ENVS 1105. Environmental Studies (3-0-3) An examination of the scientific components of environmental studies, including the interactions of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Primary focus will be on issues related to scientific principles and concepts, human population, global environmental problems (biodiversity and warming), air and water pollution, natural resources and resource management, and the historical, social and political issues related to the environment. (Course fee required.)
ENVS 1105L. Environmental Studies Laboratory (0-2-1) Corequisite: or Prerequisite: ENVS1105. This laboratory complements ENVS1105, Environmental Studies, and uses the scientific method and field and laboratory investigations to explore impacts of and interactions of modern society with the environment. Exercises will emphasize topics such as population, energy, land use, air and water pollution and human impacts on natural systems.
ENVS 1205K. Sustainability and the Environment (3-2-4) This course will challenge students to reexamine their perception about the role of humans in their natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on ways to improve the sustainability of resources particularly through individual life-style choices about food, transportation, water, wastes, and housing. Students will learn how natural ecosystems work and why human societies depend on so much on them. In the laboratory for the course, students will learn to measure their ecological footprint, conduct a personal energy audit, grow healthy food and explore ways to protect local wildlife and their habitats. Field trips will enable students to participate in local sustainability related projects and talk to the visionaries that make these projects a reality.