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ES118:  Environment and Society
ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
ES233: Environental Policy
ES336:  Endangered Species Policy and Practice
ES493:  Environmental Policy Practicum
Course Projects
State of Maine:  An Environmental Assessment
Atlas of Maine

I teach or co-teach a range of introductory, advanced, required, and elective courses for the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College. To view a course page, click a quick link on the left, select from the jump menu, or click on a link from a course summary below. The Environmental Studies Guides for Minors and Majors describes how these courses fulfill different requirements for the Environmental Studies Minors and Majors. The Colby Catalogue has additional information about courses and requirements.

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ES118: Environment and Society. An interdisciplinary course focusing on the human relationship with and impact on the environment. A look at some of the environmental problems that have arisen as a result of the growth of society in various areas of the world. The causes of each problem, methods for investigating the problem, and possible solutions investigated from a scientific and a public policy perspective. Lecture and discussion. View course page (new window).

ES212: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing. A comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems and remote sensing digital image processing. Topics include data sources and models, map scales and projections, spatial analysis, elementary satellite image interpretation and manipulation, and global positioning systems. Current issues and applications of GIS are discussed with emphasis on environmental topics. Students develop and carry out independent projects using GIS. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. View course page.

ES233: Environmental Policy.  A comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction to the process and challenges of developing, implementing, and evaluating environmental policy. The role of costs and benefits, uncertainty and risks, science and technology, and attitudes and ethics are explored. Historic and contemporary case studies are used to examine major institutions and actors, laws and regulations, incentives and enforcement approaches, and their role in addressing our nation's most pressing environmental problems. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 118. View course page. 

ES336:  Endangered Species Policy and Practice. Political, social, economic, and cultural issues in the conservation and management of endangered species. Topics include ecosystem management, laws and institutions, human-wildlife conflict, attitudes and ethics, community-based conservation, and complexity. Case studies and interdisciplinary methods and approaches used to conserve endangered species are introduced. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 118 or Biology 271. View course page.   

ES493:  Environmental Policy Practicum.  An in-depth analysis of current issues and policies affecting the environment. Students work individually and collaboratively on a project with a common theme and are assigned unique roles as researchers, editors, and technical coordinators. Reading and discussion of primary literature is augmented with invited speakers, field trips, and student presentations. Prerequisite: Senior standing as an environmental studies major with a policy concentration. Four credit hours. View course page. 

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Philip Nyhus, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Program, Colby College 5358 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine, 04901 USA
T: 207-859-5358; F: 207-859-5229; Email: pjnyhus@colby.edu
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