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Environmental Science - Spring 2017

Global Climate Change

4 credits
Fortner, Sarah
Prerequisite: Math placement score of 2.
This course will examine the science of global climate change and human-introduced climate forcing. It will survey the environmental impacts of global climate change and what this means for the habitability of the earth for humans and other species. Topics will include global climate, stakeholder analysis related to energy use and global climate change, and examining the consequences of rapid climate change. Students will investigate a climate change issue of importance to them (locally, regionally, or globally). The course is designed primarily for non-science majors.

Introduction to Environmental Science

5 credits
Fortner, Sarah
Burgett, Amber
An introduction to environmental science, including concepts used by environmental scientists to frame the study of environmental problems and human impacts on the natural environment and its resources, including climate, water, soils, vegetation, and wildlife. The course is based on content and knowledge from the natural sciences but focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of this content as it relates to environmental systems. The laboratory experience focuses on the tools and methods used by environmental scientists to study the environment, natural resources, and human impacts associated with the extraction and use of resources. ESCI 101B is required for all majors in Environmental Science.  It is also a useful course for any students interested in a better understanding of how the different components of the environment interact with each other. No prerequisites.

ESCI 494
Senior Seminar

2 credits
Phillips, Richard
Prerequisite: Environmental Science major with senior standing.
Students share their capstone experience, involving project work, independent research, or professional experience in environmental science, as part of a broader discussion of existing and emerging environmental issues and problems, methods of analysis, integration of interdisciplinary knowledge, and ethical issues associated with their study.  Students will prepare and present posters pertaining to their capstone experience in a poster symposium.  


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