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Educational Opportunities

"Green" Books at the Hofstra Library.

The following books are available in Hofstra's Axinn LibraryUse the Library Catalog to check for locations and availability.

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living by Trish Riley
  • 50 Simple Steps to Save the Earth from Global Warming by Green Patriot Working Group
  • It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living by Crissy Trask
  • Go Green: How to Build an Earth-Friendly Community by  Nancy H. Taylor
  • Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day by Grist Magazine
  • Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community by Bill McKibben
  • Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community by Thomas A. Lyson
  • The Solution Is You! An Activist's Guide by  Laurie David
  • Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment Friendly Stocks by Jack Uldrich
  • The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen
  • MySpace/OurPlanet: Change Is Possible by Myspace Community, Jeca Taudte, and Dan Santat (Illustrator)
  • Cool Green Stuff: A Guide to Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love by Dave Evans
  • Hey Mr. Green: Sierra Magazine's Answer Guy Tackles Your Toughest Green Living Questions by Bob Schildgen
  • 365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment by Diane Gow McDild
  • Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style by Christie Matheson  

Courses and Clubs at Hofstra Related to the Environment and Environmentalism


BIO 003 Biology in Society
Laboratory and lecture course for non-majors. Evolution, genetics, genetic modification and ecology are taught with a focus on modern agriculture. Labs include basic botany, testing food for genetic modification, bacterial contamination and antibiotic resistance, and the effect of biodiversity on plant growth. Also covered in lecture are techniques for genetic modification of plants and animals, the impact of modern livestock and crop cultivation methods on air, water, the evolution of wild organisms living with crop species and the impact of human behavior on the evolution of viruses. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory.)

BIO 110A Field Ecology
Lectures on species and ecology of selected geographic regions. Techniques of specimen collection, preservation, field identification, and ecological evaluation of study sites are stressed on field trips and in the laboratory.

BIO 114 General Ecology
Lecture and discussion of the basic principles determining the distribution and abundance of populations and species, including ecological tests of adaptation. Structure and relationships at the community, landscape, and biosphere levels. Emphasis on applied topics such as pollution abatement, ancient and contemporary climate change, pest and wildlife management, and human population growth.

BIO 115 Conservation Biology
Lecture and discussion of the basic principles of the conservation of biological diversity. Review of the main causes of extinction events past and present, sustainable development, and the importance of zoological parks and legislation to species conservation.

BIO 275 Advanced Conservation Biology
This course reviews the basic topics in conservation biology and considers in detail advanced topics. Topics include the origin and measurement of genetic, species and ecosystem biodiversity, ancient and contemporary extinction processes, species and ecosystem management, and the political and economic aspects of biodiversity preservation. Students use computer simulations to compare strategies for managing and restoring endangered species and ecological communities. (2 hours lecture, 1 hour recitation.)


PHI 133 - (HP) Environmental Ethics and Ecophilosophy
Exploration of environmental morality as based on the science and metaphysics of ecology. Practical concerns include population and pollution, resource protection and interspecies relations; theoretical issues include the scope and status of ethical significance. A key aim is to clarify and enrich conceptions of the relationship between nature and culture.


GEOL 01: Physical Geological Science
With Professor Bennington or Professor Farmer. A survey of Earth Systems from the core to the atmosphere, including the processes that form natural resources such as energy and water, generate mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes, and regulate global climate.

GEOL005: Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards
With Professor Farmer. Every other Fall. Case studies of the ways that the Earth System threatens humans through natural events such as earthquakes, volcanos, and hurricanes, and the ways that humans threaten the Earth System through water pollution, radioactive waste, and global climate change.

GEOL014: Global Warming and the Science of Climate Change
With Professor Farmer. A seminar for First-year students only. Exploration of the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid earth from the perspective of the climate system; discussion of the feedbacks that govern the carbon cycle with particular attention to human influence on the system.

GEOL033: Environmental Geomorphology
With Professor Bennington. Taught every other Spring. Origin and development of contructional, depositional and erosional landforms with regard to geologic processes (uplift, mass wasting, earthquakes, etc.) and their effect on engineering activities through urban and industrial expansion. Examination and interpretation of features from topographic and geologic maps and aerial photos, considering the criteria neccessary for basic regional planning.

GEOL Hydrology
With Professor Bennington. Taught every other spring. Discussion of surface and ground waters. Hydrologic principles of water movement. Economic importance and water potential of the United States, with particular attention to the problems relating to Long Island. Field trips and laboratory analysis of aquifers.

GEOL140 Paleoclimatology
With Professor Farmer. Taught every other Fall. Parameters of the modern climate system, including solar radiation, planetary energy balance, and general atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Survey of the geologic history of the climate system over tectonic, astronomical, millennial and historical timescales. Investigation of an original research question in paleoceanography and exploration of possible future climate states.

Geology Club
This club open to all Hofstra students meets every Wednesday at 11:30a in Gittleson 162. Meetings include guest speakers about careers in geology, hydrology, and environmental science; planning for geological field trips; and social activities.