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Spring 2022 Class Schedule

NOTE: This course schedule is subject to change based on instructional guidelines to comply with COVID restrictions. Courses may be added, cancelled, or moved quarters as deemed necessary.

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Course # Course Title Instructor Day/Time Lab
203 Humans and the Environment Beddows TTh 2:00-3:20 PM
390-0-04 Topics: Plant-Animal Interactions CaraDonna TTh 12:30-1:50 PM
390-0-07 Topics:  Urban Ecology Anderson TTh 11:00-12:20 PM F 2:00 - 4:50 + some field trips w/ hands-on labs


2021-2022 Course Descriptions 

203 – Humans and the Environment

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of how humans interact with the living and nonliving parts of their environment. In this course, we will examine current environmental challenges, such as the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable production of energy, and the implications of human population growth. A case study approach will be used to emphasize the processes of scientific inquiry and discovery.

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390-0-04 – Topics: Plant-Animal Interactions

Plant-Animal Interactions: This course will explore the diversity of interactions between plants and animals, including antagonistic interactions (e.g., herbigory), mutualistic interactions (e.g., pollination, seed dispersal and ant-plant associations), and interactions involving multiple species and across trophic levels.

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390-0-07 – Topics: Urban Ecology

Lecture: In this course, we will evaluate different aspects of the urban environment through the lens of a social-ecological system. Students will explore the principles of urbanization and examine how these changes influence hydrology, biogeochemistry, climate, and ecology. We will culminate with a unit on environmental justice and sustainability, discussing ways in which urban science helps solve the pressing challenges of today to improve life in the future. Lab: In this laboratory section, students will learn experimental design, field methods, and in urban ecology which they will use to conduct a research project in their community. Furthermore, students will participate in urban ecology field trips across Chicago that highlight themes of climate, hydrology, and environmental justice in local communities.

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