This fall VCU ENVS is offering a unique 9-credit block in freshwater studies that meets all day on Fridays. The block consists of 3 integrated 500-level topics courses – SCENIC NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY & ASSESSMENT (with Dr. James Vonesh, VCU), STEAM SURVEY METHODS (with Dr. Dan McGarvey, VCU), and VIRGINIA WATER QUALITY ISSUES & CAREERS (with Dr. Joseph Wood, Chesapeake Bay Foundation).
The purpose of block scheduling these courses on Friday is to enable the course to develop a more immersive and integrated curriculum whereby instructors can teach not only course-specific content but highlight the overlap across disciplines. It also facilitates our ability to integrate day- and weekend trips to increase Relevant Experiential Applied Learning. In addition to several Friday day trips, the courses include joint weekend data collection and educational camping/canoe trips (supported by the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program) to a western, central, and coastal plain rivers system.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students; however, space is limited to 18 students.
Enrollment is by the application. Students must enroll in all three courses. The course fee of $350 covers all related field trips.
Here is a video covering the whole thing.
Apply for this program here.