Introduces the skills and methods used in observing and interpreting geographical environments. Employs fieldwork, aerial photographs, maps, and basic data to examine the physical and cultural elements of the Rogue Valley from 1852 to the present. Approved for University Studies (Explorations Strand F–Social Science).
Provides students with a basic understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere. Topics include minerals, rocks, atmospheric and oceanic composition, and the structure of the Earth’s interior. Provides a framework for students interested in the major processes operating on the Earth’s surface and in its interior. Three hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory. Approved for University Studies (Explorations Strand G - Sciences). Corequisite(s): ES 101L.
Studies the interactions of organisms with their environments and each other at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems and how organisms and their interactions are shaped by evolution. Introduces biodiversity, species conservation, and ecosystem services. Three hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory. Approved for University Studies (Explorations Strand G - Sciences). Corequisite(s): ES 102L.
Studies how people perceive and interact with their bio-physical environment. Develops key concepts and analytic tools from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and sociology. Applies these social scientific perspectives to contemporary environmental issues such as global climate change and forest health in the Pacific Northwest. Develops literacy in the social sciences and prepares students to make thoughtful choices about how to live, work, and play in their environment. Four hours of lecture and discussion. Approved for University Studies (Explorations Strand F–Social Science).