ENS 321 URBAN ECOLOGY 4 S.H.
Worldwide, the majority of people live in cities, and that number continues to grow. Urban systems have an impact on the water balance, climate, coexistence of species, air, food systems and resources, profoundly altering ecological processes and structure. These changes also alter the ecological services that support human life. In this course, we will take an applied scientific approach to learn how environmental management can mitigate these effects, thus improving human ecological support systems in urban and developing environments. The primary goal is to understand ecological processes, biological communities, and ecosystem services as they are affected by urbanization. Emphasis will be placed on building an understanding of how these effects could be managed through planning with a goal of fostering sustainable ecological systems in urban settings. This class includes a required co-requisite lab component.
This course will satisfy the laboratory science requirement of Elon Core Curriculum.
- This course has been approved as a PHS focal area course.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations in hotels.
City 1: Chattanooga, TN
City 2: Atlanta, GA
City 3: Charleston, SC
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
- September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill).
The cost for this program is to be determined.
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Janet MacFall
Environmental Studies and Biology
McMichael Science Building 003H
2625 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Program Leader 2: Nancy Harris
The College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 104B
2112 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244