Environmental Studies Courses Summer 2005


Master’s Programs
Doctoral Program (Ph.D)


Master’s Programs


ESF 525
Alpine Flora

Competency Areas FL04: Natural Communities elective
First priority to ES students; second priority to Science Education students.

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class.

This course focuses on the flora of the alpine zone, specifically that of the Presidential Range of New Hampshire. Students will explore plant adaptations along two environmental gradients above timberline, and learn to recognize eight different alpine plant communities. Species distribution and dominance will be assessed through plot work; the effect of anthropogenic disturbance will be reviewed as well. Two pre-trip classes will introduce us to the concepts studied on the slopes of Mt. Adams and Mt. Madison. Total cost to participants is $150.00 (includes camping, food & miscellaneous expenses).

Note: This trip involves a fairly strenuous backpack up to our cabin at tree line. Students should be in good physical shape.

Section A: Dick Fortin
Time: Pre-trip meetings,
Thursdays, June 16 and July 7, 6:30 – 9:00 pm and
Sunday – Friday, July 17 – 22 (Study Trip)
Maximum: 8

Credits: 2


ESF 557
Aquatic Invertebrates

Competency Areas FL04: Natural Communities elective

This course will examine the ecological roles and relationships of freshwater invertebrates of streams, rivers, ponds and wetlands (including vernal pools). Emphasis will be placed on studying the sampling, identification, behavior and diversity of freshwater macroinvertebrates in the variety of aquatic ecosystems of New England. This course introduces students to invertebrate taxonomy and identification with practical experience – skills highly applicable to biomonitoring and natural history education, as well as fly-fishing! Both field and lab work will be part of each class session.

Section A: Maria Aliberti
Time: Fridays, June 10 – July 15,

1:30 – 5:45 pm

Maximum: 16

(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)

Credits: 2


ESAM 511

Beginning a Consulting Practice:

Strategies and Skills
Course Cancelled (04/29/05)
Competency Areas: CB, EAO, EE, Cert, IND, and RMA – Elective

Note: Deadline for adding this class is June 1, due to online component.

Participants will explore the process of entering the world of consulting practice and clarify their areas of professional and personal expertise and knowledge bases as potential or beginning consultants. There will be a brief overview, outlining the various aspects of beginning and maintaining a full or part-time practice, as well as an overview of various consulting models. The main course emphasis will then be given to the art and process of consulting including clarifying and/or establishing specific domains of interest and expertise, developing interpersonal skills, action-reflection models, the contracting process, models of data gathering and the delivery of recommendations. Case scenarios and role-play will be used in addition to lecture presentations. There will be two online components to the course: one before the first face to face (FTF) meeting and one between the second and third FTF meetings.

Section A: Bill Griffith
Time: Fridays, June 10 & 17, 6:30 – 9:30 pm and

Saturdays, June 11 & 18, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 14 (1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Minimum number of Students Required to run course: 8
Credits: 2


ESS 564

Biological Concepts
Competency Areas: Cert – Required; CB, EAO, EE, IND & RMA – Elective
Required of and Priority to ES Teacher Certification students.
Prerequisite: Introductory Biology

This course is designed for students who have already taken introductory biology as undergraduates. It is meant to review in greater depth basic concepts of molecular and cellular biology and will be particularly useful for students seeking certification in biology. Topics to be covered include: biochemistry, cellular structure, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis and meiosis, classical genetics, molecular genetics, protein synthesis and genic control.

Section A: Eric Rhomberg
Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 14,

1:30 – 5:45 pm

Maximum: 14
Credits: 2


ESP 557
Community Planning Techniques

Competency Areas: CB, EE, EAO, Cert, IND – Elective; RMA – (ESP) Policy Elective

This course explores the practice of planning from a community perspective. With an emphasis on building sustainable communities, techniques for community visioning, goal setting, master planning, and using regulations to guide development will be examined in detail. Students will explore characteristics of community sustainability and approaches for creating more livable community environments. A variety of readings, case studies and class exercises will be assigned as well as project presentations.

Section A: Pete Throop

Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 21, 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Maximum: 16

(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESF 556

Ecology and Adaptation of Small Mammals
Competency Areas: Natural Communities elective

This course will discuss identification, natural history, behavior, physiology, and ecology of small mammals. Adaptations enhancing survivorship of non-hibernating small mammals in northern environments will be emphasized. Students will employ live-trapping-mark-recapture methods, fluorescent pigment tracing and radio-telemetry to monitor activity and habitat selection of small mammals residing in southern New Hampshire. A field research project will be conducted by each student.

Section A: Joseph Merritt
Time: Monday – Wednesday, June 6 – 8,
8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and
Tuesday evening, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Harris Center
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESE 541
Environmental Education Methods:
Developing Sense of Place

Competency Areas: EE – Methods Required Alternate; CB, EAO, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to ES Environmental Education students.

“Place-based education” and “sense of place” are catch phrases in, and the foundation for, much current environmental education. What do these phrases mean? Is sense of place nurtured and learned or is it intrinsic, somehow derived from innate potential, a fundamental part of what it means to be human? How can we, as environmental educators, help our students develop sense of place, and what relationships may there be between placed-based education, sense of place, and community? Given that the average person in the U.S. will move at least twelve times in his/her life (U.S. Census Bureau), how can we help children (and adults) develop sense of place which may be sustained and revitalized throughout their lives? How do we do this in the face of 21st century globalization and homogenization of cultures? We will consider these questions as we explore the value and challenges of place-based education, using Keene and its environs as our place of study. You will be asked to reflect on your own sense of place in coming to terms with what is possible in formal and informal educational settings with regard to helping students develop sense of place. The culmination of your work will be the creation of curriculum that integrates course concepts with your personal goals as an environmental educator. Three or four classes in this course will be at places other than Antioch, each less than a half-hour walk or drive from AUNE.

Section A: Sue Gentile
Time: Fridays, June 10 – July 15,
8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESE 523A
Environmental Education Methods:
Teaching in the Outdoors

Competency Areas: EE – Methods Required Alternate; CB, EAO, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to ES Environmental Education students.

A large majority of environmental education takes place outside the school arena. A traditional setting for environmental education includes outdoor, adventure, and wilderness education. This course will provide opportunities to learn and practice techniques for teaching in a variety of outdoor contexts. Special emphasis will be placed on combining adventure education and environmental education in the design of integrated experiences.

Section A: Brad Daniel
Time: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday,
July 9, 10, 12 & 13, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
** Monday, July 11 only, the class will meet from
5:00 -10:30 pm for an organized night hike.
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESE 542
Environmental Education Methods:
Radical Simplicity

Competency Areas: EE – Methods Required Alternate; CB, EAO, Cert, IND & RMA- Elective
Priority to ES Environmental Education students.

This five-day field course will take place at Barra – a homestead in East Corinth, Vermont, where “chop wood, carry water” is more than a metaphor. We will do those things, and more — plan and plant a permaculture garden bed, footprint your five-day stay, discuss ethical money management, help prepare meals on a wood cook-stove, taste wild edible and medicinal plants, practice systems design tools to evaluate choices and brainstorm lifestyle shifts that yield drastic reductions in impact. From this context, we will explore possible field and outdoor education methods that put the shovel in the hands of the learner.
This course will explore both individual and collective approaches to a measurable sustainability in the context of a diverse, living planet. As an environmental educator, cultural creative or agent of change, personal sustainable practices provide the first-hand experience necessary to have confidence that radical shifts in lifestyle are possible. These experiences will take sustainability out of the abstract and into a real life scenario. We will also explore tools presented in Jim Merkel’s book RADICAL simplicity. Overnight accommodations: tenting and some open-air cabins. Fee- $50.00 to cover food.

Section A: Jim Merkel and Rowan Sherwood
Times: Saturday – Wednesday, June 11 – 15,
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 16 (1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESF 547
Field Entomology:
Butterflies and Other Insects
(formerly Introduction to Entomology: New England Butterflies)
Competency Areas: Natural Communities

An introduction to common insects, especially those in New England. The first class has students participating in an annual butterfly census in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Taxonomy of major insect orders, identification of New England butterflies, behavior of selected species, ecological roles, and coevolution with other organisms are emphasized during the sessions.

Section A; Tom Tyning
Time: Sunday, July 17 Lenox, MA 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and
Monday – Thursday, July 18 – 21, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Lenox, MA at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, AUNE
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESS 558
Forest Ecosystem Analysis

Competency Areas: CB – Required Alternate; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to Conservation Biology majors.
Prerequisites: Community Ecology of the NE Landscape or permission of instructor.

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class.

The objectives of this course are for students to become familiar with the methodology, benefits, and challenges of conducting ecosystem-level studies. On Mt. Moosilauke and at Hubbard Brook in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, students will become familiar with the ecology of spruce-fir and northern hardwood forests through experiential learning comprised of field observations, field research and data analysis. Students will focus on field and analytical methods used to quantify species composition, structure, history, and the nutrient status of forested ecosystems. Techniques will include plot sampling, dendrochronology, and the development of nutrient budgets. Course fee: $160 for food and lodging. Course involves moderately strenuous mountain day hiking and bunk house living.

Section A: Peter Palmiotto
Time: Pre-trip meeting, Thursday, June 9, 23
6:00 – 9:00 pm and
Saturday – Wednesday, June 25 – 29,
8:00 am – 10:00 pm (Study Trip)
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESS 538
Freshwater Ecology

Competency Areas: RMA – Addtl ESS Required Alternate; CB, EAO, EE, Cert & IND – Elective

This course will examine the environmental requirements and ecological relationships of freshwater organisms, including algae, zooplankton, macrophytes, macro-invertebrates and fish. Emphasis will be placed on studying the composition and conditions of freshwater habitats and the biological communities they support. The course focuses on streams in even years (2002, etc.) and lakes in odd years (2003, etc.).

Section A: Paul Kotila
Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 14,
1:30 – 5:45 pm
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science ED student)
Credits: 2


ESP 586
Groundwater Protection Policy

Competency Areas: RMA – Required Alternate; CB, EAO, EE, Cert, IND – Elective
Prerequisite: Hydrology
Priority to RMA students.
Note: Deadline for adding this class is June 3.

Ground water is a vital economic resource throughout the United States. It is particularly important for drinking water supply in many homes and communities in New England. There are many different national, state, and local land use policies to protect groundwater integrity. Correct water well design and construction codes are also important for ground water protection. This course includes an overview of groundwater occurrence, groundwater quality issues and contamination threats to aquifers and water wells. Comparisons will be made of the development of groundwater protection policies and awareness programs in various New England towns and communities. The course will involve field trips in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to demonstrate protection strategies, and will include class sessions in Concord (NH) with consultants and state agency experts.

Section A: Steve Lamb
Time: Fridays, June 10, 17 & 24,
8:30 – 11:30 am, and
Saturdays, June 25 & July 9, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Antioch and field trips in NH and MA
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESX 601
Group Dynamics & Leadership I

Competency Areas: RMA – Required Alternate; CB, EAO, EE, Cert & IND – Elective

Note: Deadline for adding this class is June 10.

This course will focus on group development, group dynamics, and leadership. The course introduces students to elements of group dynamics and to a model that matches leadership styles to stages of group development. Students work in teams during the course and use course concepts to analyze their experience. Skills emphasized are group leadership and membership skills, group observation and feedback, conflict management, and managing diversity in groups. Students are expected to read The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams by Blanchard, Carew and Parisi-Carew before the first class meeting. Special emphasis will be placed on case studies in the environmental field.

Section A: Steve Guerriero
Time: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, June 20 – 22,
8:30 am – 5:45 pm
Maximum: 18
(4 seats reserved for O&SM students,
1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ESP 599
Land Protection and Stewardship

Competency Areas: RMA – Addt’l ESP Required Alternate; CB, EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective

This course is designed to provide students with an exposure to all aspects of land protection transactions. Emphasis will be placed on providing a context for land protection, developing an understanding of the tools of the trade, tax benefits to the landowner, site assessment, developing and completing the real estate transaction, and stewardship of protected lands.

Section A: Pete Throop
Time: Fridays June 17 and July 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm and
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, and Saturday, July 16
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Changed (04/29/05):
Time: Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
and Friday, July 15, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; and Saturday, July 16, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESF 542
Marine Ornithology

Competency Areas: Natural Communities elective

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class.

Spectacular colonies of nesting seabirds and large flocks of migrating shorebirds are some of the more fascinating aspects of New England’s avifauna. In their courtship and nesting behaviors, their abilities to find food in seemingly featureless landscapes, and their immense migratory journeys, marine birds exhibit incredible adaptations to a unique environment. During this 5-day field study trip we’ll go on a whale-watching trip to Stellwagen Bank, visit a colony of nesting terns, look for migrating shorebirds, and learn to see at the world through the eyes of a marine bird. The exact field trip itinerary – including the possibility of driving to central Maine to view nesting Atlantic Puffins – will be finalized at the first pre-trip meeting. Cost: Approximately $250 + food (includes boat trips, campground fees, car rental, gas costs). This figure may vary slightly depending on the class decision as to actual field trip itinerary.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Time: TBA pre-trip meetings and
Wednesday – Sunday, June 1-5 (Study Trip)
Maximum: 10
Credits: 2


ES 699C
Master’s Thesis

Required for all CB students; optional for EAO, IND, & RMA students.
Prerequisite: Master’s Thesis Seminar and written permission from the thesis advisor attached to or on registration form.
It is recommended that students register for Master’s Thesis in their 5th semester.

As a culmination of a student’s work at Antioch, the Master’s Thesis should reflect the student’s particular focus of study and future professional interest. This effort will include a central research component associated with it. The research can be quantitative, qualitative or literary in nature. All Environmental Studies students are required to have approval from their advisor prior to entering the Master’s Thesis process.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Section B: Peter Palmiotto
Section C: Rachel Thiet
Section D: Jim Jordan
Section E: Beth Kaplin
Section F: Meade Cadot
Maximum: 5 per section
Credits: 3


ES 699D
Master’s Thesis Continuation

Required for all students continuing a Master’s Thesis for which they have previously registered.

Students must register for Master’s Thesis Continuation every semester until the thesis has been completed and signed off by your Master’s Thesis reader. Enrollment in Master’s Thesis continuation confers half-time status for Financial Aid and loan deferment purposes through July 24.

Section A: ES Faculty
Maximum: 20
Credits: uncredited


ESS 562
Natural Resource Inventory: Wildlife

Competency Areas: CB – Required Alternate to NRI Vegetation; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Priority to Conservation Biology students.

What are the techniques we use to assess wildlife distribution and abundance? What are the components of a well-rounded natural resource inventory? This newly designed NRI course will focus on describing and mapping habitat types, as well as provide an overview of major techniques used in conducting surveys for birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and arthropods. The course will review the basics of developing investigation plans, discuss use of GPS and compass, and provide examples of aerial photo interpretation. The course format will combine afternoon lectures followed by morning field work, as well as individual student work outside of formal class meetings.

Section A: Jon Atwood
Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 14,
1:30 – 4:30 pm and
Fridays, June 10 – July 15, 8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 3


ESF 527
Non-Flowering Plants

Class Cancelled 05/19/05
Competency Areas: Natural Communities

Turn back the evolutionary clock and mingle with some of the oldest plant groups on the planet. We will introduce many of the non-flowering plant natives that inhabit our New England landscape including ferns, clubmosses, horsetails, and lichens. Through in-the-field exploration and use of plant keys, a strong emphasis will be placed on the development of identification skills. Additional focus will include an ecological and evolutionary overview of the plant groups studied. During our first class, we will attempt to make plans for a non-compulsory day-long field trip to take place outside of the Keene area. Course verification will include a student collection of assorted representative species.

Section A: Wink Lees
Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 14,
8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 18
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


ES 693
Practicum, General

Competency Area: CB, EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Required
A total of 8 Practicum credits are REQUIRED for all Conservation Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Advocacy, Individualized and RMA majors. A total of 2 General Practicum credits are REQUIRED for Certification majors. It is strongly RECOMMENDED that students not register for Practicum until after completing their second semester in the program.

The Practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply, in an organizational setting, what they are learning and to develop professional contacts within their fields of interest. While students are responsible for locating practica, faculty is available to provide support and information as needed. All students are required to attend a scheduled PRACTICUM ORIENTATION during their first semester.

Note: Seminars are not required for the summer session; however, one seminar is highly recommended for students for whom this is the first practicum, either on Thursday, June 9 or Friday, June 10. The seminars will be held 12:30 to 1:15, and will take the place of one of the interim reports required in the summer.

Section A: Katherine Delanoy
Section B: Jack Calhoun
Section C: Duncan Watson
Section D: Steve Chase
Section E: TBA
Changed 04/29/05:
Section E: Christa Koehler

Section F: TBA
Changed 04/29/05:
Section F: Melissa Diven
Maximum: 15 per section
Credits: variable


ES 690U
SIS: Special Project

Competency areas: RMA & IND – Required for students not doing a Masters Thesis; EAO, EE & Cert – Optional, Elective

The Special Project will be conducted as a supervised independent study. As a culmination of a student’s work at Antioch, the Special Project is comparable to a master’s thesis in scope, but differs in that it is not focused on research design. The Special Project follows standardized approaches used in a student’s chosen field such as a solid waste plan, a curriculum development plan, or a marketing plan. The Special Project’s content and format must be approved by both the student’s advisor and program chair, but may be supervised by a qualified person external to the department.

Note: RMA Students are required to complete either a Special Project or a Master’s Thesis.
Please register for this SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by July 10, 2005 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the July 10th deadline will be returned and registration required in the subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, thus affecting your enrollment status and perhaps your financial aid eligibility.

Section A: Michael Simpson
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ES 690

SIS: Supervised Individual Study

If you are planning an independent study, please register for an SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by July 10, 2005 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the July 10th deadline will be returned and registration required in the subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, thus affecting your enrollment status and perhaps your financial aid eligibility.

Credits: variable


ESS 546
Soils: Mapping and Interpretation

Competency Areas: RMA – Required Alternate; CB, EAO, EE, Cert & IND – Elective
Priority to RMA students.

This course focuses on soil-landscape relationships and the applications of soil science to land use and management issues. We will cover soil formation processes, soil taxonomy, and soil classifications of the U.S.D.A., emphasizing mapping conventions and the evolution of soils at parcel to landscape scales. State and federal standards developed for assessing soils will be reviewed in the context of different land uses.

Section A: Jim Jordan
Times: Saturday – Tuesday, June 11 – 14,
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Maximum: 14
Credits: 2


ESF 541A
Wetlands Ecology

Competency Areas: Natural Communities Elective

Human impacts on wetlands continue to reduce the global area of these precious aquatic ecosystems at an alarming rate. What makes a wetland valuable? What ecological functions do wetlands perform for human and non-human communities? How do we assess wetland functioning from an ecological standpoint? In this course, we will explore the ecological relationships among various components of wetland systems, including vascular plants, the physical and biological properties of hydric soils, and wildlife. Particular emphasis will be on plant and soil relationships, and we will ground our exploration in the relationship between wetland ecosystem structure, biogeochemical cycling, and ecosystem function. Course time will combine lectures, discussions, and field trips. Hip waders are a must!

Section A: Rachel K. Thiet
Time: Thursdays, June 9 – July 14,
8:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: 2


ESF 521
Wetlands Flora

Competency Areas: Natural Communities

This course instructs the student in the identification of plants that serve as wetland indicators – the hydrophytes. Lab and field sessions will utilize local wetlands to learn the classification of wetland types in our area. Dominant indicators of common wetland plant types will be discussed among the approximate 200 species of common woody and non-woody plants that will be covered. Wetlands delineation methodologies will be discussed and practiced in the field utilizing these plants as one of the three standard indicators of a wetland. Students will be required to prepare a plant collection and demonstrate proficiency in field identification of wetlands flora. Boots are essential!

Section A: Lenny Lord
Time: Fridays, June 10 – July 15, 1:30 – 5:45 pm
Maximum: 16
(1 seat reserved for Science Ed student)
Credits: 2


Doctoral Program (Ph.D)


ES 775
Candidacy Continuation

Competency Area: Dissertation Process
Restricted to students who have completed three years of the program, but have not completed their Service Project, Integrated Essay, AND Dissertation Proposal.

The Candidacy Continuation semester is designed for students who need additional time to complete their doctoral candidacy projects. Students retain full access to faculty and all student resources at Antioch. During this semester they continue to work independently with their advisor and the rest of the faculty as needed to complete their service project, integrated essay, doctoral dissertation proposal. Students may schedule their Dissertation Proposal Review meeting during this candidacy continuation semester.
Registration in Candidacy Continuation will carry half-time status for loan deferment and Financial Aid purposes.

Section A: Thomas Webler
Maximum: 15
Credits: uncredited


ES 776
Dissertation Seminar

Competency Area: Dissertation Process
Restricted to PhD IV students.
Prerequisites: Completion of The Integrated Essay, Service Project and Dissertation Proposal

This year-long seminar is designed to provide support and consultation for students in the process of formulating and carrying out their doctoral dissertation research. Topics to be addressed during the year include: ongoing evaluation and assessment of research methods, research ethics, dilemmas of working in the field, analysis, writing the dissertation, making formal presentations, dissemination of research results, and transformations you experience in your growth as a scholar. Students along with the instructors are intended to serve as a peer community, providing support, advice and critique. Each semester, students will make a formal presentation to the class documenting the current state of their research and bringing to the class the expertise they have developed. Additional faculty may be brought in as needed to provide input in special topic areas.

Section A: Beth Kaplin
Times: Wednesday – Saturday,
June 15 – 18, 8:00 am – 12:00 and
Friday, June 17, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Note: Wednesday, June 15 class will begin at 9:00 am.
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific coursework designed
to be completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 4


ES 899
Doctoral Dissertation

Competency Area: Dissertation Process
Restricted to PhD IV students.

Students who are actively engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation are required to register for these credits. You cannot register for this class unless your dissertation proposal has been approved by your committee.

Section A: Thomas Webler
Maximum: 15
Credits: 4


ES 899C
Doctoral Dissertation Continuation

Competency Area: Dissertation Process
Restricted to PhD V+ who have registered for three semesters of (ES 776) Dissertation Seminar and two semesters of (ES 899) Doctoral Dissertation, and have not completed the dissertation.

Section A: Doctoral Faculty
Maximum: 15
Credits: uncredited


ES 700
Ecological Thought

Competency Area: Foundation
Restricted to PhD I students.

The course is organized on the premise that there is an emerging ecological worldview that is the foundation of academic environmental studies, professional environmental practice, and the contemporary environmental movement. This worldview transcends the domain of environmentalism per se, and is influential in a range of disciplines, professions and dimensions of public life. This course explores the dynamics of its emergence, by attending to three interconnected conceptual sets: ecology, nature and life (systems thinking, ecological thinking, evolutionary thought), power, place and space (power relations, natural resource transformation, globalization, the commons, paradigms of activism, environmental movements), and meaning, purpose, and identity (ecopsychology and ecospirituality, literary expression, perception and language, story and myth, and ecological identity). Students will have the opportunity to explore the intellectual roots of their own ecological worldview and to assess a specific intellectual direction of interest.

Section A: Mitchell Thomashow
Time: Thursday – Saturday, June 16 – 18,
2:00 – 6:00 pm and
Monday – Friday, June 20 – 24,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
No class Sunday, June 19.
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific coursework designed
to be completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ES 707
Introduction to Research Design

Competency Area: Foundation
Restricted to PhD I students.

The purpose of this course is to become familiar with a variety of research paradigms and to study the different lenses that they provide for viewing and understanding the world, and in particular, the physical environment. Within paradigms, you will try out different methodological approaches, such as surveys, in-depth interviews, case studies, and quasi experiments. Through the development of a research proposal, you will ground discussions of theory in the practical concerns of research: framing research questions; designing a study; collecting and analyzing data; dealing with validity, reliability, and ethical issues; and writing a research report.

Section A: Louise Chawla
Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 – 6:00 pm,
Thursday – Saturday, June 16 – 18,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm and
Monday – Thursday, June 20 – 23,
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific coursework designed to
be completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ES 726
Learning Domain and
Environmental Leadership I

Competency Area: Research Strategies and Learning Domains
Restricted to PhD II students.

A series of lectures and workshops in this course are designed to provide students with the intellectual depth and research tools to define their learning domain. The students will engage in library research to fill out their individual knowledge maps, and the attendant literature on theoretical and applied dimensions of the thought collectives, theories, research applications and controversies associated with the learning domain. Students will discuss their work with leading scholars and writers and learn how others set the framework for and carry out their research. By the end of the course, students will have produced a blueprint to guide their learning through the coming year.

Section A: Alesia Maltz
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, June 15 – 18,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm and
Monday – Thursday, June 20 – 23,
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Note: Wednesday, June 15 class will begin at 9:00 am.
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific course work designed to
be completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ES 727
Research Strategy:
Theory, Method and Design I

Competency Area: Research Strategies and Learning Domains
Restricted to PhD II students.

The emphasis during this semester of this two-part course is on how to interpret and evaluate positivist research studies. Positive research is by far the dominant paradigm of research in science today. By drawing upon published empirical research, students will learn firsthand how to dissect research studies to identify their shortcomings and strengths. Applications will come from social and natural sciences. Attention will be given to defining variables, designing experiments, and interpreting statistical analyses. Research ethics will be discussed. Students will be expected to write a literature review comparing and evaluating several similar research studies.

Section A: Thomas Webler
Time: Wednesday – Saturday, June 15 – 18,
2:00 – 6:00 pm, and
Monday – Friday, June 20 – 24,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific coursework designed to
be completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


ES 752
Service Project

Competency Area: Integrated Projects
Restricted to PhD III students.

The Service Project is an intensive practicum project that involves a form of environmental or social service in a community context. The project may occur at any time during the third year of the program. Students should register for Service Project during the semester in which the bulk of the work will be done. For more specific information about the service project, please see the Doctoral Program Guide.

Section A: Heidi Watts
Maximum: 15
Time: To be arranged with instructor
Credits: 4


ES 890

SIS: Supervised Individual Study

If you are planning an independent study, please register for a SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by July 10, 2005 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the July 10th deadline will be returned to you for registration in a subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, thus affecting your enrollment status and perhaps your financial aid eligibility.

Credits: variable


ES 751
Theory and Practice Seminar I

Competency Area: Integrated Projects
Restricted to PhD III students.

The seminar emphasizes the preparatory work necessary for both the Integrated Essay and the Service Project. For the Integrated Essay, students lay the groundwork for the essay. As preparation for the seminar, students compile a topographic map. This serves two functions. First, it allows for a synthesis of the seminal themes of the learning domain, specifically addressing the key theoretical approaches and directions. Second, it delineates the convergence among those approaches, posing questions for further inquiry. By the end of the session, students will compile an outline, describing the dimensions of the essay.
For the Service Project, students propose and develop their goals and objectives, considering the moral and ethical dimensions of their work. In what ways does the project provide a necessary service? Who serves to benefit from the project? Where does the scholar/practitioner fit? By the end of the session, students will complete a brief proposal, outlining the dimensions of the project. In addition, the seminar poses questions regarding the political and spiritual dimensions of service learning, with selected readings about the philosophy of service.

Section A: Heidi Watts and Mitchell Thomashow
Changed 04/29/05: Section A: Heidi Watts and Joy Akerman
Times: Thursday & Saturday, June 16 & 18,
8:00 am – 12:00 and 2:00 – 6:00 pm and
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 20, 22, 24,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional contact hours will be
met by specific coursework designed to be
completed on-line.
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3