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  Nature: Ecology of the Planet

AS DEFINED BY ERNEST BOYER in COLLEGE: THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA, p. 96.

All forms of life on the planet Earth are interlocked. No core of learning is complete without introducing students to the ordered yet symbiotic nature of the universe. For this discovery, science is the key. It is through science that students explore the elegant underlying patterns of the natural world and begin to understand that all elements of nature are related.

Beyond the processes of nature, common learning also must include a study of how science and technology are joined and consider the ethical and social issues that have resulted from this merger.

Ed Cell's discussion of Nature.


Some great scientific and nature writers.  These are some of the greatest science writers of the 20th Century.  Much of what they wrote is dated, but even more is timeless and classic, and the quality of their minds and writing abilities is nearly unmatched among most science writers today.  If you have suggestions for any others we could add, please let us know.  The list omits many of the great nature writers of the 18th and 19th Century, including the American, William Bartram (1739-1823).

Authors in chronological order with representative books listed.

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)
            The Wonderful Century: Its Successes and its Failures (1898)
            The World of Life (1910)
            Social Environment and Moral Progress (1913)
John Burroughs (1837-1921)
            Ways of Nature (1905)
            The Breath of Life (1915)
            Accepting the Universe (1920)
John Muir (1838-1914)
            Stickeen (1909)
            My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)
            A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)
William James (1842-1910)
            The Principles of Psychology (1890)
            The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
            The Meaning of Truth (1909)
René Dubos (1901-1982)
            The Unseen World (1962)
            So Human an Animal: How We Are Shaped by Surroundings and Events (1968)
            Beast or Angel: Choices That Make Us Human (1982)
Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989)
            On Aggression (1966)
            Behind the Mirror (1973)
            Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins (1974)
Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)
            Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972)
            Mind and Nature (1980)
            Angels Fear (1988) (with Mary Catherine Bateson)
Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
            The Sea Around Us (1951)
            Silent Spring (1962)
            The Sense of Wonder (1965)
Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)
            The Immense Journey (1957)
            The Firmament of Time (1960)
             The Unexpected Universe (1969)
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)
            The Silent World (1953)
            The Living Sea (1963)
Lewis Thomas (1913-1993)
            The Lives of a Cell  (1974)
            The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
            Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony (1983)
Steven Jay Gould (1941-2002)
            The Mismeasure of Man (1981)
            Bully for Brontosaurus (1991)
            Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin (1996)


Some Web Site Resources:

Mike Brotherton's Blog (astronomy and science fiction intersets)

Science Tatoos

Are world food stocks dwindling?

Are food prices rising around the world?

An article about unrest sparked by rising food prices.

Die Off.

More about carrying capacity.

Optical Illusion [warning. this can be frightening.]

Wet Umbrellas and High Speed Trains.

Have we already reached overshoot?

A walk in a park (Sangchris Lake).

 


Some Examples of courses you might use for this category:

Online Courses:

ENS-463 Our Changing Climate (3)

SOA-428 Culture, Health, and Power (4)  (also institutions category)

MPH-450 ECCE Chemicals and the Citizen. (Global Awareness) (4) (also institutions category)

MPH-478 ECCE Crisis in Environmental Health. (U.S. Communities) (4) (also institutions category)

MPH-408 ECCE Addiction (ECCE Elective) (4) (also institutions category)

MPH-222 ECCE Global Public Health: Population, Poverty and Pollution (Global Awareness) (4) (also institutions category)

MPH-438 ECCE Monsters, Medicine, and Myths (U.S. Communities) (4) (also language category)

SWK-425 Social Work and Substance Abuse (4)  (also institutions category)

CHE-465 (same as MPH-449) Environmentally Toxicology (3)

PHI-313 ECCE  Animals and Human Civilization (ECCE Elective) (4) (also heritage category)

PSY-322 Child Development (4) (also identity category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-323 Adolescence (4) (also identity category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-324 Exceptional Child (4)  (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-326 Family Psychology (4) (also identity category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

SWK-333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4)  (also identity category)

ENS-461 ECCE Geopolitics: Geographical Aspects of International Affairs (Global Awareness) (3) (also institutions category)

PHI-471 Philosophy of Science (4) (also identity category)

 

On Ground Courses:

CHE-315 (same as CLS 315) Introduction to Forensic Science (3)

CHE-321 Chemical Analysis (3) (prerequisite of one year of general chemistry and you must have taken CHE-322 or be taking CHE-322 concurrently)

CHE-322 Laboratory Techniques (1) (prerequisite of one year of general chemistry)

CHE-367 Organic Chemistry I (3) (prerequisite of one year of general chemistry)

CHE-368 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) (prerequisite of one year of general chemistry)

CHE-415 Biochemistry (3 or 4) (prerequisite of Organic Chemistry, which is CHE-367 at UIS)

CLS-402 Introduction to Hematology (2) (Requires instructor approval to register)

CLS-404 Introduction to Hemostasis (1) (Requires instructor approval to register)

CRJ-353 Psychology of the Offender (3)

HIS-439 American Agricultural History (4) (also heritage category)

PSY-302 Research Methods in Psychology (4)  (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite)

PSY-321 Life-span Developmental Psychology (4)  (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite)

PSY-323 Adolescence (4) (also identity category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-324 Exceptional Child (4)  (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-339 Psychology of Gender (4) (also identity category) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

PSY-351 Abnormal Psychology (4) (intro to psychology, which is PSY-201, is a prerequisite) (you need to get permission from the psychology department before you’ll be allowed to register, so they can keep most of the seats for their department’s students and just allow a few LIS students into this class when the psychology students haven’t filled it up.)

SWK-333 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4)  (also identity category)

BIO-351 Organismal Botany (4) (you should already have some biology experience at the college level before taking this course)

BIO-371 Principles of Ecology (4) (you need to get permission from the Biology professor in order to get into this class. You’ll need to have had some experience with biology and the class will need to have some spots left after all the biology majors who want this course have signed up)