EP, NEPA Edition

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017
BIOL 184: Extreme Physiology, NEPA Edition
Fulfills Natural Science Elective Requirement
Offered during Univ. of Scranton Summer Session II
July 10 – August 7; Mon – Thurs, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Open to UofS Students and those from other Schools
Open to High School students entering their Junior and Senior Years (through UofS High Schools Scholars Program)
See links below for Course Info and Application

Extreme Physiology, NEPA Edition, a four-week summer course, introduces students to the enriching outdoor opportunities available in Northeastern Pennsylvania as they learn about the physiology of human performance and the responsible stewardship of Pennsylvania’s beautiful natural resources.

The course, BIOL 184, is a new University of Scranton General Education course with Natural Science (E) designation. It also fulfills a course requirement for Scranton’s Environmental Studies concentration.

Throughout the four-week summer term, students learn first-hand how aerobic training enhances human performance and health, and they do it by training in some of the region’s most beautiful and challenging environments. Click on the EP NEPA Blogs tab above to read about the students’ experiences.

The course is made possible through a partnership between the University and the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW CL).

Biology faculty Terrence Sweeney and Tara Fay, with the assistance of Exercise Science Assoc. Professor Michael Landram, deliver the physiological aspects of the course, including laboratory pre- and post-training fitness testing of the students and themselves, as well as early morning lectures before afternoon workouts.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) Vice President Janet Sweeney, External Lead for the PFW CL, set up an Activity Site and Outreach Steering Committee, whose expertise in serving as stewards of Pennsylvania’s natural resources enable us select the very best sites for the courses training activities – and at the same time broaden the learning outcomes of the course. Sweeney reaches out to Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) regional advisors and parks and forest managers, local land trust preserve managers, and trail groups to arrange the outdoor class activities and venues, to serve as on-site speakers,  and to coordinate class service projects.

Between biking 28 miles from Clarks Summit to Nicholson and back, kayaking on the Susquehanna River and Peck’s Pond, hiking in Ricketts Glen and Lackawanna state parks, and clearing Japanese Knotweed from the shore of the Lackawanna River (to name just a few of the activities), the Summer 2016 EP NEPA students were immersed in the natural resources of the region.

The win-win partnership between Scranton and the PFW CL enable the course to achieve its multifaceted goals

  • educating students about the synergism of nutrition and training in the enhancement of human physical performance and health; and
  • advancing the PFW CL’s core goals of conservation, community, and connections.
    • Conservation – teaching students about how organizations not only conserve and maintain lands, but also why they do the work that they do;
    • Community – engaging students; educating them about the wonderful parks, forests, preserved lands, and trails there are to explore in Northeast Pennsylvania; showing them how they can be stewards of their community;
    • Connections – introducing students to the growing trail network in Northeast Pennsylvania and the people who are working tirelessly to build, maintain, and connect these trails.

Need more info? Contact us, or download the Syllabus and documents via the links below:

Terrence Sweeney
LSC 275; 570-941-7623

Tara Fay
LSC 254; 570-941-4395

Download the Course Syllabus and other course documents here:
Informational Brochure with Costs and Other Info
Extreme Physiology NEPA Edition 2017 Syllabus
Extreme Physiology, NEPA Edition Liability Waiver (Must Accompany Appl.)

BIOL 184, EP NEPA is offered as a Summer Session course, meeting for four weeks, Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 3:30  PM, with the bulk of each day dedicated to outdoor activities, such as hiking, bicycling, running and kayaking. Optional activities, such as whitewater rafting, may be scheduled on weekends. Course enrollment is capped at 10-12 students. Students must apply for enrollment in the course to ensure that they are able to carry out the physical activities that course participation will entail. Students admitted to the course also will have to sign indemnity and hold-harmless waivers, which will indicate an understanding of and acceptance of responsibility for the risks that are associated with course participation.

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