Higher Education

Lake Forest College, IL

Academic Technology
Connie Corso, Manager, Brown Technology Resource Center
555 N. Sheridan Road.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 735-6124
Center for Interdisciplinary Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

Description of Program

Lake Forest College is a coeducational undergraduate institution located just 30 miles north of Chicago in the small city of Lake Forest, Illinois. The Center for Interdisciplinary Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis is located in the Donnelley and Lee Library at the heart of campus. The Center promotes the integration of GIS in established courses in order to enhance spatial and visual learning. Faculty use the services provided by the Center to create appropriate content and also conduct hands-on workshops in the thirty-seat GIS laboratory. Students use the center to supplement traditional assignments and projects with spatial content.

Course Listing:    

  • Biology 114: Truth and Lies in Medical News
  • Biology 220: Ecology and Evolution
  • Biology 375: Conservation Biology
  • Economics 180: Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business
  • Economics 381: The Economics of Development
  • Environmental 480: Senior Seminar: Environmental Activism: Politics, Participation and the Conflict between Business and Law
  • Psychology 215: Environmental Psychology

Description of Courses

BIO 114
Truth and Lies in Medical News          
Students will learn to critically review health research from a variety of sources including professional and academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers, other media sources reporting on medical topics, and the Internet.  We will apply analytic skills from a variety of disciplines including human biology, medicine and nursing, biostatistics and public health.  Students will be introduced to health research, beginning with application of the scientific method, through study design data collection, quantitative analysis methods, and research reporting.  Topical examples will be drawn from medicine, nursing, nutrition, alternative health care, public health, gerontology, exercise, and general health.

BIO 220
Ecology and Evolution
The roles of ecological and evolutionary processes in shaping life’s diversity are examined. Specific topics may include adaptive evolution, origins of species, reconstruction of evolutionary history, population dynamics and extinction, species interactions, community processes, ecosystem functioning, and conservation.  Lab will include a combination of field research projects and field and laboratory activities. Prerequisites: Biology 120 or a previous college science course.

BIO 375
Conservation Biology  
This course will examine how biological principles and information can be applied to conservation of species, ecosystems, and natural resources. Topics may include endangered species, conservation genetics, landscape and ecosystem-level conservation, restoration, biodiversity in human-influenced systems, and others. This course is scheduled to allow extended field trips and will also include lecture, discussion, and other classroom and laboratory activities. Prerequisite: Biology 220. (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 375.)

ECON 180
Quantitative Methods for Economics and Business     
Distribution analysis, sampling theory, statistical inference, and regression analysis, with emphasis on the application of statistical techniques using spreadsheet software to analyze economic and business issues. Students who have taken this course will not receive credit for any other basic statistics course, including Mathematics 150. (Cross-listed as Business 180.)

ECON 381
The Economics of Development          
Studies the problem of sustaining accelerated economic growth in less-developed countries. This course emphasizes the issues of growth; poverty and inequality; how land labor and credit affect economic development; problems of capital formation, economic planning and international specialization and trade; and the interaction of industrialization, agricultural development, and population change.  Prerequisites: Economics 180 and Economics 210.  (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

ENV 480
Senior Seminar: Environmental Activism: Politics, Participation and the Conflict between Business and Law
Many political groups claim that the Bush Administration has waged an assault on pro-environmental policies and regulations.  This seminar begins with an examination of that claim and explores the material and symbolic goals of environmental activism.  As background, students will review the major environmental statutes, legal cases, and related social movements.   Each week will then be broken down by case study including topics such as eco-terrorism, toxic waste and environmental justice, the Conservative Christian movement to protect “God’s earth.”, the real cost of the Endangered Species Act to business, and others.  The required research project is to prepare a detailed environmental report for a newly elected member of Congress (in the state of your choice).  Your work involves focusing on your own area of expertise (science, economics, or politics) in preparing the report.  You will contact the state’s Environmental Protection Agency, study the environmental history and laws, and recommend policy changes or propose legislation.  Students will be encouraged to send their final papers to politicians, special interest groups, and/or environmental foundations.  (Cross-listed as Politics 480.)

PSYC 215
Environmental Psychology     
Environmental psychology is the discipline concerned with interactions and relationships between people and their environments (including built, natural, and social environments). In this course we apply psychological methods and theories to a variety of issues and behaviors, considering such topics as landscape preference, wayfinding, weather, noise, natural disasters, territoriality, crowding, and the design of residential and work environments. We also explore images of nature, wilderness, home, and place, as well as the impact of these images on behavior. The course is grounded in empirical work, and incorporates observations and experiences in the local environment. No prerequisite. (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 215.)