Our Environmental Studies Program believes that the experience-based field studies courses at Lake Forest are a critical component to any student’s education. Thus, many class sessions are held outdoors. In addition, we take several field trips througout the semester. Our Environmental Studies Program is constantly evolving. This page highlights just a few of our past Environmental Studies field courses.
ES 482: Senior Seminar (2012)
ES 482: Senior Seminar (2010)
The 2010 Senior Seminar (ES 482) blogged about their course, Causes and Consequences of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The blog explores their weekend trip to New Orleans. Many thanks to the Mellon Foundation and the MacKenzie Fund for making this trip possible. Image gallery.
ES 289: Biodiversity and Agriculture
This course provides a foundation of knowledge of agricultural history; an investigation into the present state of food production, distribution, and consumption; and an exploration of the most successful and sustainable agricultural systems for our future.
The course includes the basic biology of crops, concentrating on the diversity of plants that gave rise to the crops in use today. It also looks at changes in ecosystems caused by agriculture and the different types of new ecosystems that agriculture has given rise to. The relationship between agriculture and conservation is an important theme in this course. The course be interdisciplinary, with readings from biology, history, literature, law, economics, sociology, and politics.
ES 201: Integrated Environmental Field Study
Integrated Environmental Field Studies (ES 201) is a field course that is held on Long Island, NY, and northern Vermont during the Summer I semester. See the IEFS Picasa Album for more photos!