ENVS 2100

ENVS 2100

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

In this course, students are introduced to field identification, natural history, and study of plants, animals, and natural systems. This course emphasizes hands-on interaction with nature, recording of ecological phenomena, and awareness and understanding of the natural environment, including ecological concepts (e.g., ecosystem, community, habitat, and niches).   

When Offered Fall.

Fees Course fee: $32 to cover certain meals for weekend trips.
Permission Note Enrollment preference given to: Arts & Sciences and CALS sophomores and higher planning to complete or interested in the Environment & Sustainability major.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one introductory college biology course.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

  • Students will be able to identify and characterize ecosystem types, ecological communities, and habitats in the northeastern region based on key structural features, associated taxa, and the physical environment.
  • Students will be able to identify approximately 200 common taxa of plants and animals in the northeastern region and will understand the natural history of those species and their relationship to the environment.
  • Students will develop an understanding of field research methods and approaches in a variety of ecological disciplines.
  • Students will be able to formulate research questions from field observations, develop a sample design, collect field data, and interpret and discuss their results in relation to research questions.
  • Students will demonstrate equitable collaboration as they design, plan, execute and communicate the results of a field research project.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture, one laboratory, and one field studies. Combined with: NTRES 2100

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 11667 ENVS 2100   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Course enrollment is limited to CALS and Arts & Sciences students planning to complete the Environment & Sustainability major. E&S majors unable to enroll, please complete the E&S course request form https://tinyurl.com/escourserequest.

  • 11668 ENVS 2100   LAB 401

    • TR Rice Hall 300
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Goebel, M

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 11669 ENVS 2100   LAB 402

    • WF Rice Hall 300
    • Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
    • Goebel, M

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18846 ENVS 2100   FLD 801

    • SSu
    • Sep 9 - Sep 10, 2023
    • Goebel, M

    • Su
    • Oct 1, 2023
    • Goebel, M

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    During some of the regularly scheduled Labs, students will travel to field sites to perform research and expand research skills and field experience. Some lab activities require students to walk/hike (or ride in a van) to sites located up to 30 minutes from Cornell campus carrying your belongings in a backpack, often over uneven terrain. Although the walking/hiking is not rigorous, field labs often involve being on your feet for nearly the duration of the lab period. For each 3-hour lab you should carry sufficient drinking water, and a snack (if desired). You must wear close-toed footwear with a strong sole (no sandals or flipflops; hiking boots preferred), and long pants to protect legs from scratches in brushy/thorny habitat). If you have physical or other limitations that make it difficult for you to participate in the course, please contact the office of Student Disability Services (sds_cu@cornell.edu) so that we may work to accommodate your participation in this field-based course