ENSC 110 Physical Geography

Professor: Carolyn Miller

CRN: 12386

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:30 am ROSE 108
Lab: Th 1:20 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 308

Physical geography, the study of the properties and processes which occur at Earth's surface and their interactions over large areas, is basic to all environmental sciences. This class will introduce students to the major features of our environment, such as weather, land forms, and vegetation, and the physical processes which control them. This interdisciplinary area of study will integrate principles from areas such as meteorology, ecology, oceanography, and geology, with the goal of understanding how they interact to shape our natural environment. The class will consist of lectures, labs, and fieldwork. Prerequisite: Eligibility for Q courses.

ENSC 306 Ecosystems Ecology

Professor: Carolyn Miller

CRN: 12387

Time: Mon Wed 9:00 am - 10:30 am ROSE 108
Lab: Mon 1:20 pm - 5:00 pm HEG 308

An ecosystem is comprised of the biological community in an area and the physical setting in which it exists. In this upper-level course, students will learn the basic properties of ecosystems. We will focus on the biological and chemical processes within ecosystems, such as energy flow, food web dynamics, microbial processes, and nutrient cycling, and the factors which control them. Different types of ecosystems and how biological and chemical processes differ between them will also be discussed. Finally, we will discuss human activities in ecosystems and how these activities have changed ecosystem processes and properties. This course complements BIO 305, which stresses population and community ecology. The class will consist of lectures, labs, and fieldwork. Prerequisites: Biology 101-102 and Chemistry 101-102.