Course Catalog: 2014-2015
Course/Title:
ENST 101-THE EARTH
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Study of the nature of the Earth and its processes. Cross-list: ESCI 101.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Senior
Sophomore
Freshman
Junior
ENST 102-HISTORY OF THE EARTH AND LIFE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Study of earth's systems over the past 4.6 billion years. Topics include evolution of life, continents, ocean basins and climate. Cross-list: ESCI 102.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 113-ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS SEMINAR
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Discussion of environmental crises. Topics vary annually. Cross-list: EBIO 113, ESCI 113.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 114-NATURAL DISASTER SEMINAR
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Seminar topics vary by term. Cross-list: ESCI 114.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 179-INTRODUCTION TO AQUATIC ECOLOGY WITH SCUBA
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Students will learn the fundamentals of coastal and reef ecosystems, be introduced to underwater fieldwork and become PADI certified in the basics of SCUBA. An additional course fee that ranges from $425 to $725, depending on the equipment needs of the student, is associated with the class. Cross-list: EBIO 179, LPCR 179.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 201-THE SCIENCE BEHIND EARTH GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course will introduce the students to the science behind last century Earth global warming in the context of the past records of global Earth climate variability and forecast of Earth climate in the next century. Cross-list: ESCI 201.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 202-CULTURE, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY HUMANITIES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Humanity faces extraordinary challenges in an era of climate change and energy transition. These challenges are not only technological but also questions of value, power, behavior, and understanding. This course draws upon new research across the arts, humanities and social sciences to help students better understand the cultural and social dimensions of our current patterns of energy use, their environmental impacts, and the possibility of new energy futures. Intended for both STEM majors and humanities and social science students. Cross-list: HUMA 202.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 204-ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: THE DESIGN & PRACTICE OF COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course introduces the fundamentals of community garden design and practice. Responsibilities will center on developing and improving the Rice Community Garden. A strong emphasis will be on learning and applying ecological principles to the practice of community agriculture. Class has required meetings outside of regular class time. Cross-list: EBIO 204.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 265-GREEN WORLDS: SCIENCE FICTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Credits: 1 TO 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Examines the ways that science fiction has expressed and challenged ideas about nature, culture, society and politics and imagined alternative 'green' worlds. Will focus on authors such as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler and Paolo Bacigalupi: films such as "Wall-E" and "Avatar": and accessible secondary criticism. Cross-list: ENGL 269.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 281-ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Students will work in teams to develop sustainable solutions for energy or environmental problems affecting our Houston and Rice communities. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of engineering fundamentals with societal issues, environmental and safety considerations, sustainability and professional communications. Prerequisites: introductory engineering courses, or permission of instructor. Cross-list: CHBE 281.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 301-INTRODUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT: ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course is intended as an introduction to environmental studies from all divisions of the campus. The course focuses on attitudes and values relating to the environment as represented in environmental history and environmental literature.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 302-ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: RICE INTO THE FUTURE
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Students use the campus as a laboratory for learning about sustainability through group projects to reduce Rice's environmental impact or resolve environmental problem. Cross-list: SOCI 304.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 307-ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course explores the physical principles of energy use and its impacts on Earth's environment and climate. Topics will include energy mechanics, climate change, and the environmental impacts and future prospects of various fossil fuel and alternative energy sources. Cross-list: CEVE 307, ESCI 307. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 101 and PHYS 101 or PHYS 111.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): MATH 101 AND (PHYS 101 OR PHYS 111 OR PHYS 125 OR PHYS 141)
ENST 313-SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course will explore sustainable design from initial sustainable facility concepts and team organizations, to enlisting community support and process assessment. The course will develop into details about sustainable design, lessons learned, processes and outcomes. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARCH 313, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 613.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
ENST 315-ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
An overview of environmental health issues including discussion of epidemiologic methods, illnesses caused or exacerbated by environmental exposures, and the role of research in driving effective policies to protect and promote public health. The class includes numerous guest lectures by area experts (physicians, researchers, community activists, policymakers and others); a bus tour featuring disproportionately affected neighborhoods as well as cutting-edge “green” initiatives; original student research projects; and an opportunity to address the Houston City Council. The dynamic between research and action, i.e., “making a difference,” is stressed. FORMERLY ENST 314.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) or permission of instructor
ENST 316-ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Explores the ways film represents the environment and environmental issues (food, water, energy, waste, environmental justice, sustainability), and both expresses and shapes environmental values. We will view and analyze a variety of genres, as well as reading supplementary material. Cross-list: SOCI 316.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 321-CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The project-based seminar will provide a means by which all those with an interest in the building science entailed in the design of commercial, institutional, and residential structures can investigate common issues, obtain information, discuss local strategies, and otherwise address subjects relating to building or campus performance over its lifecycle. To develop an approach of taking an existing Rice University building an optimizing its use via "repositioning" or redesign the class will create an interdisciplinary forum where students of architecture, engineering (structural, mechanical, etc.), and human sciences will potentially collaborate with professional building consultants, materials manufactures, contractors, developers, owners, and Rice campus facility managers Cross-list: ARCH 321, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 621.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 322-CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE REGENERATIVE REPOSITIONING OF NEW OR EXISING RICE CAMPUS BU
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course will explore application of high performance, sustainable design to specific Rice University campus and facility targets. In partnership with Rice University leadership, the team effort will develop "regenerative redesign" approaches based on investigation of other campuses' case study. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 622.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 323-CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course is designed to give students a broad overview of conservation biology. Lecture and discussions will focus on conservation issues such as biodiversity, extinction, management, sustained yield, invasive species and preserve design. Cross-list: EBIO 323.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) or permission of instructor
ENST 331-ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The course considers the major issues in the increasingly important public policy area of the environment. It emphasizes the American experience, but also considers certain international aspects of these issues.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 332-THE SOCIAL LIFE OF CLEAN ENERGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course considers the phenomenon of renewable energy, using a social scientific approach to analyze the various forces and interests involved in the development of renewable energy projects (such as hydropower, solar and wind) in both the global North and South. No prerequisites required. Cross-list: ANTH 332.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 340-GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course introduces students to the coupled nature of the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere using as focal points elemental cycles such as those of carbon and nitrogen. This is a writing-intensive class, and will include 3 required Saturday field trips. Cross-list: EBIO 340, ESCI 340.
Department permission required
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 350-ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP
Credits: 1 TO 6
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Provides enrollment credit for approved internships with environmental organizations or agencies. Students must seek approval prior to beginning the internship. Weekly progress reports and a final paper are required.
Instructor permission required
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 367-ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course focuses on the foundations of environmental sociology and takes a social and historical approach to examine how humans affect the environment and the environment affects humans. Topics include: agricultural sustainability, resource extraction and climate changes; environmental racism/sexism; globalization and development; population, and consumption, and environmental movements. Cross-list: SOCI 367.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 368-LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
A course that asks the question: How does literature express or shape environmental values? In this class we will read American fiction and nonfiction exploring the relationship between human and nonhuman nature. Cross-list: ENGL 368.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 399-THE ROOTS OF UNSUSTAINABILITY: PROGRESS,GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Examines the historical roots of our unsustainable practices and lifestyles in the United States. Major topics will include the expectation of unlimited resources, social progress and economic growth, as well as technological solutions to political and environmental problems. Cross-list: HIST 399.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 400-INDEPENDENT STUDY
Credits: 1 TO 6
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Instructor permission required
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 406-INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Introduction to Environmental Law is intended to introduce the student to the methods used by the United States and the international community to regulate and/or allocate air, water and land resources. A key focus of this course will be the emerging area of the law of sustainable development, including the implementation of full price costing, life cycle analysis, carbon cycle analysis, allocation of assimilative capacity and other similar issues. Cross-list: CEVE 406.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 415-THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Examines the environmental movement in the U.S. and globally. After a historical overview, we will use a social movement perspective to examine mobilization, organizations and tactics, ideologies and identities, as well as exploring aspects of contemporary environmentalism (e.g. green building and slow flood, wildlife management/biodiversity, sustainable development, environmental justice). Cross-list: SOCI 415.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 425-ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course covers the organic geochemistry of the natural environment. Topics include: production, transport, decomposition, and storage of organic matter in the marine and terrestrial environments, use of isotopes to track biogeochemical processes and natural and perturbed carbon cycle issues, including past and recent climate shifts. Cross-list: CHEM 425, ESCI 425.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 437-ENERGY ECONOMICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Discussion of key aspects in the supply and demand of energy. Topics include optimal extraction of depletable resources, transportation, storage, end-use and efficiency, and the relationship between economic activity, energy, and the environment. Cross-list: ECON 437.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 301 OR ECON 370
ENST 441-COMMON PROPERTY RESOURCES
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Common Property Resources (CPRs), such as fisheries, aquifiers, and the Internet, appear in many guises and pose a fundamental problem for governing. Exploration of theoretical underpinnings for CPRs, their growing literature, and the political and economic institutions mediating CPR dilemmas. Included is an original research project in conjunction with the instructor. Cross-list: POLI 441.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): POLI 395
ENST 480-ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY ECONOMICS
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The economic theories of externalities and common property resources are used to analyze how markets, legal institutions, regulations, taxes and subsidies, and voluntary activity can affect the supply of environmental amenities, such as clean air, clean water, and wilderness areas. We also discuss methods for determining the demand for environmental amenities. Cross-list: ECON 480.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): ECON 301 OR ECON 370
ENST 490-SPECIAL STUDY AND RESEARCH
Credits: 1 TO 12
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Open to environmental science or engineering majors with permission of instructor. Written report required. Cross-list: CEVE 490.
Instructor permission required
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 513-SEMINAR: TOPICS RELATED TO THE EARTH'S DEEP INTERIOR
Repeatable for Credit
Credits: 1 TO 3
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Seminar topics may vary. Readings and discussions about current topics related to the processes governing the Earth's deep interior. General themes include mantle convection, thermal evolution, and volatiles.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 613-CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Cross-list: ARCH 613, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 313.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
ENST 621-CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
The project-based seminar will provide a means by which all those with an interest in the building science entailed in the design of commercial, institutional, and residential structures can investigate common issues, obtain information, discuss local strategies, and otherwise address subjects relating to building or campus performance over its lifecycle. To develop an approach of taking an existing Rice University building an optimizing its use via "repositioning" or redesign the class will create an interdisciplinary forum where students of architecture, engineering (structural, mechanical, etc.), and human sciences will potentially collaborate with professional building consultants, materials manufactures, contractors, developers, owners, and Rice campus facility managers Cross-list: ARCH 621, Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 321.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 622-CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABILITY: THE REGENERATIVE REPOSITIONING OF NEW OR EXISING RICE CAMPUS BU
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
This course will explore application of high performance, sustainable design to specific Rice University campus and facility targets. In partnership with Rice University leadership, the team effort will develop "regenerative redesign" approaches based on investigation of other campuses' case study. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: ENST 322.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
ENST 646-ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Seminar on contemporary research on the biomedical aspects of human health and disease. Includes topics from medical ecology and epidemiology. Cross-list: ANTH 646.
College: School of Natural Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies
Pre-requisite(s): ANTH 381 or permission of instructor
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es):
Graduate
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