ENVS 3020

ENVS 3020

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Taught by an artist and scientist, in this experiential, place-based field course, students will engage in a range of interdisciplinary practices to understand and interpret ecological systems and land use issues using artistic and scientific approaches. The core of this course will be based on weekend field trips to diverse sites in the Finger Lakes Region of New York with varied cultural and ecological significance. Sites include Cornell's Biological field station at Shackelton Point on Oneida Lake, Arnot Forest, and several art museums. Immersive stays will allow students to gain a deep understanding of place along with uninterrupted time to work on creative projects independently, in groups, and as a class. Students will gain an understanding of the history of creative interventions and performance in the landscape, as well as scientific approaches to engage with and conceptualize Earth's topography and natural phenomena. Students will have the opportunity to interact with various visiting scientists and artists who are leaders in their fields. Lectures, readings, fireside chats, critique, and interdisciplinary experiences will contribute to students' development. The final product of this class will be an art exhibition at the Soil Factory, an interdisciplinary art space in downtown Ithaca.

When Offered Fall.

Fees Course fee: $50 to cover certain meals for weekend trips.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: At least one of the following: a studio art class, a college-level biology class, a visual studies class, an environment & sustainability class, or permission of instructor.

Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

  • Interrelate field study, scientific research, cultural and artistic practices to deepen a sense of place.
  • Design, conduct, and present site-specific research and artwork.
  • Illustrate knowledge on a wide range of current topics in environmental studies while broadening aesthetic and sensorial capacities to respond to and bolster field-based scientific research.
  • Name, describe and critique the work of a diversity of international artists and scientists who exemplify a holistic study of nature, sustainability, and humanities while learning about the strategies and critical concepts they employ in their work.
  • Gain new perspectives to diversify approaches to students' discipline-specific problems.
  • Use shop tools and/or software for the creation of artwork.

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  •   Seven Week - First.  Choose one lecture, one laboratory, and one field studies. Combined with: NTRES 3020

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18201 ENVS 3020   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Course fee: $50 to cover food for weekend trips. Details will be discussed during the first class.

  • 18202 ENVS 3020   LAB 401

    • F Fernow Hall G24
    • Aug 22 - Oct 7, 2022
    • Davidson, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18203 ENVS 3020   FLD 801

    • FSSu TBA
    • Aug 22 - Oct 7, 2022
    • Davidson, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Preference is given to CALS and Arts & Sciences students planning to complete the Environment & Sustainability major. If you are interested in this course but unable to enroll, please complete the E&S course request form: https://tinyurl.com/escourserequest.