ENVI 102
Introduction to Environmental Science Spring 2010
Division III
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The field of environmental science considers physical, chemical, and biological interactions in an integrated approach to complex environmental systems. This course introduces students to multidisciplinary scientific methods used to assess and interpret human impacts on the environment. Through hands-on study of several local sites, we probe five global themes: the carbon cycle and climate change; acid deposition; toxic metals; water quality; and waste treatment. Discussions of case studies from other parts of the world illustrate the global analogues of these local studies. Following these group projects, students design and complete independent projects in subjects of particular interest to them.
The Class: Format: two 75-minute workshop/discussion sessions, and one 4-hour field/laboratory session each week
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 3609
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on reports of field and laboratory projects, participation in discussion, and an independent research project
Prerequisites: none; this course is an introductory science seminar, designed for students who have a strong interest in Environmental Science
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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