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ENVS 650, Water Quality
June 20-July 8, MWF, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Tom Shahady
Focuses on integrated content in environmental science, chemistry, and biology that applies to water quality assessment. Appropriate laboratory and field skills for teachers, in any of the scientific disciplines listed above, are addressed. Topics include water quality issues, bacterial monitoring, chemical assessment, and biological assessment. Emphasis is on pedagogical approaches to applying these concepts in the classroom.
ENVS 645, Practical Meteorology
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
Dr. Dave Perault
This course covers all key aspects of meteorology ranging from basic atmospheric processes to human induced climate change. Various weather events, tropical weather, air pollution, and forecasting are all addressed, with an emphasis on practical applications and impacts on our daily lives. Special emphasis will be placed on improving the laboratory and field skills of middle and high school level biology and earth science teachers.
ENVS 680, Applied Geography
August 1-5, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Dave Perault
Comprehensive overview of geographic principles with examples from the physical and social sciences. Technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) will be used to understand and demonstrate topics, with an emphasis on pedagogical approaches to applying these concepts in the classroom.
ENVS 600, Concepts in Earth and Environmental Science
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
Dr. Greg Eaton
Focuses on a variety of specific earth and environmental science content, concepts, and laboratory and field skills that teachers are required to address when teaching earth science at the middle and high school levels. Topics include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, Earth’s history, oceans, atmosphere, weather and climate, the solar system and universe, and land and water resource issues.
ENVS 610, Astronomy
Addresses topics in modern astronomy from the solar system to the wider universe and to ultimate cosmological questions. The emphasis is on easily observed celestial phenomena and understanding their significance, current discoveries coming from interplanetary missions and what they tell us about our own planet, and the latest discoveries and speculations in astrophysics and cosmology. Relevant course content will be adapted by students into lessons and activities suitable for public schools and other educational settings.