Course Descriptions

ENVR_SCI 201 Earth: A Habitable Planet

Overview of the physical processes governing environmental systems, from lithosphere to hydrosphere to atmosphere. Physical science perspectives on current debates such as those over water resources, energy, and climate change.

ENVR_SCI 202 The Health of the Biosphere

Dimensions of the ecological niche; growth and regulation of populations; interactions among populations; community structure and diversity; conservation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 132 (formerly CHEM 103) or equivalent.

ENVR_SCI 203 Humans and the Environment

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of how humans interact with the living and nonliving parts of their environment. In this course, we will examine current environmental challenges, such as the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable production of energy, and the implications of human population growth. A case study approach will be used to emphasize the processes of scientific inquiry and discovery.

ENVR_SCI 390 Special topics in Environmental Sciences

Lecture course on environmental science topics of interest to students and faculty. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

ENVR_SCI 399 Independent Study

Special problems under direct supervision of a faculty advisor. Comprehensive report required. Open with consent of Program Director.