The course offerings below are for Spring 2017. Theme-based course descriptions are also listed. A comprehensive list of courses offered at Unity College is found on The Unity College Catalog.
Unity College Courses for Spring 2017
Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2017
AR 2103 Art Explorations: Watercolor
This course will provide an introduction to various watercolor painting techniques. Historical and contemporary imagery will be examined throughout the class as a means for the student to understand the range of expression possible through the watercolor medium.
AR 2113 Creative Writing: Writing, Community, and Ecology
In this class, we will practice ecological approaches to creative writing by studying and writing about our human, plant, and animal neighbors in a range of genres. Course work will include theoretical texts about ecocomposition and ecopoetic aesthetics, stories and poems that embody these principles, and writing workshops. Students will create a portfolio of work in multiple genres.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
AR 2113 Creative Writing: Elements of Fiction Writing
In this course, students will read and write short fiction. Through exemplary reading followed by class discussion and directed exercises, they will learn to identify, analyze, and manipulate such nearly universal fictional elements as structure, theme, character, foreshadowing, dialogue, metaphor, and imagery. They will apply these skills to the writing and revision of several short stories of their own.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
BI 1882 TOPICS: Unique Marine Ecosystems
This course will examine themes in biology related to select unique marine ecosystems. Students will examine the natural history, ecology, oceanography, and special organismal adaptations of especially productive zones (e.g., Bay of Fundy) and extreme habitats (e.g., the abyssal/bathyl zones). This course will involve multiple reading and writing activities, student-led literature discussions, and a semester-long literature research project. A weather-dependent field trip to the marine environment is planned to explore the unique constraints of the North Atlantic coast.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 1213 Biology in Practice: Sampling Ocean Water and Sediments
The majority of marine organisms are tiny species floating unnoticed in the water or buried within the sediments. Sampling for these species and their habitats is an often overlooked part of being a marine biologist. In this course we will sample the biotic and abiotic components of the water, identifying and enumerating plankton; and learn how to sample and analyze the sediments in marine systems. Students should be prepared to be outside and in the cold for some labs, and inside, spending hours at the microscope for others.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 2111 Themes in Aquaculture and Fisheries: Fly-Fishing
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to primary skills, tactics, and procedures needed for successful fly-fishing. Instruction will include the understanding of aquatic insect ecology and the relationship this has to the eating habits of fish, fly-fishing rods and reels, fly-fishing line, knots, fly-tying, basic fly-casting, ethical practices and stewardship of all waters. Students will spend time in lecture, presentations, plus field trips to local waterways.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 3111: Themes in Marine Science: Coral Culturing
In this course we will develop coral culturing and propagation techniques. We will also further develop the capacity of the wetlab to support marine courses, feed the coral tank and refine our methods. You will be expected to work 2 hours each week outside of class working within the wetlab.
Prerequisite: BI 2033 or Junior Status
BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Environmental Microbiology
In this course, you will discover the often overlooked but critically important micro-sized organisms in our world. You will identify microbes from their environment, explore the roles that they play in their ecosystem and investigate how an understanding of a microbiome can be used to benefit human activities. Part of the course will involve learning and using techniques commonly used by all microbiologists, for example; culturing microbes in the lab and identifying them according to macro and micro physical aspects, physiological requirements and genetic makeup.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
CL 2881 Topics: Use of Force
Use of Force course is designed for students to learn the principles of Use of Force, review different Use of Force policy’s, case law, and understand who is responsible for review and evaluation of agency Use of Force incidents. The course will utilize problem based training, role-play, lecture, current cases and demonstrations to give the student the skills they need to understand Use of Force in the field of law enforcement.
Prerequisite: CL 1013
EH 3213 Professional and Technical Writing: Communicating for Success
This course examines different methods and frameworks that help define and explain the organizational goals, purposes and strategies in a manner that ignites a sense of purpose and commitment to the mission of an organization. It examines professional strategies and frameworks such as mission statements, provocative questions, annual reports and corporate social responsibility reports, all of which can help define enterprises, whether profit or non-profit as agents of world benefit. The course provides practical skills and learning that will enhance your professional qualifications and strengthen your ability to assist organizations in pursuing social benefit. It will involve working closely with one or more organizations to accomplish the course’s learning objectives.
Prerequisite: CM 1013
ES 2003 Techniques in the Environmental Sciences: Remote Sensing of Environment
This course introduces students to the basics of remote sensing, characteristics of remote sensors, and remote sensing applications in research and natural resource management. Emphasis is placed on image acquisition and data collection in the electromagnetic spectrum, vegetation indices, and image classification.
Prerequisite: ES 2103
ES 2002 Techniques in the Environmental Sciences: Sandtable
The intent of this course / workbook is to assist facilitators in the design and delivery of Tactical Decision Games (TDGS) and Sand Table Exercises (STEX). The first part of this course focuses on the design of specific exercises and use of props, while the second part focuses on delivery techniques that will enhance the success and effectiveness of the exercises. TDGS/STEX properly designed and delivered, will allow EMS, law enforcement, firefighters and other incident command personnel to practice situational assessment, to consider and select courses of action, and to practice communicating those decisions. This is a product of an ongoing training and information exchange between the National Interagency Fire Center and the U.S. Marine Corps University. The Leadership Committee of the NWCG Training Working Team sponsored this project.
ES 2881 TOPICS: Don't Believe Everything You Think
Is organic farming better for the environment? Does big game “trophy” hunting promote conservation? Do vaccines cause autism? Should we be keeping large mammals in captivity? Do GMOs help farmers? Are neonicotinoids killing bees? Are pandas worth the money? In an age of Facebook memes sometimes it’s hard to know what is fact and what is skewed propaganda. In this course we will tackle some current controversial environmental issues and try to figure out together what are the underlying facts. Which specific issues we take on will be up to the students enrolled in the course. Students will be required to actively participate both in and out of class. Be prepared to do your homework and contribute intelligently and collegially to discussions.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
HU 2022 Topics in Humanities: Leadership Qualities and Techniques
This class will present many aspects of leadership; we will focus on, leadership styles, leaders intent, sources of power, team building and management, gathering situational awareness and taking control of an incident, team cohesion, ethical decisions, span of control, communication skills and radio use.
HU 3033 Advanced Topics in Humanities: The History of the Maine Coast
The History of the Maine Coast is an interdisciplinary exploration of the environmental and cultural forces that have shaped the coast of Maine and its inhabitants. Our areas of focus will range from the geologic formation of the coast, the ecological and social impacts of colonization, the rise and reshaping of Maine’s maritime industries, local art and folklore, and the most pressing questions facing the coast today. By considering the natural and human history of life along the Maine shore, we will move toward a larger understanding of why humans have been drawn across time and place to live at what Rachel Carson calls “the edge of the sea.” Learning outcomes include higher-level reading, writing, and research skills with a focus on analysis of primary source documents and artifacts.
Prerequisites: Junior Status or HU 2033
MA 2003: Applications in Mathematics: Nonparametric Statistics
Unlike parametric statistics where a distribution is assumed, usually the normal distribution of the population, nonparametric statistics implies that there is no assumption of a specific distribution for the population. Often referred to as distribution-free statistics, nonparametric statistics deal with both descriptive and inferential statistics of non-normal data. In contrast with their analogous parametric counterparts, more than two dozen nonparametric statistics are among the topics to be explored in this course.
Prerequisite: MA 2243
WF 1882 Topics: Wildlife Tracking
This course will introduce the use of reading wildlife sign in wildlife research and management. We will focus on identification of species and interpretation of behavior based on sign, with a focus on use of this information to inform wildlife ecology. We will also explore some approaches to the use of wildlife sign used in wildlife research, and the role of tracking in wildlife management.
UC 3001 Honors Seminar: Animal Communication
In this course you will gain in depth understanding of animal communication as we advance through the numerous fascinating aspects of this area of animal behavior – always keeping in mind that other animals do not sense the world as we humans do. They flirt with one another using colors in the infrared spectrum, chat using ultrasound and infrasound, and advertise their moods using scents we cannot even begin to describe. In addition to lectures, we will discuss research papers exploring venues of communication (e.g. playing, mating, fighting), modes of communication (visual, sound, scent, touch, electric), evolution of signals, honesty and deception in animal signals, signaling to other species, and more. Plus, you will gain hands-on experience analyzing animal vocalizations using computer sound analyses programs.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status and a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.33
UC 4501 SEMINAR: Carnivore Research and Management in Maine
With help from the peer-reviewed literature, agency reports, student presentations, and guest lectures, students will gain an in-depth understanding of carnivore research and management in Maine. During this course, we will also organize the data collected during the Unity black bear project, design new research questions, and write a research proposal.
Prerequisite: Junior Status and BI 3273 Mammology