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  • CAS GE 530: Forest Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107; and CASBI303 or CASBI306, or consent of instructor.
    The major biotic and abiotic factors influencing forest ecosystem composition, structure and function. Role of solar radiation, hydrology, soils, succession, and management of forest ecosystems. Includes New England case study. Three hours lecture plus discussion. Also meets with CAS BI 530.
  • CAS GE 533: Risk Assessment
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 107 and CAS MA 213; or consent of instructor.
    Investigates the science behind regulation designed to protect people from environmental hazards, through a practical focus on chemical hazards. Students develop a working knowledge of the risk assessment process and perform simple risk assessments for chemicals in the environment.
  • CAS GE 550: Modeling Environmental and Social Systems
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 375 and CAS EC 414; or consent of instructor.
    Techniques of organizing energy, environmental, or social systems into mathematical computer models. Includes the theory underlying different modeling techniques, programming skills, and a hands-on research project in which students develop their own models.
  • CAS GE 555: World Oil Markets
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing. CASEC102 or equivalent recommended.
    The world oil market is explained using the notion of supply chain. Each stage is described in terms of relevant theories from geology, economics, and politics, and how they interact to generate real-world behavior.
  • CAS GE 560: Energy Transitions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 309; (can be taken concurrently), or graduate standing.
    Survey of energy transitions including animal power to wood to coal to petroleum to electricity; analysis of socioeconomic, political, technological, and environmental causes of energy transitions, and future energy transitions resulting from fossil fuel depletion, climate change, and sustainable development.
  • CAS GE 578: Marine Geographic Information Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 260 and CAS ES 144; ; CASMA213 strongly recommended.
    Introduction to marine geographic information systems and spatial analysis for conservation, management, and marine landscape ecology. Comparative examples from Gulf of Maine and tropics. Solve problems in coastal zoning and marine park design, whale and coral reef conservation. Also offered as CAS BI 578.
  • CAS GE 585: Ecological Forecasting and Informatics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 303 or CAS BI 306; CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123; CAS MA 115 or CAS MA 213 or CAS GE 375; or consent of instructor.
    The statistics and informatics of model-data fusion and forecasting: data management, workflows, Bayesian statistics, uncertainty analysis, fusing multiple data sources, assessing model performance, scenario development, decision analysis, and data assimilation. Case studies highlight ecological forecasting across a range of subdisciplines.
  • CAS GE 594: Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    Key concepts, actors, concerns, and issues related to the process of negotiating global environmental policies. Overview of the international system and environmental problems; an international negotiation simulation; case studies of global agreements on ozone depletion, climate change, desertification, and biodiversity, among others. Meets with CAS IR 594.
  • CAS GE 597: Development and Environment in Latin America
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS GE 100 or CAS IR 292 or CAS IR 590; and junior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Provides an empirically based understanding of the social and environmental aspects of economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for purposes of analyzing the numerous trade and development policies that nations in LAC are currently considering. Also offered as CAS IR 597.
  • CAS GE 598: Key Debates and Emerging Research in Land Change Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Topics change each semester. Students may enroll up to four times for credit. Introduces key debates in land change science and new research contributing to these debates. Features speakers from several departments and centers at Boston University as well as visiting scholars. Students develop their own research proposals.
  • CAS GE 599: Science, Politics, and Climate Change
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Applies a science and technology studies perspective to climate change science and policy. Examines the relationships between scientific and political systems at global, national, and local levels. Also offered as CAS IR 599.