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Curriculum

ENVS-Specific Programs Offered and Cross-Listed Courses

Environmental Studies, being a multi-disciplinary program offers courses sponsored by other departments within the University, as well as those offered specifically by ENVS. The following is a list of courses that are either sponsored directly by ENVS or cross-listed. Additional courses can be viewed within the Track criteria that are approved within the major, but not cross-listed or offered specifically by ENVS. Note: Not all course son this list are approved for all tracks. Please refer to your track course listing to understand applicability.

EC 008: Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications
Spring Semester: Social Science Distribution

An introduction to the fundamentals of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. Covers the same concepts and tools as Economics 5 with a focus on environmental issues, examples and applications. Satisfies all major or minor requirements satisfied by EC 5. EC 5 and 8 may not both be taken for credit.

ENV 007 / BIO 007: Environmental Biology
Fall Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

An examination of major natural and created ecosystems and human influences on them. Biological bases for species distributions, human population size, and conservation. Ecological bases for sound land use and pollution abatement.

ENV 010 / BIO 010: Plant and Humanity
Spring Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

Principles of botany accenting economic aspects and multicultural implications of plants, their medicinal products, crop potential, and biodiversity. Emphasis placed on global aspects of this dynamic science, with selected topics on acid rain, deforestation, biotechnology, and other applications. Also covered are medicinal, poisonous, and psychoactive species, as well as nutritional sources from seaweeds and mushrooms to mangos and durians. Three lectures.

ENV 015 / ANTH 015: Native Peoples and Indigenous Rights in South America
Fall/Spring Semester: Social Sciences Distribution/World Civilizations Requirement/Hispanic or Native American Culture Option

Indigenous peoples of South America, Andean as well as lowland, with focus on issues of origin, adaptation, language, gender, mythology, art, shamanism, and religion. Attention also on deforestation, indigenous activism, and millennialism.

ENV 025 / ES 25: Environment and Technology
Fall Semester

The impact and interaction of technology and the environment will be evaluated using historical examples. Environmental problems and their solutions will be evaluated from an engineering viewpoint. This course is a core requirement of the Environmental Studies program.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1 or 16 and sophomore standing.

ENV 027 / ES 027: Public Health Engineering
Spring Semester

An introduction to public health engineering. Elements of waterborne disease control, hazardous materials management, occupational health and safety, and environmental interventions. Applications to environmental engineering and environmental engineering science.

ENV 030 / EC 030: Environmental Economics
Fall/Spring Semester: Social Sciences Distribution

An examination of the uses and limitations of economic analysis in dealing with many of the environmental concerns of our society. Public policies concerning the environment will be evaluated as to their ability to meet certain economic criteria. Prerequisite(s): EC 005

ENV 051 / BIO 051 Experiments in Ecology
Fall Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

An introduction to field research in different habitats. Emphasis on acquiring skills in taxonomic identification, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing and experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, as well as oral and written communication. Opportunity for student-designed group research projects on ecological questions. One laboratory session per week plus one discussion period.
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and BIO 14 or equivalent.

ENV 054 / CH 054 / CEE 054 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Fall/ Spring Semester

A single course which provides students an introduction to epidemiologic techniques and analyses, including such topics as incidence and prevalence, age adjustment, and other techniques appropriate for the handling of confounders, the measurement of risk through the odds ratio and relative risk, and the interpretation of epidemiologic results. The course will feature applications of epidemiologic techniques to topics appropriate for public and community health applications such as those found in infectious disease control, screening for personal risk factors, and the conducting of disease cluster evaluations.

ENV 82 / GER 82: Imagining the Environment: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Spring Semester

Compares and contrasts representations of the environment in German culture — commonly understood to be particularly "Green" — with other European and Non-European cultures. Focuses on how themes such as sustainability, the toxic discourse, wilderness, biodiversity, nationalism, post-colonial heritage, and the global risk society are negotiated in literature, film, and music. May be taken at the 100 level.
In English.

ENV 091 / BIO 001: Environmental Preservation and Improvement
Fall Semester

Seminar based on current readings from environmental journals that provide insight into environmental science for use by scientists, science media, business leaders, and political decision makers. Topic areas include biodiversity and wildlife, alternative energy, ocean protection, climate shift, urban ecology, sustainable agriculture, GIS and remote imagery.

ENV 094 / UEP 094: Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics
Spring Semester

Open only to undergraduates, course introduces students to the concepts and techniques central to environmental policy, including the important roles played by politics and planning. Serves as a foundation for further work in Environmental Studies or as a broad overview of the issues key in the field. Structured around four varied case studies involving simulated environmental conflicts, each culminating in a "policy forum" consisting of presentations by student teams who represent specific interests (e.g., environmental advocates, legislators, agencies and corporations). Course also features guest presentations by other faculty from the graduate Department of Urban and Environmental policy and Planning.

ENV 095-01: Special Topics in Environmental Studies (Lunch & Learn Program)
Fall/Spring Semesters: Natural Sciences

This course introduces students to a variety of environmental topics, highlighting the diversity of the field of study. Speakers from the Tufts community, alumni working in the public and private sectors, and experts from the for- and non-profit sectors will present their specific environmental interest and/or discuss their career. Students in the class attend the weekly meetings (Thursday from 12:00 to 1:15 pm) and write weekly responses. Examples of topics include mapping urban growth from space, modern sustainable agriculture and engineering, invasive species, climate and conservation biology, and wildlife medicine. This course does not count toward the major. 1/2 credit Pass/Fail.

ENV 099 Environmental Internship
Fall/Spring Semester: Permission of ENVS Advisor

A period of service with an organization, either public or private, concerned with environmental engineering, research, protection, modification, legislation, or education. Required of all majors in the program, internship proposals must first be approved by Program administrator. Many academic semester and summer internships are available. Adviser-approved participation in field courses and fieldwork, both at Tufts and elsewhere, may be substituted for this requirement. No credit.

ENV 105 Flowers of the Alps
First summer session, offered only at the Talloires campus (France)

The Talloires region is home to hundreds of floral species that shape human culture as sources of food, medicine, environmental indicators, and inspiration in art and architecture. Through direct personal experiences with plants in their native habitat, this course enables us to answer "What plant is that?" We cover the bases of plant identification, drawing on plant life history and flower architecture to key out local species and recognize major plant families by sight. Traveling to world-class wildflower displays in the Talloires uplands, we get first-hand experience with alpine flora, ecology, climate change, and the basis of scientific evidence. Students become adept at spotting important plant families, recognizing plant uses throughout the world.

ENV 107 / GIS 101: Special Topics-Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Fall/Spring Semester

Broad foundation of GIS theory, capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis. Laboratory exercises concentrate on applying concepts presented in the lectures using Idrisi and ArcGIS.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor

ENV 0110/HIST-0170-40 Environmental Humanities
Fall Semester (Odd years)

Place-based knowledge, land ethics, indigenous knowledge and traditional ecological knowledge to social change, justice, narrative conventions and connections with science and technology including contributions from indigenous and local communities. Primary source analysis will include literature, historical texts, and visual works.

ENV 112 / CEE 112 Hydrology/Water Resource
Fall Semester

An introduction to the science of hydrology and to the design of water resource systems. Basic hydrologic processes such as precipitation, infiltration, groundwater flow, evaporation, and streamflow are discussed. Applications of hydrology to water supply, flood control and watershed modeling are emphasized. Students develop their own hydrologic models using computer software.
Prerequisite(s): CEE 12

ENV 113 / CEE 113 / EOS 131
Fall Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

The geology and hydrology of groundwater. Topics include: hydraulic properties of soils, sediments, and rocks; physics of groundwater flow; flow nets, modeling groundwater systems; geology of regional flow; aquifer exploration and water well construction methods; well hydraulics and aquifer testing; applications in the geosciences and in civil /geotechnical/environmental engineering.
Prerequisite(s): EOS 1 or EOS 2 (formerly GEO 1 or GEO 2), and MATH 32 (formerly MATH 11).

ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community
Spring semester

Exploration of environmental fieldwork—how to gather, analyze and communicate data—in the natural and social sciences. Coverage includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Work with community clients to ask questions based on environmental concerns. Collect and interpret relevant data and report findings to stakeholders. Fieldwork will range from forests and urban areas to archival sources, maps, databases, surveys, and interviews. One laboratory session per week plus one discussion period. No pre-requisites.

ENV 130 / BIO 130: Animal Behavior
Spring Semester/ Natural Sciences Distribution

An examination of ethological theory: the development of behavior, orientation, migration, communication, and social behavior. Particular emphasis will be placed on the functioning of animal societies.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 13 and 14, or equivalent.

ENV 135 / Environmental Policy
Fall Semester

Overview of environmental policy focusing initially on the United States experience, then linking to global environmental policy-making. Introduction to the ways in which environmental policies are made in the United States and abroad including major actors, key decisions, and future challenges.

ENV 143 / BIO 143 Evolutionary Biology
Fall Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

Examines hypotheses for patterns of biological diversity and for the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the genetic and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, the theory of evolution by natural selection, concepts of fitness and adaptation, rates and long-term trends in evolution, extinction, bio-geographical patterns, determinants of conflict and cooperation, the evolution of sex and life history, modes of speciation, and co-evolutionary dynamics. The laboratory will familiarize students with evolutionary genetics methods. Topics include genotype-phenotype relationships, DNA sequence assembly and alignment, gene and gene pathway function, estimation of population demography and phylogenetic relationships, and hypothesis testing. (Group C.) 1.5 credits, max enrollment 36.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 13 and 14, or equivalent.

ENV 150: Environment, Communication and Cultures
Spring Semester

This new course will explore the intersection of environmental issues, communication and cultures. We will examine where our beliefs about environmental issues come from, how both news and entertainment media cover environmental challenges, and why good coverage of critical issues is so difficult. In addition, we will explore green marketing, the relationship among politics, environmental issues and media, and discuss how media can be used by individuals and advocacy groups to effect social change. This course serves as the required core course for the Environmental Communication track, is an elective for other ENVS majors and can count as a social science elective for one of the CMS minors.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and approval of adviser

ENV 151: Environmental Action: Shifting from Saying to Doing
Fall semester

This is a hands-on, experiential class where students will explore the human behavior-environment nexus and practice acting as a change agent on campus. Students will develop, deploy and evaluate campaigns designed to reduce energy use among building occupants at select on-campus locations. Topics covered include: human behavior, community based social marketing, energy, climate change, sustainability efforts at Tufts, culture change, survey techniques, effective communication, program evaluation and the social dimension of sustainability.
Prerequisite: ENV91 or Bio7 or permission of instructor

ENV 152: Seminar in Environmental Negotiations
Fall Semester
This course will look at environmental negotiations and communication at local, regional, national and international levels. Theory from political science will provide a firm grounding in environmental policy frameworks and negotiation. Discourse theory will also be an important theme in this course. Class meetings will include stakeholder exercises, negotiation simulations, and traditional seminar discussions and activities.

ENV 160 / ENG 160 / PJS 160: Environmental Justice and World Literature
Spring Semester: Humanities Distribution

An examination of contemporary world literature in relation to environmental justice concerns. Works by Helena María Viramontes, Gloria Naylor, Karen Tei Yamashita, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jamaica Kincaid, Amitava Ghosh, with particular attention to issues of environmental racism, ecofeminism, environmental imperialism, and urban ecologies. Emphasis on the role of literature and the arts in social change, including practical strategies for activism.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 1, 2 required or fulfillment of college writing requirement. Recommended that the student already have taken either ENG 020, 021, 022, or 023.

ENV 164 / BIO 164: Marine Biology
Spring Semester: Natural Sciences Distribution

An intermediate-level introduction to the biology of marine organisms. Following a detailed survey of major marine animal and plant groups, the course will consider aspects of biology that are particularly relevant to marine organisms: adaptation to salinity and temperature fluctuation, bioluminescence and its ecological significance, locomotory mechanics, food-chain dynamics, dispersal and substrate selection, and control of species diversity.

ENV 167: Environmental Toxicology
Fall Semester

This course is designed to present the basic scientific principles of toxicology and the relations of toxicology to health-based risk assessment and hazardous materials management. The toxic effects of hazardous substances on specific organ systems are described, as well as the mechanisms of action of some frequently encountered environmental contaminants. Specialized topics related to the field of toxicology are also discussed, including animal to human extrapolation of data, mutagenicity/carcinogenicity, and teratogenesis.

ENV 186: Costal Communities and Marine Resource Management
Spring Semester

Introduction to marine resources management with a focus on the cultural and social ties of coastal communities to those resources. Focused on fisheries management, mmarine protected areas, offshore drilling, climate change adaptation, and other topics of contemporary relevance. In addition to seminar discussions, students will be expected to complete a significant research project on a coastal community of interest. Opportunities for field research in local communities may be available.

ENV 190 Practicing in the Food Systems
Spring Semester

(Cross-listed w/ANTH159) Project-based course designed to integrate academic learning with application in a range of food systems settings. Focused observation exercise culminating in a jointly produced useable report for a community partner. Emphasis will be on balance between process and product. Readings, discussion, and field research will be split between the specific content focus of the group project and general issues arising from planning and carrying out interdisciplinary team projects; developing productive relationships with communities, clients, and stakeholders; addressing ethical concerns in collaborative and public research. Preference will be given to students who have declared the Food Systems and Nutrition minor or the Food Systems, Nutrition and Environment major.

ENV 193-02 / UEP 232: Special Topics-Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS): GIS for Urban Analysis
Fall Semester

Broad foundation of GIS theory, capabilities, technology, and applications. Topics include GIS data structure and management, geodesy and map projections, and various techniques for raster and vector spatial data analysis. Laboratory exercises concentrate on applying concepts presented in the lectures using Idrisi and ArcGIS.

ENVS 195-01 / TCS 094-04 / FMS 094-04 Media and Environment: Creating Change
Fall Semester

Now, more than ever, the environment needs engaged informed and skilled advocates. This class will explore current issues ranging from the Dakota Pipeline, to deforestation, to pollution of the oceans. to climate change, and give you ways to sharpen your skills to use the media for getting out effective and targeted messages. We'll be bringing in a diverse group of important environmental advocates, organizers, filmmakers and journalists as guest speakers who will tell their stories of creating environmental awareness and change. Our focus includes the powerful role media can play in giving voice to underrepresented voices and illuminating issues of environmental justice. Learn to make a difference in local, national and global communities on the environmental issues that are most pressing.

ENV 195-1 / ANTH 149-39: Environment, History, & Justice
Ninian Stein
Have you ever wondered about the layout of streets in Boston? Are you aware of higher rates of asthma in Roxbury, Dorchester, or Chelsea and how those higher rates relate to transportation for the rest of the Boston area? Seen an abandoned mill beside a river or highway? Encountered a cellar-hole, stonewalls or railroad tracks in a forest? A walk can raise many questions about the past, present and perhaps future interactions between peoples and environments. To begin addressing these questions, in this class we will study the interactions between environment, history and justice in this area over the last 10,000 years.

ENV 195-02: Sustainability in Action
Tina Woolston
The need to create a world that is sustainable not only for people but for the environment is undeniable and the need for expertise from a wide variety of field is increasingly obvious. The world will need climate scientists, psychologists, engineers, planners, entrepreneurs and people with many other skills and areas of expertise. Which one will you be? Each week we will learn how a field of study relates to sustainability and how it can be applied to create a more sustainable society. You will leave the course with an understanding of the true breadth of sustainability and the enormous amount of career opportunities available, whether you prefer analyzing data, working with people or digging in the soil.

ENV 196-R / UEP 294-05: Special Topics: Introduction to Remote Sensing
Spring Semester

This course introduces students to the use of satellite imagery and other remotely sensed data for urban and environmental analysis. The course will emphasize practical applications of remote sensing for understanding human-environment dynamics. Students will get a thorough overview of remote sensing data sources and understand which sources are appropriate for which applications. Lectures and labs will cover the workflow of processing sensing data for environmental analysis, starting with data acquisition and moving on to image geo-referencing, image enhancement and filtering, image classification and basic image analysis.

ENV 196-1 & ENV 196-RA Research, Analysis and Communication
Spring semester

Starting with contemporary environmental challenges, in this course we will explore how to gather, analyze and communicate data drawing on methods and techniques from the natural and social sciences. We will collect data from a range of contexts including fieldwork, databases, archival sources, maps, surveys, and interviews. One laboratory session per week plus one discussion period. During the laboratory block, students will use a variety of methods to gather and analyze different types of environmental data (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, spatial).

Suggested (not mandatory) background: one semester of statistics.

ENV 197 / GIS 102: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Spring Semester

Design and use of spatial information systems to support analytical modeling in research and practice. Topics include the structure and integration of large data sets, relational database management, development of spatial data, integration of data into models and geo-processing techniques, and basic scripting to support geospatial modeling.

ENV 199: Senior Honors Thesis in Environmental Studies
Fall/ Spring Semester

The Thesis Honors Program involves independent study on ENVS track-related topics that leads to a senior thesis and a qualifying oral examination. The program aims to develop individual initiative and habits of critical analysis. Students must demonstrate they can develop and complete a project of substantial magnitude. Completing such an in-depth study is a personally rewarding and educationally valuable capstone to the major, offering students the opportunity to explore an environmental studies topic in depth and assess their interest in an academic career. For additional information on a Senior Honors Thesis at Tufts University, click here.

ENV 200 / CEE 200 / UEP 200: Land Use Planning
Fall Semester

Covers the workings of American urban governments. Examines the extent to which cities are empowered to control their futures and analyzes the techniques used to plan and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of urban residents.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

ENV 201 / CEE 201 and EUP 201: Land Use Planning II
Spring Semester

An overview of land use planning methods, growth dynamics, and land development controls. Comparison of different approaches to land use planning and decision making. Impact of recent environmental legislation on land use. Techniques of mapping, site analysis, subdivision regulation, development controls, and fiscal incentives.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

ENV 207 / UEP 107 / CEE 207 Environmental Law
Fall Semester

Role of the courts in shaping environmental policy and ways that the regulatory system connects policy objectives to legal directives. Role of science and economics in environmental law. Provides students with a solid introduction to the American legal system and the basic structure of many of the major environmental statutes. Students work with the Mystic River Watershed Association on high-priority issues that blend law and policy.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

ENV 265 / UEP 265 / CEE 265: Corporate Management of Environmental Issues
Fall Semester

Explores companies' responses to pressure from stockholders, regulatory agencies, community and nongovernmental organizations to exercise greater responsibility toward the environment. Topics include strategy, staffing and organization, decision-making, codes of conduct, resources, program development, product responsibility, pollution prevention, trade associations, and foreign operations.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

ENV 278 / UEP 278 Environmental Justice, Security, and Sustainability
Fall Semester

Examines the concept of social and environmental justice; the history and development of the U.S. environmental justice movement; racism, resource colonization, and the destruction of indigenous and First People's cultures; the shape of environmental justice in different parts of the world; the specter of environmental insecurity; and the role of a ‘just sustainability' in shaping new sustainability discourses, ethics, policies, and plans for the twenty-first century.
Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

EOS 002: Environmental Geology w/Lab
Spring Semester: ENVS Core/Natural Sciences Distribution

Geologic processes at the earth's surface. Groundwater, the development of erosional and depositional landforms, glaciation and climate, and sea level change. Modern geologic environments as analogs for past environments and climate. Geologic processes and humans. Field trips illustrating glacial and coastal environments. Three lectures, one field trip or laboratory.

PS 194: U.S. Environmental Policy
Fall Semester: Social Science Distribution

Examines the recent history and contemporary political debates surrounding governmental decisions affecting the environment. Environmental policy making in the general context of U.S. policy-making processes and institutions, emphasizing the roles of federal, state, and local actors, including the president, executive and regulatory agencies (especially the Environmental Protection Agency), the legislature, and the courts, as well as their state and local counterparts, in defining environmental policy. Addresses such issues as policies toward air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste management, environmental justice, sustainability, and public opinion toward the environment.