Seminars and field trips introducing the major global, regional, and local environmental issues facing human societies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Open to all students with second-year, or higher, standing.
Our emphasis in this course is on developing and practicing skills to gather, evaluate, and sythesize relevant information about environmental science. The content topics vary from year to year, and from term to term, and different students will likely emerge with different "knowledge" about environmental topics. The topics below may or may not be included in a particular term.
1. Course Introduction, Learning Outcomes, Education and the Environment
2. Global Climate Change
3. Environmental Values
4. Potable Water Supply
5. Human Energy Use and Energy Sources
6. Local, Regional, and Global Air Pollution
7. Loss of Biodiversity
8. Human Exploitation of Renewable Resources
9. Waste management
10. Politics of the Environment