North Central College - Naperville, IL

Environmental Studies Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

ENV 105 The Science of Climate Change (3.00)
An examination of the scientific understanding of climate change. Includes a thorough study of the evidence that the climate is changing; a detailed analysis of our current best understanding of how the global climate system works, including the possible causes of the rapid climate change now taking place, and the connection between human activities and the changing climate. Time permitting, an examination of the impacts of climate change and the options to ameliorate the changes now underway. Core: Science.

ENV 106 Introduction to Environmental Science (Lab) (3.50)
This course is an overview of biological and physical processes that affect the environment in the context of current environmental issues. Topics include population, community, ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, water and air pollution, and natural resource management. Same as: BIO 106. Core: Science (Lab).

ENV 120 People and Nature (3.00)
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Studies from a humanities perspective. Students will read some of the most important books by American authors about the complicated and changing relationships between people and the rest of nature. These classic environmental tests offer insights into perceptions and uses of nature. This course aims to help students interpret arguments about environmental issues and understand their social, historical, and political context. Core: Humanities.

ENV 220 Field Biology (1.00-3.00)
Field study in biology. This course takes students off-campus into a field environment for research in ecology, zoology, botany, environmental science and/or related areas. Timing and location vary according to faculty interests and research opportunities. May be offered during D-term or in conjunction with a study abroad program. Examples of recent offerings include study of desert ecology in Arizona and estuarine ecology on the Gulf Coast. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor. Same as: ENV 220.

ENV 225 Environmental Ethics (3.00)
After a brief examination of philosophical and ethical frameworks, the following will be considered: the history of environmental ethics; the problem of the moral status of nonhuman animals and other aspects of nature; the environment and the good life; ethical issues related to population growth, sustainability, diminishing/vanishing resources, and the use of cost/benefit analysis in environmental policy. Same as: PHL 225.

ENV 248 American Environmental History (3.00)
This broad survey of American history from an environmental perspective examines the ways that different groups of Americans adapted to and changed the landscape, and analyzes their ideas about nature. Major themes include the new perspective of environmental history, reading the landscape, the role of region in America, and knowing nature through labor. Same as: HST 248. Core: Humanities or Social Science.

ENV 300 Modern Environmental Issues (3.00)
This is the capstone course for the Environmental Studies program. Led by professors from different departments with guest appearances by additional members of the Environmental Studies faculty, this is an interdisciplinary course that integrates principles and approaches from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences to better understand modern environmental issues. In this course, students examine different ways of thinking about nature and the environment and seek to understand the complex social, cultural, political, economic, and scientific causes of environmental problems, in order to evaluate potential and alternate social and policy solutions. Students also consider the ethical relationship between humankind and the natural environment and the relevance of various ethics and values to environmental decisions. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

ENV 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENV 399 Independent Study (1.00-3.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENV 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENV 499 Independent Study (1.00-3.00)
Instructor consent required.