Introduction class for majors, minors and an elective for non-environment students. Great opportunity to gain environmental literacy and participate in local field trips to learn about the inner workings of the region.
Foundations of Environmental Science and Studies
Students enrolled in the Foundations of Environmental Science course presented the research they conducted in small groups for the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) where they were challenged to Think globally, Act locally. CUREs are a great way for faculty to connect research and teaching while engaging students in a hands-on approach that increases depth of knowledge and critical thinking skills. Projects ranged from investigations on temporal variation of whistling duck feeding behaviors to changes in aquatic nitrate availability across temperature regimes and incorporated science process skills they gained as a learning objective in this interdisciplinary environmental science foundation course taught by Dr. Phil Bucolo. Dr. Bucolo said "these early career environmental students immersed themselves into the scientific process across a variety of environmental topics. The experience provided a venue to illustrate the expectations of scientific inquiry, but also the gratification of data-based discovery, discernment and the ability to communicate their findings." Communicating science effectively is also a skill taught during this course.