Monday, November 3, 2014

A Message From ENVS Director, Prof. Noah Snyder

Dear Environmental Studies minors,

I hope you are all having a great fall. We are approaching time to register for courses for next semester. Below are some important items that you need to know about the registration process.

1. Seniors
ES minors graduating in 2015 need to take Environmental Seminar (ENVS4493). The course is only offered to senior ES minors. (If you plan on graduating in the fall of 2015, you must take the seminar this spring.)  This year, we are offering the course in two sections at different times (both in Devlin 201):
ENVS449301, TTh 10:30-11:45, Prof. Tara Pisani Gareau
ENVS449302, TTh, 12:00-1:15, Prof. Gabrielle David
Also for seniors, you need to make sure you have done all the 20 required credits for the minor by the end of next semester. If you have questions about the requirements, first check the website, and then get in touch with ESP grad assistant Kevin Brown (at this email or in Devlin 213) or any of the other contacts listed at the bottom of this email. The rule with respect to double counting courses has changed slightly: at least 15 credits must be used solely for the ES minor requirements (i.e., 5 credits can be shared with requirements for your major or the university core). Also note that the Student Services computer system may not apply this rule correctly, so you should check your degree audit carefully.

2. Foundation Policy courses for next semester:
Environmental Management (MGMT2145) w/ Prof. W. Stevenson, TTh 3-4:15
Environmental Law and Policy (UN2256) various profs, various sections
Environmental Economics (ECON2278) w/ Prof. G. Olcum, MW 4:30-5:45

3. Environmental Systems courses for next semester (2 credits each)
We are offering Environmental Systems: Water Resources (EESC2203 and lab EESC2213) with Prof. Gabrielle David, which meets for the first half of next semester, and Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone (EESC2204 and lab EESC2214), with Prof. Rudi Hon during the second half of the semester. The lecture for both is MWF at 12. We are also offering Environmental Systems: Oceans (EESC2206 and lab EESC2216) with Prof. Gail Kineke, which meets for the first half of next semester, and Environmental Systems: Climate Change (EESC2205 and lab EESC2215), with Prof. Jeremy Shakun during the second half of the semester. The lecture for both is TTh at 1:30. You can register for one or both courses that are taught in each time slot. Please note that the Student Services computer system does not allow you to register for two courses offered during the same time slot (even though in this case they will not meet at the same time during the semester). To register for both courses, register for one (and its lab) normally, and then email Mary McCrosson ( in Student Services and request that she register you into the other course and lab section.

4. Electives
Here are a few other interesting courses that you might want to check out, several of which are new this semester. All of these will count as electives for the ES minor:
Sustainable Agriculture (ENVS3315) w/ Prof. T. Pisani Gareau, TTh 4:30-5:45
Environmental Ethics (PHIL5534) w/ Prof. D. Storey, TTh 10:30-11:45
Feast or Famine? Food and the Environment (HIST2505) w/ Prof. K. O’Neill, TTh 12-1:15
American Environmental History (HIST4890) w/ Prof. J. Spiers, MWF 11-11:50
Quantitative Methods in Environmental Economics (ECON3392) w/ Prof. G. Olcum, MW 6-7:15
Environmental Oceanography (EESC3380) w/ Prof. G. Kineke, TTh 9-10:15

Of course, there are many other elective options, please consult the minor page for more information. As a reminder, note that all Earth and Environmental Sciences (including ENVS2202-2208) and Environmental Studies (ENVS) courses can count toward the ES minor elective requirements.

5. Advising
If you have any questions, please be in touch with Prof. Tara Pisani Gareau, Prof. Gabrielle David, Kevin, or me. Our office hours are listed below:

Graduate Assistant: Kevin Brown
Devlin 213
M W 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., T Th 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Professor Noah Snyder
Devlin 320
Wednesdays 10:30-noon, Fridays noon-1:30, and by appointment

Professor Gabrielle David
Devlin 301B
M W 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., T 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.and by appointment

Professor Tara Pisani Gareau
Devlin 203A
Th 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and by appointment

Have a great rest of the semester.

Noah P. Snyder
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Boston College
Devlin Hall 213
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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