Theme-based Course Descriptions Spring 2020
AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Made by Hand – Experimental 2-D Media
This course is an investigation into the use of non-traditional and experimental materials and techniques to produce two-dimensional artwork. We will investigate how the connotations and associations of the materials used affect the content of the artwork. We will consider issues of scale, repetition, installation and public art.
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. A textbook is required for this course.
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.
Prerequisites: CM 1003 Composition & Communication I
AR 2113 Creative Writing: The Stories We Imagine
In this experiential course, students will learn and improve their use of creative writing techniques, such as metaphor, characterization, and voice. An emphasis will be placed on imagining, creating, and revising stories that are both real and imagined. Working in a productive workshop environment, students will create a modest portfolio of original rough draft and final work in prose, poetry, and playwriting. This course may be repeated for credit if a student chooses a different topic.
Prerequisite: CM 1003 Composition & Communication I
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.
Prerequisites: BI 1114 Diversity of Life
BI 3111 Gulf of Maine (Themes in Marine Science)
The Gulf of Maine, currently warming faster than 99% of Earth’s marine systems, could be considered a ground zero for marine climate change. As such, it provides us with a crucial opportunity to study and adapt to marine changes occurring at a slightly slower pace worldwide. Through selected readings from the primary science literature, we will (1) review key ecosystem components in the Gulf of Maine (including physics, plankton, fish, and marine birds and mammals), (2) investigate how individual components may be directly or indirectly affected by climate change, and (3) consider the potential ramifications of these events to this complex marine system. Most weeks we will all read one or two central pieces covering the week’s theme; students will take turns leading the discussion. We may also occasionally bring in experts to discuss critical issues in the Gulf of Maine system.
Prerequisites: BI 2033 Marine Biology or Junior Status
BI 3263 Equine Biology (Special Topics in Biology)
This course will delve into evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior, disease, zoogeography, husbandry and human-animal interactions – with the horse as our focal subject. Horses and humans have been associated ever since horses were depicted in Paleolithic cave art in 30,000 BCE. Students will gain an understanding of multiple aspects of equine biology and become acquainted with current issues associated with horses, such as the controversy over the management of feral horses in the US Southwest. The class will travel to local horse stables to view optimal housing conditions with the stable owners, observe farriers in action who specialize in draft horse and race horse shoeing, and learn from veterinarians who practice equine medicine.
Prerequisites: BI 3273 Mammalogy or BI 3173 Animal Behavior
CL 2882 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.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status
EH 3213 Professional & Technical Writing: Communication for Impact in Non-Profits and NGOs
This service learning course prepares students interested in non-profit/NGO work to communicate results effectively in relevant media, including grant proposals, reports, websites, presentations, and press releases. They will gain an understanding of the time restrictions, audience demands, and competing voices that both contribute to and constrain accurate and effective communication in non-profits. Whether interested in non-profit program implementation, evaluation, communications, and/or management, students with plans to work in this sector will benefit from learning the technical writing and visualization skills capable of communicating an organization’s Impact (capital ‘I’) to multiple stakeholders (non-profit/NGO staff, government officials, academics, local communities, etc) in user-friendly formats. Students will work collaboratively to generate and edit charts, dashboards, reports, videos, and/or blogs for low-budget environmental/social justice organizations in Maine and beyond.
Prerequisite: CM 1013 Composition & Communication II
ES 2002 Introductory Laboratory Techniques (Techniques in Environmental Sciences)
In this course, students gain theory and practice with basic laboratory skills. Topics covered include laboratory safety protocols, chemical storage, reading and following standard operating procedures, pipetting, solution making, record keeping, and using standard equipment for laboratory preparations. This course is ideal for any student intending to pursue laboratory work.
Prerequisites: MA 1013 College Algebra
GL 4011 Earth and Environmental Science Seminar: Physical Methods in Environmental Analysis
Prerequisites: See Course Catalog
HU 2023 Topics in Humanities: Environmental Anthropology
In this course, we will explore different methods and theories used by anthropologists to study human-environmental relationships. We will review examples of how people interact with and modify their environments across historical time as well as globally in distinct cultural settings. Course materials will include contemporary accounts as well as historical and archaeological studies. We will investigate archaeological techniques and specialties for studying human-environmental dynamics, including paleoethnobotany (study of ancient plants and their cultural significance), dendrochronology (study of tree-rings), and zooarchaeology (study of archaeological faunal remains).
Prerequisite: CM 1013 Composition & Communication II
HU 2023 Topics in Humanities: Ecomusicology & Place
Drawing on research and theory from humanistic geography, environmental communication, and ecomusicology and sound studies, this course will help students understand the role of place (i.e. geographic locale imbued with meaning) in the construction of one’s sense of self-in-place as it relates to the construction of songs and other audio-centric art in the American folk tradition (i.e. jazz, blues, country, and rock genres).
Prerequisite: IC 2223 Environmental Issues & Insights
HU 3033 Adv. Topics in Humanities: Indigenous Archaeology of 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: HU 2033 Intermediate Topics in Humanities or Junior status
UC 3001 Ecoterrorism or Environmental Advocacy? (Honors Seminar)
This seminar will be an in-depth analysis of both the movements using sabotage, direct-action and non-violent resistance in defense of the earth, or animals and of the efforts of law-enforcement to deter, prosecute and punish those who break the law for earth and animal liberation ideologies. We will review primary materials from the cases that made up the “Green Scare,” prosecutions known as FBI “Operation Backfire,” that began in 2007, and included prosecutions for some of the most famous and infamous act of eco-sabotage. Additionally, we will review scholarship and criticism of the use of anti-terrorism laws in this context. This seminar would be well suited to all majors, including conservation law enforcement students looking at federal law enforcement careers, and students interested in environmental policy, social movements, and the range of tactics in use by environmental activists around the country.
Prerequisites: Sophomore Status and Cumulative GPA 3.33
UC 4501 Ecological Modeling (Seminar)
Ecological models are critical tools for integrating natural history, physiological, and ecological information gathered in field or laboratory studies, in order to make long-term predictions for complex ecological systems. In this course, students will learn about the diverse ways in which ecologists use models to simulate and understand the natural world. Students will lead discussions of papers using modeling techniques to study processes at physiological, population, community, ecosystem, landscape, or global scales, using individual, system, spatial, or statistical approaches. Students will leave the seminar understanding the strengths and limitations of models used to understand and solve complex ecological and environmental problems.
Prerequisites: BI 2004 Population and Community Ecology and Junior status
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.
Prerequisite: Junior Status
WF 1881 Topics in Guiding
Students will discuss the relationship between the outdoors, conservation, education and the roll guiding plays in these areas. We will explore the history of guiding and relevant topics in today’s world. The students will be exposed to the process, training and the skills needed to become a Registered Maine Guide.
WF 1881 02 Shelter Animal Behavior and Care
This class will cover an introduction to cat and dog behaviors. Students will learn how to interpret body language, behavior problems and challenges faced in a shelter setting, common behavioral causes of animal relinquishment, strategies for reducing stress and fear in the shelter through enrichment, training, housing and low stress care, and about educating adopters and fosters.