of human-environment interactions and should prove to be an attractive way for students to complete some of the general education requirements.

Strand #2 Biology Scholars View Course Details

  • Fall: Chemistry 121
  • Winter: Chemistry 122
  • Spring: Biology 204
  • Spring: Chemistry 123

Strand Options
Courses in Each Strand
  • Fall: Environmental Studies 202
  • Fall: Seminar 101
  • Winter: Environmental Studies 203
  • Spring: Environmental Studies 204
  • Fall: Chemistry 121
  • Winter: Chemistry 122
  • Spring: Biology 204
  • Spring: Chemistry 123

Page Updated 04.18.2012