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Catalog 2013-2014

Below please find the Sterling College course catalog for academic year 2013-2014. Our course catalog is online only, so we recommend that you bookmark this page.

To register, please use the PDF forms for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014.

As a reminder, here is our academic calendar, as well as our academic policies. Additionally, here is where academic forms might be found.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pavel Cenkl, Dean of the College and Faculty.

Title Course Nr. Credits Prerequisites Semester Writing Intensive
Tools and their Applications AS100 1 Fall
Woodlot Practices AS105 2 AS100 Spring
Agricultural Techniques I AS110 2 None Fall
Agricultural Techniques II AS111 2 Spring
Introduction to Tractors and Equipment AS145 2 None Summer
Farm Project AS161 1 Sophomore Status Fall
Farm Project AS162 1 Sophomore Status Spring
Introduction to Draft Horse Management AS168 2 None Summer
Draft Horse Management I: Driving Principles AS174 3 AS168 Fall
Draft Horse Management II: Work Applications AS179 3 AS168, AS174 Spring
Introduction to Rock Climbing AS190 3 None Fall
Livestock Systems Management AS204 3 Summer
Canoe Trip Guiding AS208 3 SS106, SS240 or SS241 Summer
Organic Crop Production AS209 3 None Summer
Farm-Scale Production of Value-Added Food Products AS211A 2 None Summer
Farm-Scale Production of Value-Added Food Products AS211B 2 None Summer
Advanced Flat Water Canoeing AS220 3 Summer
White-Water Canoeing AS222 2 INT100, SS106 Spring
Introduction to Ice Climbing AS225 2 None Spring
Rock Climbing Techniques AS230 3 None Summer
Farmstead Arts AS245 2 None Summer
Independent Study in Applied Science AS250 1 Second Semester Summer
Independent Study in Applied Science AS251 1 Second Semester Fall
Independent Study in Applied Science AS252 1 Second Semester Spring
Wilderness First Responder AS256 4 Spring
Essentials of Bicycles Touring AS270 4 Summer
Seminar in Sustainable Agriculture AS270 1 Summer
Backcountry Climbing in the Northeast AS270B 6 Summer
Trail Running AS271A 2 None Fall
Introduction to Restoration Agriculture AS271B 2 None Fall
Topics in Applied Science: Advanced Cross-Country Skiing AS272A 2 SS111 Spring
Topics in Applied Science: Equine Therapy AS272B 2 Spring
Draft Horse Management III: Farming with Draft Horses AS285 2 AS179 Summer
Permaculture Design AS310 4 None Fall
Mountain Expedition Skills Practicum AS334 2 NS107, SS11, Expedition Summer
Artisan Cheese Program with the Cellars at Jasper Hill AS340 4 Fall, Spring, Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Applied Science AS350 1 Sophomore Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Applied Science AS351 1 Sophomore Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Applied Science AS352 1 Sophomore Status Spring
Livestock or Garden Project AS361 1 AS110, AS111, NS245 Fall, Spring, Summer
Artisan Meat Program: Butchering, Processing, Fermentation and Curing AS380 4 Summer
Lacto-Fermentation: From Plants and Probiotics to Krauts and Tonics AS380B 4 Summer
Special Topics in Applied Science: Farrier Science AS381 3 Fall
Special Topics in Applied Science: Backcountry Skiing AS382 3 Spring
College Teaching Experience AS410 1 Junior or Senior Status, Completion of course with B or better, permission of instructor, application Fall, Spring, Summer
Advanced Independent Study AS450 3 Junior or Senior Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study AS451 3 Junior or Senior Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study AS453 3 Junior or Senior Status Spring
Marine Natural History of the North Atlantic HM/NS/SS372 3 NS107 Fall
College Teaching Experience: A Sense of Place HM/NS/SS410 2 INT100 Fall
Stories and Storytelling HM/SS245 3 Spring Spring 2014
College Learning Skills HM050 1 None Fall
Writing and Speaking to the Issues HM110 3 None Fall
A Reverence for Wood HM215 2 SS111 Spring
Seminar in Food Writing HM216A 1 None Summer
Seminar in Food Writing HM216B 1 None Summer
Black and White Photography HM220 2 None Spring
Writing and Communication HM225 2 SS300 Fall
Literature of the Rural Experience HM226 2 HM110 Summer
Fiber Arts I HM230 3 None Fall, Spring
Spanish I HM235 2 None Fall
Fiber Arts II HM245 2 HM230 Spring
Independent Study in Humanities HM250 1 Summer
Independent Study in Humanities HM251 1 Fall
Independent Study in Humanities HM252 1 Spring
Studio Art: Materials and Techniques in Painting HM255 2 None Spring
Place-Based Writing: Place, Food, Culture, Nature HM270 4 Summer
Bread and Puppet: Art and Activism HM270 6 Summer
Place-Based Arts HM270 4 Summer
Topics in Humanities: Papermaking/Book Arts in Place HM271A 2 None Fall
Topics in Humanities: Pottery HM271B 2 None Fall
Topics in Humanities: We Are What We Tell: Family Stories and Cultural Identity HM272A 2 None Spring
Pottery II HM272B 3 HM271 Pottery Spring
Race and Gender in Images of the American West HM272C 2 Spring Spring 2014
Black River Sketches HM275 3 None Fall
Creative Writing HM320 2 HM110 Fall
Nature Writing HM326 3 HM110 Spring Spring 2013
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM350 1 Sophomore Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM351 1 Sophomore Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM352 1 Sophomore Status Spring
Special Topics in Humanities: John Muir's Range of Light HM380 1 NS107, SS111, Expedition Summer
American Identity and Literature of Nature HM381 3 HM110 Fall Fall 2013
Special Topics in Humanities: Nature, Culture, Consciousness HM382 3 Spring
College Teaching Experience HM410 1 Junior or Senior standing, prior completion of the course with a grade of B or higher, and permission of instructor Fall, Spring, Summer
Senior Applied Research Project III HM445 3 INT440 Fall, Spring, Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM451 3 Junior or Senior Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM452 3 Junior or Senior Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Humanities HM453 3 Junior or Senior Status Spring
A Sense of Place INT100 1 Fall, Spring, Summer
Food Systems INT248A 2 None Summer
Food Systems INT248B 2 Summer
Working Horses, Working Landscapes INT270 3 Summer
Special Topics: Ancestral Lifeways of the Southwest INT380 2 Summer
Senior Project I INT418 3 Senior Status Fall, Spring, Summer
Senior Project II INT419 3 INT418 Fall, Spring, Summer
Senior Applied Research Project I INT429 3 Spring
Senior Seminar INT431 3 Senior Status Spring
Senior Seminar INT432 3 Senior Status Fall
Senior Applied Research Project II INT440 9 INT429 Summer
Environmental Education: Elementary School Outreach NS/SS255 3 None Spring
Research in Tropical Ecosystems: Belize NS/SS363 3 Spring
Research in Tropical Ecosystems: Bahamas NS/SS364 3 Spring
Wildlands Stewardship NS/SS370 3 SS202 Spring
Ecology NS107 3 Fall, Spring
Watershed Ecosystems Analysis NS200 3 NS107 Fall
Environmental Science NS205 3 NS107 Fall, Spring
Human Nutrition NS206 3 NS107 Fall
Animal Science I NS222 3 Fall
Wildlife Conservation and Management NS225 3 NS107 Fall
Natural History of the North Woods NS235 4 NS107 Fall
Forestry NS240 3 NS107 Spring
Soil Science and Lab NS245 4 NS205, NS254 Fall
Independent Study in Natural Science NS250 1 Summer
Independent Study in Natural Science NS251 1 Fall
Independent Study in Natural Science NS252 1 Spring
Biology and Lab NS254 4 Fall
Geology NS260 4 NS107 Fall
Introduction to Climate Science NS272 3 NS107 Spring
Field Ecology and Lab NS301 4 NS107 Fall
Wetlands Ecology NS305 3 NS107 Summer
Field Ornithology NS312 3 NS107 Summer
Field Botany of Flowering Plants NS314 3 NS107 Summer
Animal Science II NS318 4 NS222 Spring
Vertebrate Natural History of the North Woods NS328 4 NS107, NS254-Recommended Spring
Conservation Biology and Lab NS330 3 Fall
Renewable Energy Design and Analysis NS335 3 NS050, NS205 Spring
Natural History of the Sierra Nevada NS342 3 NS107, SS11, Expedition Summer
Natural History of the Southern Rockies NS343 2 NS107, SS11, Expedition Summer
Plant Science and Lab NS346 3 NS205, NS254 Spring Spring 2014
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS350 1 Sophomore Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS351 1 Sophomore Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS352 1 Sophomore Status Spring
Winter Ecology and Lab NS360 4 NS107 Spring
Special Topics in Natural Science: Botany of Cryptogams NS380 3 NS107, NS328 Summer
Fungal Ecology NS380 3 NS107 Summer
Special Topics in Natural Science: Tropical Ecosystems and Culture NS381A 1 None Fall
Special Topics in Natural Science: Agroecology NS381B 3 Fall
College Teaching Experience NS410 1 Junior or Senior Standing, Prior completion of course with a B or better, permission of instructor, application Fall, Spring, Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS451 3 Junior or Senior Standing Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS452 3 Junior or Senior Standing Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Natural Science NS453 3 Junior or Senior Status Spring
Experiential Edication I (Bounder) SS106 3 INT100 Fall
Experiential Education II (Bounder II) SS111 1 INT100 Spring
Exploring Alternative Agriculture SS140 2 None Fall
Work Search SS190 1 None Spring
Environmental Policy and Law SS202 3 NS107, HM110 Spring Spring 2013
Challenge Course I SS207 3 Fall
Economics and the Environment SS210 3 Spring
Small Group Dynamics SS233 2 None Fall
Education and Learning Theory SS240 2 None Spring
Foundations of Outdoor Education SS241 3 SS106 Spring
Seminar in Food Entrepreneurism SS245A 1 None Summer
Seminar in Food Entrepreneurism SS245B 1 None Summer
Independent Study in Social Science SS250 1 Summer
Independent Study in Social Science SS251 1 Fall
Independent Study in Social Science SS252 1 Spring
Special Topics in Social Science: Environmental Justice and Activism SS271A 2 None Fall
Conflict Management, Justice Paradigms, and Mediation SS271B 2 None Spring
Conflict Management, Justice Paradigms, and Mediation SS280 3 Spring
Gender in U.S. Society SS285 3 Spring
Practicum in Environmental Stewardship SS300 6 SS190 Fall, Spring, Summer
Practicum in Environmental Stewardship II SS301 2 SS300 or waiver Fall, Spring, Summer
Challenge Course II SS307 3 SS240 or SS241 Fall
Introduction to GIS SS308 3 None Fall
Land Use Planning SS310 3 SS202 Spring
Small Business Management SS317 4 Spring
Group Process SS320 3 SS233, SS241 or SS240 Fall
Education and Culture SS325 3 Junior or Senior Standing Spring
Experiential Curriculum Design SS330 3 SS240 or SS241 Fall
Leadership and Social Change SS335 3 None Fall
US Agricultural Policy SS337 3 Spring
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS350 1 Sophomore Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS351 1 Sophomore Status Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS352 1 Sophomore Status Spring
Special Topics in Social Science: Community Organizing for Social and Political Action SS381B 3 None Summer
Advanced GIS SS408 3 SS308 Spring
College Teaching Experience SS410 1 Junior or Senior Standing, prior completion of course with B or better, permission of instructor, application Fall, Spring, Summer
Whole Farm Planning SS416 3 NS 245, NS 346, SS 317 or SS 210, SS 327 or SS202, NS 315 or NS 318 Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS451 3 Junior or Senior Status Summer
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS452 3 Junior or Senior Standing Fall
Advanced Independent Study in Social Science SS453 3 Junior or Senior Standing Spring