Environmental Science: Sustainable Systems

This environmental science course is designed to look at a wide range of interdisciplinary topics through a sustainability lens: how to live more harmoniously with nature and how to reduce the depletion of its non-renewable resources. Major topics include climate science, global warming, geological processes, plate tectonics, volcanology, ecological principles, conservation biology, resource management, renewable energy, population impact, environmental stewardship, sustainable development, organic gardening, green living, and environmental politics.

Concepts are presented in lectures, student presentations, and other hands-on activities. Inquiry-based projects are supplemented with lab investigations. Numerous campus walks and studies reinforce the concepts discussed in class, giving students a chance to learn about sustainability issues on our campus. The class will also visit nearby locations like Pennswood Village and Core Creek Park. The curriculum is supplemented by recent articles and other sources to synchronize the course with current environmental issues. Students are assessed on participation in class discussions and activities, as well as by lab reports and through testing.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 3.0-3.0