Utah Valley University- Honors Colloquium Research Group
ART 4460- Intermedia Environment/Installation. Wendy Wischer
PRTL 1224- Desert Backpacking, Jenny Hawke
BIOL 5345/5346- Natural History of the Colorado Plateau, Franz Goller
AOCE: Wilderness Writing Program, Nathan Friedman
ARCH 6010: Architectural Design Studio, Ryan Smith
An intensive summer studio for graduate students in the "3+ Program." Studio problems in architectural design and communications at the foundation level.
ARCH 6360. Biomimicry, Ryan Smith, Donald Feener. This graduate level seminar will explore the connections between natural and human design. (PDF)
ARCH 6015: Architectural Design Studio, John Diamond. An intensive semester-long studio. Students collaborated on Rio Mesa Center’s Master Plan.
BIOL 5435: Plant Systematics, Lynn Bohs
Overview of evolution and diversity of vascular plants, with emphasis on identification, phylogeny, and contemporary approaches to problems in classification.
BIOL 5445: Entomology, Donald Feener
This lecture and lab course explores the evolution, ecology, physiology and behavior or insects, the most diverse group of multicellular organisms on earth. Topics covered include the phylogenetic relationships of insects with other invertebrates.
BIOL 5465: Plant Ecology Laboratory Kevin Hultine
A laboratory course with an emphasis on methodologies involved in plant ecology, including vegetation cover, micro-climate, photosynthesis, water relations, and stable isotopes. Course involves individual and group laboratory and computer projects each week. Course includes weekend field trips (desert and forest ecosystems).
BIOL 5395: Advanced Field Ornithology, Dale Clayton
Birds (Aves) constitute the best known class of organisms on earth. This course presents an overview of the enormous body of information on birds, including topics such as the evolutionary origin and early radiation of birds, molecular systematics, form and function, reproduction and development, population and community ecology, behavior and communication and conservation biology.
BIOL 5365 Form, Function, and Adaptation of Plants, John Sperry
This lecture and lab course explores the form and function of plants in relation to their environment. We cover the anatomy and development of plants in the context of photosynthetic physiology, mechanical support, and resource uptake and transport mechanisms. Adaptations to environmental conditions including drought, light, salinity, temperature, and flooded soils are emphasized.
CVEEN 4910 Professional Practice and Design, Larry Reavely
Comprehensive capstone design project. Course designed road improvements for Rio Mesa Center. Final Presentation
CVEEN 6460 Sustainable Urban Water Engineering, Steve Burian
Project-based course focused on planning and designing integrated urban water infrastructure systems for long-term sustainability. Students explore the interactions of human activities and urban water systems at neighborhood to regional scales. Topics include LEED(r), low-impact development, green infrastructure, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement, green roofs, planning water supply for climate variability, water conservation, graywater reuse, and wastewater recycle and reuse. Grey Water System for Rio Mesa
ME EN 7710: Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Eric Pardyjak
Introduction to environmental fluid mechanics focusing primarily on micro meteorological processes occurring in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL). Covers: surface energy budget, basic thermodynamic relationships, basic equations of motion & energy, includiing important simplifications relating to rotation & atmospheric stability turbulence in the ADL (including basic statistics and spectral analysis), ABL similarity theory and dispersion processes. Projects involve utilizing real atmospheric boundary layer data sets.
PRTL 1224: Natural Resources Learning, Federal Lands: Desert Backpacking, John Cederquist
Resource management issues, skills, safety, consumerism, and environmental ethics associated with backpacking in desert lands managed by the BLM. Overnight camping.