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Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that develops scientific and technical means for assessing and mitigating human impacts on the environment. This course provides an overview of the discipline in the context of the interconnected global earth system: the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Students are introduced to scientific methods from physics, chemistry, geology, and biology that are used to examine real-world case studies at global and local scales. Topics may include: climate change, air and water pollution, resource extraction and management, land use change, and their effects on environmental quality, biodiversity, and human health. During weekly fieldwork and laboratory sessions, students gain hands-on experience in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data that can be used to make recommendations for addressing local environmental issues.
Format: lecture/laboratory; Lecture/laboratory; two asynchronous pre-recorded lectures up to 75-minutes each and one 2-hour field/laboratory/discussion/data analysis session each week. Remote students will be able to view pre-recorded field/lab procedures and participate in all data analyses and discussions.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Weekly short quizzes, three exams, homework, two lab reports, participation
first- and second-year students, Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
ENVI Core Courses
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