Spring 2018 and May Semester 2018
The course offerings below are for Spring 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 Spring 2018
Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2018
TOPICS AND THEME CLASSES FOR SPRING 2018
AR 2113-01- 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
AR 2113-02 Creative Writing: Travel Writing- Global Travel: Place and Politics
In our increasingly digital present, a few mouse clicks can transport you to nearly any location in the world. Through a host of connective tools, the globe may appear fully mapped, interconnected, and readily accessible. What role then, or indeed relevance, does travel writing play in this globalized moment? How has travel writing evolved to meet these new cultural, political, and technological crossings? In this class, we will respond to these questions through the study model writers and original student work. We will consider themes of post-colonial contact, migration, social justice, and cultural witness. Students will then document their own travels through original creative writing—near, far, and literary.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
AR 2103 Art Explorations: Foundations of Digital Design
This course will provide students with a practical and conceptual foundation in the formal elements that underlie visual art and design within an all-digital imaging environment. We will apply the principles of visual organization as they relate to both decorative and illusionary space. Utilizing the latest Adobe CC software students will become conversant with the elements and principles of design. We will focus on CC programs; Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, in a project-oriented environment including logo design, working with image & text, compositing, and website work.
BI 1213 Marine Fungal Endophytes (Biology in Practice Marine Theme)
Did you know fungi live inside of nearly all multicellular beings, even you? Some of these fungi produce interesting and useful chemicals, especially the ones that live inside plants and seaweeds. In this course we will be exploring some of these fungal endophytes while gaining skills with sterile techniques, culture media preparation, microscopy, and seaweed and fungus identification. We will also learn about how to design experiments and analyze data. Students will work in small groups to develop a research project plan that will involve collecting seaweeds and growing the fungi from them to answer an ecological question they generate. The skills learned in this course are widely applicable across majors.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114
BI 1213 Methods in Organismal Imaging (Biology in Practice Biology Theme)
You will learn several compound microscope techniques including phase contrast, dark field, Nomarski Interference contrast, and autofluorescence, and Rheinberg illumination. You will also learn how to take images for figure legends, learn how to measure various data from the images using ImageJ. You will compare samples for light microscope and for Scanning Electron Microscopy and compare the products.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114
BI 2111 Lobster Fishery (Themes in Aquaculture and Fisheries)
This course will primarily explore the present state of the US lobster fishery with a special emphasis on the effect of climate change on the Gulf of Maine. The US lobster fishery is currently experiencing record catches, yet it is unknown how lobster and the surrounding ecosystem will be impacted by continued warming of Maine coastal waters. The Gulf of Maine experiences some of the highest rates of warming on the planet yet our understanding of the potential impact of this phenomenon on coastal biota is lacking. Recent warming has resulted in shifts in geographical distribution of the lobster fishery, though it is lesser known how warming will impact lobster abundance, its ecological niche, and ecosystem components that enhance lobster production. We will additionally explore the historic development of the lobster fishery in the US and its importance to the economy and cultural identity of Maine.
Pre-requisite: BI 1114
BI 3111 Seabirds, Ecology, and Global Ocean Health (Themes in Marine Science)
Each week we will read and discuss cutting-edge seabird-themed research papers on a variety of intriguing ecological topics, including large-scale marine regime shifts, ecological lessons learned from recent seabird tagging studies, risks and benefits of long-distance migration, forage flocks as an ephemeral community microcosm, the surprising reasons behind seabird biogeographic patterns, why individuals matter in ecological studies, the use of seabirds as indicators of ocean health and marine fisheries, and more. Students will take turns giving brief synopses of the week’s paper(s) and leading the discussion. We will also occasionally bring in experts to discuss critical issues in our own Gulf of Maine system.
Pre-requisite: BI 2033 or Junior Status
BI 3236 Vertebrate Museum Techniques (Special Topics in Biology)
This course will provide instruction on museum techniques and also involve discussion of readings concerning the value of museums, museum challenges and endangered species preservation. Class will include active preparation of museum study skins and skulls. Students will learn how to make tags with specimen data, catalog specimens, control pest invasions, preserve specimens before and after preparation, properly store and identify specimens and how to maintain a dermestid beetle colony.
Pre-requisite: WF 1003 or BI 3273 or BI 3283
CL 1882-02 Introductory Furbearer Trapping (Topics)
Introductory furbearer trapping is tailored to CLE majors with regard to learning the necessary components of recreational trapping in order to acquire basic knowledge for proper enforcement in conservation law enforcement duties. Naturally, knowledge of the sport/activity/hobby is of manifest importance for proper enforcement. This class could also be selected as an elective for those demonstrating an active interest. The course is highly interactive and much time will be spent outdoors. The course will encompass many relevant aspects of trapping to include historic traditions; societal interests and evolution of opinions; and basic knowledge of the targeted species, knowledge of laws & regulations, traps; trap preparation; scouting; trapping ethics; preparation of furs; and sales.
Prerequisite: CL 1013
CL 2882-01 Drug Recognition Training (Topics)
This course will study current drug trends in society exposing students to both use and abuse. We will identify drugs and the observable effects on the human body when abused. The students will become familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and be able to differentiate drug impairment with common medical conditions. We will explore the hazards of drug abuse in the working environments that the students are pursuing and identify potential skills to deal with those individuals.
Pre-requisite: Sophomore status
EH 3213-01- Professional & Technical Writing: Science Writing for a Lay Audience
This class is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. We will focus on creating clear and concise prose about scientific research for a non-scientific (general) audience. It is unlikely that many students in this class will choose a career in writing. But it is likely that all will depend heavily on writing in any career – especially in the sciences. The better you write, the better you will do in your career, whatever it may be. Whether working on a news article, press release, scientific journal article, personal letter, memorandum, e-mail message, or a job or grant application (etc., etc., etc.), your aim will be to write clear, accurate prose with vitality and style.
Prerequisite: CM 1013
ES 2003-01 Techniques in Environmental Sciences: Introductory Data Collection and Analysis
In this course, students gain theory and practice with basic data collection and analysis skills. Topics covered include laboratory safety protocols, chemical storage, reading and following standard operating procedures, data acquisition techniques, equipment calibration and maintenance, record keeping, and using standard equipment for collecting and analyzing data. This course is ideal for students in any environmental field.
GL 4011- EES Seminar: Stable Isotopes: Tools For Tracking Human Activities and Environmental Change
During this course students will discover and investigate the power of stable isotope measurements, from materials as diverse as ice, bones, shells, wood, and even air, to reveal the secrets of the past (both recent and distant). Topics covered in this course may appeal to geoscientists, forensic investigators, and ecologists. Students will research and present on topics relating to the course.
Prerequisites: CH 1104, CH 1114, BI 1114, CL 1003 or GL 2003; CH 4034 or CH 4044 or GL 3044 or GL 3223 or GL 3433 or GL 3524 or GL 4003; Junior Status
HU 2021-01- Topics in Humanities: American Literature- Stories of Hunting and Fishing
Generations of Americans have been entertained and informed by our rich literature on the themes of hunting and fishing. The finest examples of our outdoor fiction and nonfiction have always been those that provoke and enlighten as well as amuse and inspire, and which offer at least as much ethical reflection as they do practical advice. In this course, we will explore concepts of American character and identity through the work of men and women who have participated in, and written about, what often are referred to as the “blood sports.”
Prerequisite: CM 1003
HU 2022-01- Topics in Humanities: Diverse Voices in Environmental Leadership
As students and leaders in environmental science and sustainability we can easily get fixated on a few of the dominant writers, thought leaders and inspiring practitioners in the environmental movement. However, we know how important it is to hear and appreciate a multitude of opinions and voices, if we want to discover the best solutions to our challenges. From the community leadership of women in Florida, to the green heroes of Central America and the sustainable farmers of Ethiopia, we can find individuals who, by their ideas or actions, have created positive change in the environmental field and provide us different models for examining and meeting environmental challenges.
Prerequisite: CM 1003
HU 3033-01 Advanced Topics in Humanities: Archaeology of Indigenous North America
In this course, we will trace Native American histories in North America through archaeological findings, oral histories, historical documents, and ethnohistories. We will look at distinct socio-cultural histories throughout time and in different regions. One thematic connection throughout the semester will pertain to cultural landscapes and anthropogenic landscape transformations and management. There will also be a section of the course addressing the archaeology and history of Indigenous communities in Maine. This course will be an intensive exploration into the histories of Indigenous peoples and their landscapes throughout North America, from the earliest archaeological evidence and Indigenous origin stories to present day Native communities.
Prerequisites: Junior Status or HU 2033
MA 2003- Applied Mathematics: Boat Design and Sailing Principles
In this interdisciplinary course, we will be using mathematics and algebraic applications to explore how mathematics has evolved systems of navigation, boat design, and sailing techniques.
Prerequisite: MA 1013
SA 2881-01- The High Tunnel
As high tunnels are a popular way for farmers to “extend the season,” allowing earlier production in the spring. In this project-based class students will plant and manage a 30’x 96’ high tunnel at McKay Farm. Students will conduct applied science research experiments, exploring practical questions of concern to local organic farmers while also supplying McKay Farm with a large spring harvest.
UC 3001 Current Issues of Aquaculture: Conservation, Sustainability and Water Quality (Honors Seminar)
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: Sophomore Status and minimum cumulative GPA 3.33
UC 4501 American Black bear Ecology, Research, and Management (Seminar)
This course will provide students an overview and synthesis of scientific literature pertaining to American black bears (Ursus americanus). The course will cover the evolution, ecology, behavior, conservation, and management of black bears in North America. By the end of the semester, each student will produce a proposal for a SAEF award, senior thesis, internship, field experience, work study, or graduate school.
Pre-requisite: Junior Status
Theme-based Course Descriptions May 2018
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