Strand #1: Understanding Human-Environment Interactions

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 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 first-year experience through the coordination of curricula and the creation of a year-long cohort “learning community.”




Courses

Class
 Instructor 
 Days 
 Time 
 Credits 
 GUR 
 Quarter 
Environmental Studies 202
Grace Wang
TR
10:00-11:20AM
3
SSC 
Fall 
Environmental Studies 203
Aquila Flower
MWF, T
2:00 - 2:50, 3-4:50
4
LSCI 
Winter 
Environmental Studies 204
David Rossiter
TR
12:00 - 1:50
4
SSC 
Spring 
Seminar 101
Kelly Vogel
F
10:00-11:50
2
Elective 
Fall 

Total Credits:

13
   

Course Descriptions for Understanding Human-Environment Interactions

  • Environmental Studies 202, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, (Grace Wang) 3cr, SSC, CRN: 42521
    A basic overview of environmental issues in the United States and globally. An emphasis will be placed on environmental and human sustainability in a social science context.
  • Environmental Studies 203, Physical Geography, (Aquila Flower) 4cr, LSCI, CRN: 11348
    Principles and techniques in analysis of areal distribution in the natural environment; landforms, water, climate, soils, vegetation.
  • Environmental Studies 204, Human Geography, (David Rossiter) 4cr, SSC, CRN: 22722
    This course explores regional patterns of population and settlement across the globe and introduces students to concepts and techniques in the spatial analysis of economic, cultural, and political organizations.
  • Seminar 101, Perspectives On Learning, (Kelly Vogel) 2cr, Elective, CRN: 44060
    Make connections with professors and peers and examine perspectives across different fields of study. Learn to find and evaluate information and collaborate with peers through discussions, projects, and presentations. Explore academic goals, campus resources, and enhance skills for learning in college.

To see descriptions of other courses, see the University Catalog on which you may search for course information using the "binoculars" icon in the PDF viewer (Acrobat Reader).

Page Updated 04.18.2012