May Semester 2018 and Fall 2018
The course offerings below are for Fall 2018. Theme-based course descriptions are also listed. A comprehensive list of courses offered at Unity College is found on The Unity College Catalog (2017-2018).
Unity College Courses for Fall 2018
Theme-based Course Descriptions May 2018
NOTE: The payment deadline for May courses is May 1.
AR2103 Art Explorations: Digital Media Project in Curacao
This course offers students an immersive experience in the documentation and interpretation of their Curacao experience. Students will work with audio and visual equipment to fully document their tropical adventure. Students will become familiar with and gain experience with professional-level software to organize, edit, and transform their media into digital stories.
Corequisites: BI 3263 Special Topics in Tropical Marine Ecology
Schedule: May 14-15 on Campus, May 16-29 Curacao, May 30 – June 1 on Campus
BI 3883-01 Special Topics in Tropical Marine Ecology
Ecology of Curacao and its surrounding marine areas. Qualifies as an Academic Field Experience. Students will study the natural history and ecology of Curacao and its surrounding marine areas. Curacao is in the Caribbean and as such its ecology is very different to that of Maine. Students will visit coral reefs, mangrove forests, and National Parks to study the different habitats within the island
Pre-requisite: BI 1114 Diversity of Life
Corequisites: AR2103 Art Explorations: Digital Media Project in Curacao
Schedule: May 14-15 On campus, May 16-29 Curacao, May 30 – June 1 on Campus
Fee: $1000.00 ($600.00 Non-Refundable Deposit due by Jan. 23, 2018)
CL 2883: Topics: Exploring National Parks, Forests and Refuges in Wyoming
This travel course will visit Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge and Bridger Teton National Forest in Northwest Wyoming to explore the differences between the agencies and how they operate. Students will have an opportunity to meet with employees, biologists, rangers and law enforcement officers to understand the different positions that work together to achieve their mission. Students will have an opportunity to explore the federal land by hiking in Yellowstone NP, wildlife viewing in Elk Refuge, rafting the Snake River through Grand Teton NP, and horseback riding adjacent to Wilderness Land in Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Schedule: May 14-21 face to face, May 22-June 01 remote learning
Fee: $800 ($350 flight deposit)
CL 2893-01 Advanced Search and Rescue
This field-based course will cover advanced search and rescue techniques in a practical form with a focus on the Incident Command System. Students will learn how to apply the incident command system to a large-scale search and how the Maine Warden Service manages major events as charged under state law. The class will learn various search methods and techniques including hasty searches, grid searches, K9 searches (air, evidence, and tracking), and aircraft searches with use of both map and compass as well as GPS units and mapping software. The students will also be expected to apply their skills in the field, culminating in a large scale search scenario. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to discuss the Incident Command System and the various types of search methods and demonstrate how to apply them.
Prerequisites: CL 1003 Introduction to Conservation Law Enforcement or AE 1061 Map and Compass
Schedule: May 14 – May 21 and June 1 online, May 22 – May 30 on Campus
ES 2022-01 Topics in Natural Resources: Sustainable Ecotourism and Ecosystems in Ecuador
This course is designed to establish a student-based research project in Otongachi Ecuador in order to study tropical ecosystems, along with sustainable agriculture and ecotourism. This project is based on, and will extend, research conducted by our host the Otonga Foundation of Ecuador and others. During our time in Ecuador, students will: identify local flora and fauna and understand their relationship to changes in the climatic conditions in the rainforest; understand common forest conservation and preservation practices in Ecuador compared to those in the USA; become comfortable conducting research in tropical forest environments; and explore the social, environmental and economic factors that drive local lifestyles in Ecuador .
Instructors: Zach Smith and Tom Mullin
Enrollment Cap: 14 students
Course dates: May 22-31, 2018
Course Fee: $1250.00
HU 2032-01 Introduction to the Blue Humanities: A Hurricane Island Intensive
The blue humanities is an emerging field of study that suggests, as historian John R. Gillis writes, “We have come to know the sea as much through the humanities as through science.” This framework asks us to utilize everything from marine archeology to literature and oceanography to coastal history in our attempt to understand the human relationship with both the sea and the shore. Introduction to the Blue Humanities will take place on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay in partnership with the Hurricane Island Foundation for Science and Leadership. Our primary areas of focus will include: 1) coastal Maine history and Hurricane Island archeology; 2) island and marine ecology; and 3) creative nonfiction writing about place. Planned activities include island hikes, an afternoon on the waters of Penobscot Bay, and field work in the island’s intertidal zone exploring the diversity its coastal marine habitats. By considering the natural and human history of life along the island’s 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” — and perhaps even more importantly, how our subsequent human impacts have influenced coastal ecosystems.
Instructor: Anne Bardaglio
Enrollment Cap: 15 students
Course dates: May 14-24, 2018
Course Fee: $570.00
Theme-based Course Descriptions Fall 2018
AR 2103-01 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 2113-01 Creative Writing: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Workshop
In this course, students will write, revise, and critique prose writing in the form of fiction and creative nonfiction. A significant portion of class time will be structured around the “creative writing workshop” model, in which the students learn to analyze and offer constructive comments on one another’s work. Through exemplary reading followed by class discussion and directed exercises, they will learn to identify, analyze, and manipulate such nearly universal storytelling elements as structure, theme, character, foreshadowing, dialogue, metaphor, and imagery. They will apply these skills to the composition and revision of several prose works of their own.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
BI 2111-01 Current Issues of Aquaculture: Conservation, Sustainability and Water Quality (Themes in Fisheries and Aquaculture)
This course investigates the concept of sustainability and the connections between environment, aquatic organisms, and culture of aquatic species globally. Current practices, animal biology and health, near-shore ecosystem conservation, water quality, and strategies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture for food production and species conservation. Each week we will investigate a current issue in global aquaculture: In the form of reading scientific papers, discussions and speakers- students will be immersed into every aspect of the selected issue.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114
BI 3111-01 Sea Turtle Biology (Themes in Marine Science)
In this themed course the biology of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and other marine organisms may be covered. Topics will include their physiological adaptations to marine life and their ecological role(s) within their ecosystems. This course may be repeated for credit with a different theme.
Pre-requisite: BI 2033 or Junior Status
BI 3263-01 Field Methods in Wildlife Health and Disease (Special Topics in Biology)
Students will learn the practical skills and underlying theory needed to collect samples and understand health and disease in free-ranging wildlife. About half of the course will be dedicated to a series of necropsy practicals using predominantly wildlife specimens. Students will learn necropsy technique, sample collection and proper procedures to safely handle and submit diagnostic samples. The remainder will focus on the fundamentals of understanding the role of diseases in wildlife populations, the relevance of disease to wildlife management and some case studies on important or foundational wildlife disease issues (e.g. major waterfowl diseases, chronic wasting disease).
Pre-requisite: BI 3273 or BI 3283 or BI 3204; Junior Status
CL 2883-01 Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement (Topics)
The Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement Class is designed to prepare individuals physically for the rigor a career in conservation Law Enforcement. With the completion of this course and commitment to a fitness program, individuals will be ready for the academy’s physical challenges and a career in law enforcement.
Pre-requisite: CL 1013
EH 3213-01 Professional & Technical Writing: Nonprofit Organizations
This course prepares students for professional writing in their disciplines by developing skills in writing, editing, graphics, document design, and the management of information, data and other resources. This course introduces the grant-writing process as a means of funding for nonprofit organizations. Successful grants require finding appropriate potential funders, knowing and being able to communicate passionately about the organization’s mission and vision, and developing the right stories to match the organization1s objectives. Students will be involved in planning, researching, developing, organizing, writing and submitting a grant on behalf of a nonprofit. Time will also be spent introducing the student to Appreciative Inquiry to help strengthen organizational processes and to the nonprofit sector and the significant impact it has, both in terms of the economy and as a potential career choice.
Pre-requisite: CM 1013
HU 2023-01 Topics in Humanities: Animals in Human History
This course will explore the evolving relationship between humans and animals from prehistory to present. About half of the course will focus on our biological and ecological interactions: domestication, disease, invasive species, and animal resource consumption. About half will focus on our social and economic interactions: hunting, farming, pet-keeping, and animal welfare. We will examine how both evolutionary and cultural factors have shaped the ways we live with animals and the ways they live with us. Along the way, we will wrestle with several big questions. What can the humanities and sciences offer each other when it comes to understanding human-animal relationships? What contemporary problems surrounding those relationships might we solve by allying the sciences and humanities? What historical contexts have given rise to capitalism, colonialism, and industrialism – and how have these developments shaped human-animal interactions? Do animals’ own perspectives on the world matter ⎯and why or why not?
Pre-requisite: CM 1003
HU 2033-01 Intermediate Topics in Humanities: Literature of the Anthropocene
In addition to presenting a profound environmental problem, the climate crisis poses unique challenges for the imagination. How do we (re)conceive humans’ relationship to the planet? How can we tell stories of deep time and global interconnection, and how do these stories reflect our conceptions of nature/culture? In this class we will study how literature has evaded and approached this new geological era. Students will read literature in multiple genres as a means of understanding our anthropocentric present, and in turn, consider what the Anthropocene may mean for the future of literature.
Pre-requisite: CM 1013
UC 4501-01 Advanced Data Analysis using Program R (Seminar)
Students will learn to use Program R to answer biological questions using techniques dictated by student need, likely including some combination of multiple linear and logistic regression, simple multivariate techniques, and/or simulation-based analysis. Projects will involve investigations of students’ own data, simulated/canned datasets, and data provided by faculty. Recommended for students completing thesis projects, though all are welcome.
Pre-requisite: Junior Status