American Studies (1)
AMST 100 Perspectives on American Culture
This analysis of modern American society introduces theories and methods of culture studies, beginning with anthropological definitions of culture and including perspectives of sociology, political science, history, art history, and English. Students examine the moral ecology of everyday life in America, looking at the cultural meanings of work, clothes, food, family, gender, buildings, bodies, television, advertising, and education.
Asian Studies (2)
ASIAN 210: Asian Conversations I
How do pilgrims, travelers and migrants make sense of their journeys in Asia? Students explore maps, histories, tales, and guides that define Asia today and in years past, including several classic Asian texts; study how cultural, linguistic, economic, religious, social, and political connections and divisions create and sustain communities in Asia; and plan related projects for their Interim course. Students will discuss environmentalissues in the United States and the ways in which they compare to those in China and Japan and other parts of Asia.Prerequisite: Chinese 112 or Japanese 112 or permission of instructor. Must be accepted into Asian Conversations program to register.
ASIAN 397: Human Rights/Asian Context
This course is the gateway for the biology major, guiding students as they develop the context, skills, and modern framework on which to continue their study of biology. Students explore the history, evolution, and diversity of life in the context of genetics and comparative genomics. The laboratory emphasizes question-asking, problem-solving, and exploring biodiversity, and students have multiple opportunities to practice and communicate their science. Students attend lectures plus one 3-hour laboratory/discussion per week.
BIO 227 Cell Biology
This course provides a comprehensive overview of cellular structure and function including cellular compartments, macromolecular structures, and life processes such as energy and material flux, cell division, and control mechanisms. Students learn current and/or historical evidence and methodology (e.g., microscopy, isolation procedures, and probes). Laboratory experiences provide opportunities for qualitative and quantitative observations of cellular structure and function. Students place their work in the context of current research through examination of relevant literature and formal presentations.
Ecology focuses on the study of the interrelationships that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. This core course examines organism-environment interactions and the study of populations, communities and ecosystems. Consideration is given to use of ecological studies in ecosystem management. Students attend lectures plus one three-hour laboratory per week.
BIO 371 Field Ecology
This course focuses on learning modern field and laboratory methods to test ecological hypotheses. Students work on group and individual projects to collect and analyze data and give oral and written presentations on projects. Class periods focus on discussion of primary literature and project results. Class trips include visits to local natural areas. Students focus on how to sustain biodiversity and reduce human-induced environmental changes; from climate change, to habitat destruction, to changes in biogeochemical cycling.
CHEM 253 Synthesis Lab I
CHEM 247 Organic Chemistry I
Environmental Studies (5)
(ARTS/HUMANITIES)- Mark Allister An environmental matter. An impasse. One side wants conservation of habitat and sustainable practices. The other side frames the situation through the lens of jobs and autonomy from government regulation . Why do so many sites and practices become environmentally contested spaces? How do we begin to resolve such impasses? Most work in environmental studies — and nearly all that is natural science and social science based — focuses on exterior or objective perspectives, examining structures such as individual subjects or ecosystems or political and economic systems. This seminar will consider contested spaces and the values that underlie arguments about such spaces by also focusing on interior perspectives, the role of emotion, beauty, ideas about the self, cultural mores, and so for th. Students aim to understand an “integral ecology” that might reveal all that is at stake in a contested environmental space.
ENVST 255 Remote Sensing & GIS
Population growth, industrialization, and the consumption of fossil fuels have increased global environmental problems. The course examines the ways in which nation-states and/or international institutions have addressed these environmental concerns. Depending on the instructor, the focus of the course is either the environmental problems of a particular area (e.g., Latin America, Russia or Asia) or a broader global arena (e.g., international institutions and the environment).
Exercize Science- Activity (2)
ESAC 125 Canoeing
ESAC 106 Rock Climbing
Students learn basic rock climbing skills, techniques, and safety procedures.
GERM 112: Beginning German II
Students continue to develop basic language skills with emphasis on expanding vocabulary and on writing assignments that aid in the practical application of grammatical concepts. Communicating in German about familiar personal topics, students acquire vocabulary about sports, food, holidays, school, and life in German speaking cultures. German 112 features a unit on the environment (die Umwelt,) which focuses on sustainable living in Germany.
GERM 111B: Beginning German
Students begin to learn German through listening, speaking, reading, and writing about situations familiar to them including their personal biographies, families, daily life, studies, travels, and hobbies. Regular writing assignments are designed to help students learn vocabulary, check spelling, and to form thoughts with German sentence structure. Regular speaking activities aid in acquiring good pronunciation and listening skills. German 111B features two units on the environment (die Umwelt,) with a focus on sustainable living in Germany.
This course examines the environmental history of Latin America from ancient times to the present. Through readings and discussion, students explore topics such as pre-conquest indigenous agriculture, the environmental consequences of European colonization, Latin American understandings of nature, the Green Revolution, deforestation, questions of international environmental justice, and the growing links between the region’s indigenous peoples and international environmental organizations.
MATH 230 Differential Equations
MATH 126 Calculus II
This course covers methods and applications of integration, geometric and Taylor series, and introduces partial derivatives and double integrals. Calculus II addresses problems and applications concerning modeling of populations and resource harvesting.
NURS 388 Community Health
OFFC 388D US: Washington Institute
OFFC 287A Norway SUST I HECUA
OFFC 287 Norway: SUST Year HECUA
OFFC 244A US: Oregon Extension I
OFFC 205A Biology in South India
OFFC 201A Ecuador: CILA HECUA I
REL 278 Christian Ethics and Ecological Justice
Within the contemporary context, humanity’s place within Earth’s ecological system is fraught with ethical challenges. This course examines the Christian ethical tradition as a means to identify ethical resources for addressing ecological problems as well as reflect on how nature itself challenges ethical reflection. Students will investigate particular moral issues relating to sustainability and ecological concerns. The course will cover why and how God calls Christians to tend and sustain creation.
REL 121A A “Green” Bible? Earth, Its Creatures, and Ecological Imagination
Adam and Eve frolic through a garden of living things, and Noah navigates a floating zoo. Jonah gets stuck in the belly of a big fish, and Job faces the unseemly monstrosities of Behemoth and Leviathan. Strange lambs, lions, beasts, dogs, doves, donkeys, and other creatures populate biblical texts, often unnoticed. With these nonhuman creatures in mind, this section will focus on ‘ecotheological’ and ‘ecocritical’ readings of creation in biblical narratives. We’ll examine the bible’s relationship to environmentalism and critical animal studies—paying particular attention to how these texts portray what it means to be a “human” or “nonhuman” creature. We’ll look at the vital roles nonhuman creatures play in these stories, and we’ll ask what kinds of perspectives these creatures may give on the earth and contemporary environmental issues.
Why do you eat what you eat? What does this say about you and your relationship to people, the environment, animals, and politics? Finally, how is the act of eating a political action, akin to public discourse? The theme of this writing course will explore various philosophies of food consumption and distribution, asking and debating questions about why certain communities experience obesity and abundance while others suffer from starvation and lack. We will investigate farming and agribusiness, philosophies of food consumption such as vegetarianism and the slow foods movement, and personal food and cooking habits. As a class, we will frame our discussions and writings around contemporary readings, advertisements, documentaries, film representations, fictional texts, recipes and cookbooks, and academic texts. As part of this exploration into how food and democracy go hand in hand, you will be expected to write a wide variety of genres including a food narrative, controversy analysis, researched argument, public argument, and manifesto.
WRI 111A: FOOD WRITING: ADVENTURES IN GASTRONOMY
French writer Brillat-Savarin declares in The Physiology of Taste of 1848,“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” American writer Mark Kurlansky insists in his 2002 Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from around the World and throughout History, “Food is about agriculture, about ecology, about man’s relationship with nature, about the climate, about nation-building, cultural struggles, friends and enemies, alliances, wars, religion. It is about memory and tradition and, at times, even about sex.” Cooking and eating as a topic of serious intellectual inquiry as well as one of enormous import in popular culture are the focus of this writing seminar. Through a number of formal and informal writing assignments, students will explore the role of food in a variety of contexts such as literature, art, history, film, journalism, and television. Texts and films may include Michael Pollan’s recent work of nonfiction Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Emile Zola’s nineteenth-century novel, The Belly of Paris, Nora Ephron’s hit movie Julie and Julia, and Gabriel Axel’s 1987 Danish movie, Babette’s Feast.
The most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) doesn’t pull any punches. The globe continues to warm, ice continues to melt at an alarming pace, and the seas continue to rise. Climate change is already happening. Yet, according to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center, only 40% of Americans cited climate change as a major threat. So what gives? Why aren’t people getting the message? Are we delivering it wrong? Do we need more stories and better storytellers? This writing seminar will examine various approaches to the subject, with a particular focus on how a compelling story might be told, especially when conveying scientific data and abstract ideas. What makes a story compelling? Memorable? Inspiring? We’ll frame our discussion and writings around a variety of media (novels, graphic novels, essays, poetry, and film).In class, students do some storytelling on their own, write responses to assigned reading or films, work in small writing groups to give and receive feedback, and write daily exercises that take up a certain element covered in our writing handbook. Additional writing assignments will include a personal essay, an analysis essay, a research essay, short blog entries, and more.
WRI 111J: Now or Never
Can we avert catastrophic consequences of the impact of human activity on the atmosphere, or is it already too late? What is the evidence for the “greenhouse effect,” the “ozone hole,” and “climate change”? This seminar will examine data about our planet’s atmosphere from ancient times to the present and consider the impact of both human activities and natural phenomena. We will see how early scientists came to view the concept of gases, to identify the individual components of air, and to understand gases’ properties, including why some can act as greenhouse gases but others cannot. With this background, we will consider scenarios for the future and the types of decisions, and potential consequences, that face present and future generations. Writing assignments will include historical sketches of key figures in the study of the atmosphere, “biographies” of greenhouse gases, analyses of climate data and historical records of atmospheric composition, science fiction-type stories on what life might be like in the future, and a persuasive article making policy recommendations.