Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2019
AE 1883 Introduction to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding, Avalanche Safety, & Snow Science (Trip 2/8-2/10)
This course is designed for students who want to develop the hard skills and techniques of backcountry touring, travelling safely in avalanche terrain on skis or snowboards, and snow science. Topics will include: how to utilize backcountry touring equipment, trip planning, route selection, uphill and downhill techniques, terrain selection, decision making, interpreting forecasts, search and rescue techniques including use of transceivers and probes, and snow science. Course will combine classroom skills and field time. Course follows AIARE Guidelines. Trips will occur within the course timeframe and hours will vary week to week with snow pack into early Spring.
Pre-requisites: Winter Pursuits 1 and Instructor Approval. Intermediate ski/snowboard ability (comfortable on Black Diamonds in resorts). Participants must also be fit enough to spend most of the day hiking uphill with a moderate sized pack on.
AN 2883 Introduction to Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of past human experiences, societies, and material culture. Throughout the semester, we will review archaeology field and laboratory methods as well as theoretical frameworks for interpreting findings from archaeological sites. Archaeology is carried out all over the world, and we will explore the archaeological record both globally and locally, including archaeological findings from Maine and New England.
AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Printmaking
This course will provide an introduction to various printmaking methods through monoprints, screenprinting, block printing and experimental processes. Historical and contemporary print imagery will be examined throughout the class as a means for the student to understand the range of expression possible through printmaking.
AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Creative Scientific Imaging
In this studio course students will explore tools utilized historically for scientific research and imaging as well as organic processes. Students will gain experience in using these tools for creative expression and experimentation. Students will have access to tools including digital cameras, desktop scanners, trail cams, macro lenses, microscopes, and others, as well as experience tools such as drones. We will investigate both historic and contemporary image-makers for inspiration. Computer software programs will be used to organize and process image files. Students will have the opportunity to design and pursue a long-term individual project.
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.
AR 2113-02 Creative Writing: Hybrid Forms
This course will explore questions of generic hybridity. We will put pressure on the broad genre classifications of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by studying model texts that explicitly blur these lines. Students will consider the question of genre’s relationship to the reading experience, and experiment with different types of formal juxtaposition. We will consider the creative potential, and potential risk, of manipulating form, mode, and media in literary works. Students will expand their range of creative expression and design, edit, and refine original hybrid writing projects.
AR 2113-03 Creative Writing: Drafting Doomsday
In this course, students will create, critique, and revise fiction that takes place in pre- and post-apocalyptic realities: landscapes of runaway climate change, artificial intelligence, and global pandemics. Through generative writing exercises, class discussion, and assigned readings from a growing canon of doomsday literature, students will learn to identify and deploy universal elements of craft, including characterization, structure, narrative time control, and dialogue. Students will use these skills to produce an original collection of world-ending work. As a workshop-styled course, a significant portion of class time will be given to analyzing peer writing and offering constructive criticism.
BI 1213 The History and Future of Antibiotics: From Life-Saving Medicine to the Spread of Superbugs (Biology in Practice)
Although Alexander Fleming is credited with the discovery of the first antibiotic penicillin in 1929, people have been treating bacterial infections with everything from moldy bread to potent mixtures of wine, onion, and gallbladder since medieval times. However, since the golden age of antibiotic discovery (1930 – 1950), when over half of the antibiotics we use today were discovered, bacteria have been evolving resistance to these medicines. The rate of development of resistant bacterial strains has now outpaced the discovery of new antibiotics. Through reading and discussing both popular and scientific literature, we will trace this history of antibiotics, learn how antibiotics work, how resistance develops, and look towards the future of treating bacterial illnesses. In the lab, we will learn a variety of lab skills, attempt to isolate antibiotic compounds from fungi and test their effectiveness against common bacteria, and communicate those results in a scientific format.
Prerequisite: BI 1114
BI 2111 Diversity of Salmonids (Themes in Aquaculture and Fisheries)
The salmonids include the salmon, char, trout, whitefish, and graylings. These fishes are some of the most iconic and popular fish species on earth with some of the most interesting and pliant life histories. Many members are endangered or imperiled in much of their native range yet in other parts of the world introduced salmon can devastate native fauna. The largest global salmon fishery in the world occurs in US waters and is under threat from mining and other pressures while our local salmonid, the endangered Atlantic Salmon continues to persist in historically low numbers. Dams, expanding salmon farming, lowering and warming waters all put increasing pressures on this remarkable group. In this course we will explore global diversity of salmonids, assess present status, and examine best practices for continued persistence. Optional field trip.
Prerequisite: BI 1114 Diversity of Life
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.
Prerequisites: BI 2033 Marine Biology or Junior Status
BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology: Wetland Ecology & Restoration
In this course students will discuss all aspects of wetland ecology and restoration, including soils, hydrology, vegetation, wildlife, regulations and design. Class discussions will form many of the assignments. Students will also work in groups to develop all essential components of a wetland restoration plan.
CL 2881 Use of Force
The 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
CL 2882 Drug Recognition Training
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.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status
EH 3213 Professional & Technical Writing: Communication for Personal & Organizational Success
This course examines different methods and frameworks that help define and explain the meaning of success personally and organizationally. By examining different concepts each student will identify and explore in writing their own understanding of success and ways to reflect that. Building from that, we will also look at organizational goals, purposes and strategies and how that ignites a sense of purpose and commitment to the mission of an organization. We will examine and practice communicating professional communication strategies and frameworks to promote success for an organization such as mission statements, provocative questions, social media, and assessments. 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.
ES 2881 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 2023-01 Topics in Humanities: Food and Culture
This semester we will explore the significance of food in diverse cultural communities around the world and throughout history. Connections between food and gender roles, cultural symbolism, identity, politics, and economics are among the different themes that we will discuss. We will also review how food impacts subsistence strategies, landscape design, sustainability, and human-environmental relationships. This course includes a variety of perspectives to better understand connections between food and culture, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, and history.
HU 2023-02 Topics in Humanities: Happiness and Nature
In this course, students will explore the connection between the natural world and human happiness through lecture, discussion, weekly outdoor excursions, and original creative work. As we walk through the woods on a snowy day, work in fresh soil, or simply enjoy the peaceful sounds of goats nibbling on hay, we will put ourselves in the shoes of writers, philosophers, artists, scientists, yogis, and others who have looked to nature for inspiration and fulfillment. When we return, we will debate and discuss the broader concepts contained within past and current definitions of “nature” and “happiness”. What is the essence of this connection – is it personal or universal? Is there a scientific basis? What implications does this have for modern society? What implications does this have for each of us?
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.
MA 2003 Applications in Mathematics: Introduction to basic multivariate statistics
This theme-based course will review univariate or one variable statistics, bivariate or two variable statistics, and explore the topic of multivariable statistics. From simple 1-sample, to 2-sample, to 3 or more sample statistics; we will study regressions (linear, curvilinear, and multiple); ANOVAs and MANOVAs (Multivariate Analysis of Variance); along with principal component, factor, and cluster analyses.
Prerequisite: MA 2243, Elementary Statistics.
SA 2881 Cold Season Harvest
Farmers and gardeners in cold climates are using a variety of techniques for extending the growing season. In this course, we will use the college’s high and low tunnels at McKay Farm to demonstrate year-round production. We will mix our own potting soil, start seedlings, and plan garden plots for multiple seasons. Students will also learn everything they need to know to grow their own summer gardens.
UC 3001 The Idea of Wilderness: Literature, Philosophy, and Law (Honors Seminar)
Thoreau admonished that “In wildness lives the preservation of the world.” This seminar seeks to critically explore the idea of wilderness from our Paleolithic past to the present moment through the lenses of literature, philosophy, and law. Through the examination of foundational texts and thinkers, students will interrogate our perception of wilderness, our relation to it, and our attempts to preserve and manage it though mechanisms such as the Wilderness Act of 1964.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Status and Cumulative GPA 3.33
UC 4501 Seminar: Understanding the Global Amphibian Extinction Crisis (Seminar)
As a group, amphibians are among the most endangered of all vertebrates on Earth. The causes of decline are numerous, including habitat loss and degradation, pollution, disease, over collection and climate change. In this seminar course, students will critically read and interpret articles from the primary literature on amphibian declines. Students will also lead discussions and make presentations to the rest of the class.
Prerequisite: Junior status