Course Descriptions

Environmental Studies (ENV)

ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues (3)

An interdisciplinary course in which students are introduced to the ethical issues, tools and techniques involved in environmental and sustainability problem-solving. Students are presented with a series of real (often Hawaiian) environmental problems that they will investigate, attempt to understand in entirety and devise a solution or solution- strategy for. This hands-on approach will allow students to discover the many disciplines and techniques involved in ameliorating real environmental challenges.

ENV 115 Marine Environmental Science (3)

This course introduces students to the scientific causes and consequences of the current major marine environmental issues. Topics include: effects of global warming on ocean ecosystems, marine pollution, marine debris, oil spills, fisheries exploitation, fisheries by-catch, marine alien species and coral reef degradation. The course focuses on making students aware of the material causes and consequences of each issue as well as the role of science in devising sustainable solutions to each issue. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 115L.

ENV 115L Marine Environmental Science Laboratory (1)

This course introduces students to the scientific methodologies used to determining and studying the current major marine environmental issues. Issues studied include: global warming, marine pollution, marine debris, oil spills, fisheries exploitation, fisheries by-catch, marine alien species and coral reef degradation. Laboratory exercises are conducted in the field and on the Chaminade campus. Students taking this course will be engaged in field science activities. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 115.

ENV 201 Conservation Biology & Ecology (3)

An introduction to conservation biology issues and goals and the principles of ecology. The course includes consideration of the impacts of human activity on ecosystems and our efforts to ameliorate destructive impacts and devise sustainable solutions. Major topics include the effects of industrialization, agriculture, pollution, species introduction and human population growth and development on the health and future sustainability of ecosystems and humans alike. Particular emphasis is placed on island ecosystems. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 201L.

ENV 201L Conservation Biology & Ecology Laboratory (1)

Students perform laboratory and field research techniques used in conducting conservation biology and ecological research and restoration. Analyses are conducted in the laboratory and in the field. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 201.

ENV 202 Environmental Physics (3)

A detailed study of matter and energy in our environment and the transformations that they undergo. Thermodynamics and the sources of energy; the uses of energy and the consequences of such uses. Particular emphasis on the environments of island ecosystems such as Hawaii. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 202L. Cross-listed with PHY 111.

ENV 202L Environmental Physics Laboratory (1)

One three-hour laboratory period per week to accompany ENV 202. Students investigate matter and energy in our environment and the transformations that they undergo in order to learn firsthand the application of the relevant physical principles to environmental issues and sustainable solutions. Activities are conducted in the laboratory and in the field. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 202. Cross-listed with PHY 111L.

English 102 and Communication 101 are prerequisites for all upper division courses.

ENV 300 Environmental Policy & Law (3)

An introductory course to environmental policy and law – its nature, development, flexibility, and growth and to the ethical dimensions surrounding the creation of state, national and international environmental policy and law.

ENV 301: Environmental Human Health (3)

This course examines the science and practice of promoting optimal human health and preventing illness and injury by identifying sources and evaluating and controlling levels of and exposure to physical, chemical and biological agents in air, water, soil, food, and other media that may affect the quality of environmental settings or disrupt ecological conditions, and directly or indirectly contribute to adverse impact to human health and well-being.

ENV 310 Natural Resource Management (3)

This course teaches students the skills necessary to use, protect and maintain natural resources so that they may exist perpetually to the benefit of natures and humans alike. Course requires some understanding of biological processes, business methodology, political process and policy applications. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 310L.

ENV 310L Natural Resource Management Laboratory (1)

This course teaches students the field and intellectual skills necessary to conduct natural resource management in Hawaii and elsewhere. Skills taught include population growth modeling, resource use models, population size monitoring, economic and sociological assessment of natural resource value, population protection and restoration field skills. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 310.

ENV 315 Environmental Economics (3)

This course focuses on natural resource economics and environmental issues. Topics include air and water pollution, toxic waste, deforestation, soil erosion, biodiversity, global warming and sustainable development. The course provides students the opportunity to develop skills in applying economic tools to understand and evaluate current environmental issues and their consequences. Service-Learning course. Offered alternate fall semesters. Prerequisites: EC 202 or ENV 201/ENV 201L. Cross-listed with EC 315.

ENV 384 Sustainability in Design (3)

This course will examine principles of sustainable design from a systemic perspective, beginning with the conditions that have led up to the sustainability movement, why sustainable practices are necessary and new approaches to design. In exploring new ecological paradigms for how we should live in an endangered natural environment, topics in the course will include: passive design strategies, alternate energy sources, and biomimetic design principles. Materials, energy use, resource conservation, building practices, and LEED criteria are areas that will be covered in the context of interior design. Offered annually. Prerequisites: Junior standing (60 credits) or ENV 100 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed with EID 384.

ENV 400 Current Global Environmental Issues (3)

This reading-intensive course surveys diverse publications explaining the major environmental threats facing the world today as well as the potential and actual sustainable solutions for each. The aim of the course is to have students become aware of the material as well as socioeconomic causes of environmental degradation, the detrimental impacts of environmental degradation on humans and the potential sustainable solutions to the greatest environmental challenges. Course must be taken in the junior or senior year.

ENV 401: Current Topics in the Environment & Human Health (3)

Selected timely and pressing topics related to the environment and human health will be addressed. Examples include: food hygiene, climate change and human health, food security, enviro justice, bats and zoonotic transmission, habitat degradation and human well-being, green spaces, and perceptions of health.

ENV 415 Advanced Marine Environmental Sciences (3)

This course examines in depth students the scientific causes and consequences of the current major marine environmental issues. Topics include: effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems, marine pollution, marine debris, oil spills, fisheries exploitation, fisheries by-catch, marine alien species and coral reef degradation. The course focuses on making students aware of the material causes and consequences of each issue as well as the role of science in devising sustainable solutions to each issue. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 415L.

ENV 415L Advanced Marine Environmental Sciences Laboratory (1)

This course introduces students to the scientific methodologies used to determining and studying the current major marine environmental issues. Issues studied include: climate change, marine pollution, marine debris, oil spills, fisheries exploitation, fisheries by-catch, marine alien species and coral reef degradation. Laboratory exercises are conducted in the field and on the Chaminade campus. Students taking this course will conduct a laboratory or field research project of their own. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 415.

ENV 431 Environmental Ethics (3)

Examines religious perspectives on ethical issues within the context of an ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue in the field of environmental studies, with particular attention paid to contemporary Catholic ethicists. The goals are to assist students in their study and understanding of the personal and social dimensions of these ethical perspectives and learn effective methods for dealing with relevant ethical issues within environmental studies and sustainable practices. Fulfills interdisciplinary course requirement. Offered alternate semesters. Prerequisites: RE 103, RE 205, RE 211; and ENV 100 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with RE 431.

ENV 450 Earth System Science (3)

Earth system science is a new and growing scientific sub-discipline that focusses on the causal connectedness and nature of the interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. The course considers the particular interactions within Earth’s natural system as well as anthropogentic alterations of it. Finally the course seeks solutions that synergize with or enhance the natural systems.

ENV 485 Environmental Capstone Course (3)

This capstone course seeks to integrate and assess the experiences and program learning outcomes of the Environmental Studies around a real environmental issue that the student actively participates in problem solving through research and/or service. Projects undertaken should evidence an understanding and mastery of areas such as research, policy, ethics, advocacy or resource management these course.

ENV 490 Current Environmental Studies Seminar (1 to 3)

Selected topics of current interest in environmental studies will be addressed. Prerequisites: none. Offered annually, Spring semester.