Fulfilling CAS and BU Hub Requirements

The Department of Earth & Environment offers undergraduate students many opportunities to satisfy requirements outlined for divisional studies and for the BU Hub. The courses we offer that will fulfill these programs are listed below.

Questions about the Earth & Environment curriculum may be addressed to Sayaka Yamaki, undergraduate program coordinator, at syamaki@bu.edu.

Divisional Studies

Natural Science

ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes Coastal processes, including tidal currents, wave action, longshore transport, and estuarine circulation; barrier island and spit formation; study of beaches, dunes, and marshes; effects of tectonics, glaciers, and rivers on beaches and coastal morphology. Cape Cod field trip.

ES 144 Oceanography Examines the physical, geological, chemical, and biological processes that govern the oceans with a focus on how the ocean is impacted by and also moderates the pace of global change. Dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short- and a long-term scale is emphasized.

EE 395/396 Sustainability Science: Earth House Practicum 1 & 2 (if both 2-credit courses are completed) Learn and live sustainability through theory and practice in BU’s Earth House. Explore and enact options to enhance sustainability through technology, policy and behavioral change. Propose specific actions toward achieving the longer-term goal of a carbon-neutral Earth House. Prereqs: sophomore standing and residency in Earth House.

Natural Science with Lab

GE 101 Natural Environments: The Atmosphere An introduction to weather and climate. Topics include the controls of weather and climate, day-to-day variations in weather, severe storms, climates of the world, urban climate and air pollution, past climates and climatic change, and the impact of climatic variations on society.

ES 105 Crises of Planet Earth After covering the origin of the universe, earth and life, the course examines two topics: natural hazards, including earthquakes and volcanoes; and human impacts on Earth, including climate change, ozone depletion, pollution, and increasing demands on mineral and energy resources.

ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science Introduction to the Earth as an integrated system composed of interacting biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere subsystems. Major themes include earth system stability, instability and capacity for change on all time scales, including human-induced climate change.

Social Science

GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability Introduces natural and social science concepts that underlie global environmental change and sustainability. Topics include climate change, biodiversity, energy, water, pollution, deforestation, agriculture, population growth. Sustainable development illustrated with ecological footprint based on student’s lifestyle.

GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, & Environment Examines the social, environmental, and technological aspects of renewable and nonrenewable energy systems. Discusses energy issues in context of globalization, climate change, and sustainable development. Explores lifestyle and policy decisions related to energy issues.

GE 201 World Regional Geography Overview of the special combination of environmental, historical, economic, and organizational qualities of the regions of the Old World including Western and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, East and South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Emphasis on current issues of regional and global development.

GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, & Institutions Environmental contribution to the rise and fall of civilizations. Focus is on how the environment influenced the ideas and organization of societies, and how those ideas and power structures allowed the society to flourish or collapse. Interdisciplinary approach that unites ideas from history, ecology, and economics.

Students with a relevant CAS ES 100-level prerequisite may take CAS ES 351 for natural science divisional credit without lab, and any CAS ES 317 or CAS ES 331.

 

BU Hub

BU Hub requirements apply only to students who enter BU in fall 2018 and later. This list will be updates as more courses enter the program. The capacities covered by each course are noted at the end of each description; check with your advisor for additional updates.

GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability Introduces natural and social science concepts that underlie global environmental change and sustainability. Topics include climate change, biodiversity, energy, water, pollution, deforestation, agriculture, population growth. Sustainable development illustrated with ecological footprint based on student’s lifestyle. Social Inquiry I | Ethical Reasoning | Critical Thinking

ES 105 Crises of Planet Earth After covering the origin of the universe, earth and life, the course examines two topics: natural hazards, including earthquakes and volcanoes; and human impacts on Earth, including climate change, ozone depletion, pollution, and increasing demands on mineral and energy resources. Scientific Inquiry I | Quantitative Reasoning I | Research & Information Literacy

ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science Introduction to the Earth as an integrated system composed of interacting biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere subsystems. Major themes include earth system stability, instability and capacity for change on all time scales, including human-induced climate change. Scientific Inquiry I | Quantitative Reasoning I | Research & Information Literacy

ES 108 The Science, Philosophy, and Art of Water Water is a constant source of inspiration for scientists, philosophers, and artists. Through the lens of water, this course helps students understand and appreciate the connection between science, philosophy, and art. Philosophical Inquiry & Life’s Meanings | Scientific Inquiry I | Critical Thinking

ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes Coastal processes, including tidal currents, wave action, longshore transport, and estuarine circulation; barrier island and spit formation; study of beaches, dunes, and marshes; effects of tectonics, glaciers, and rivers on beaches and coastal morphology. Cape Cod field trip. Scientific Inquiry I | Ethical Reasoning

ES 144 Oceanography Examines the physical, geological, chemical, and biological processes that govern the oceans with a focus on how the ocean is impacted by and also moderates the pace of global change. Dynamic nature of the oceans on both a short- and a long-term scale is emphasized. Scientific Inquiry I | Ethical Reasoning

GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, & Environment Examines the social, environmental, and technological aspects of renewable and nonrenewable energy systems. Discusses energy issues in context of globalization, climate change, and sustainable development. Explores lifestyle and policy decisions related to energy issues. Historical Consciousness | Scientific Inquiry I | Research & Information Literacy

GE 201 World Regional Geography Overview of the special combination of environmental, historical, economic, and organizational qualities of the regions of the Old World including Western and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, East and South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Emphasis on current issues of regional and global development. Historical Consciousness | Social Inquiry I | Research & Information Literacy

GE 230 Environmental Landscapes of New England Examines human-environment interactions through exploration of various sites in Boston area. Considers contemporary sustainability challenges and their historical origins. Students see first-hand how human activity both shapes the landscape around us and is shaped by it. Summer only. Historical Consciousness | Social Inquiry I | Research & Information Literacy

GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions Environmental contribution to the rise and fall of civilizations. Focus is on how the environment influenced the ideas and organization of societies, and how those ideas and power structures allowed the society to flourish or collapse. Interdisciplinary approach that unites ideas from history, ecology, and economics. Historical Consciousness | Social Inquiry I

GE 270 Data, Models, and Analysis in Earth & Environment Introduces key questions, types and sources of data, and analytical methods in earth and environment, and introduces students to an array of quantitative methods from both the natural- and social-science disciplines. Quantitative Reasoning I | Research & Information Literacy

ES 300 Earth’s Rocky Materials After a short foray into the atom, mineral properties, and crystal structures, this course, utilizing an Earth Systems approach, begins its exploration with the mineral phases of the core and deep mantle. Crustal mineralogy and petrology follows, including minerals, and the rocks that contain them, produced from both magmatic and metamorphic processes. Subsequent sections investigate near-surface hydrothermal systems and minerals and rocks produced in surface (sedimentary) processes. The final sections will look at the mineralogy of the biosphere, including extreme life, and mineral health issues. Scientific Inquiry II | Quantitative Reasoning I

ES 317 Introduction to Hydrology Introduction to the science of hydrology and to the role of water as a resource, a hazard, and an integral component of the Earth’s climatic, biological, and geological systems. Scientific Inquiry I | Quantitative Reasoning I | Teamwork/Collaboration

GE 394 Environmental History of Africa Focus on the African environment and ecological systems over the past 150 years. Topics include climate change, hydrography, agriculture, deforestation, soil erosion, disease, conservation, famine, and the role of colonialism and government policy in environmental change. Also offered as HI 351. Scientific Inquiry I | Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy | Research & Information Literacy

GE 508 Data Science for Conservation Decisions Application of quantitative methods to support conservation decisions. Ecosystem value mapping, systematic conservation planning, policy instrument design, rigorous impact evaluation, decision theory, data visualization. Implementations in state-of-the-art open-source software. Real-life case studies from the U.S. and abroad. Quantitative Reasoning II | Digital/Media Expression | Research & Information Literacy

GE 535 Global Land Conservation: Theory and Practice In-depth treatment of the theory and practice of global land conservation. Global drivers of ecosystem degradation. Scale and effectiveness of public and private responses. Implementation of instruments, including regulatory, market-based, community-driven, and supply-chain approaches. International and domestic case studies. Research and Information | Oral and/or Signed Communication

By Capacity

Philosophical Inquiry & Life’s Meanings

  • ES 108 The Science, Philosophy, and Art of Water

Historical Consciousness

  • GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, & Environment
  • GE 201 World Regional Geography
  • GE 230 Environmental Landscapes of New England

Scientific Inquiry I

  • ES 105 Crises of Planet Earth
  • ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science
  • ES 108 The Science, Philosophy, and Art of Water
  • ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes
  • ES 144 Oceanography
  • GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, & Environment
  • GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions
  • ES 300 Earth’s Rocky Materials
  • ES 317 Introduction to Hydrology
  • GE 394 Environmental History of Africa

Social Inquiry I

  • GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability
  • GE 201 World Regional Geography
  • GE 230 Environmental Landscapes of New England
  • GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions

Quantitative Reasoning I

  • ES 105 Crises of Planet Earth
  • ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science
  • GE 270 Data, Models, and Analysis in Earth & Environment
  • ES 300 Earth’s Rocky Materials
  • ES 317 Introduction to Hydrology

Quantitative Reasoning II

  • GE 508 Data Science for Conservation Decisions

Global Citizenship & Intercultural Literacy

  • GE 394 Environmental History of Africa

Ethical Reasoning

  • GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability
  • ES 142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline Processes
  • ES 144 Oceanography

Digital/Media Expression

  • GE 508 Data Science for Conservation Decisions

Oral and/or Signed Communication

  • GE 535 Global Land Conservation: Theory and Practice

Critical Thinking

  • GE 100 Environmental Change & Sustainability
  • ES 108 The Science, Philosophy, and Art of Water

Research & Information Literacy

  • ES 105 Crises of Planet Earth
  • ES 107 Introduction to Climate & Earth System Science
  • GE 150 Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, & Environment
  • GE 201 World Regional Geography
  • GE 230 Environmental Landscapes of New England
  • GE 270 Data, Models, and Analysis in Earth & Environment
  • GE 394 Environmental History of Africa
  • GE 508 Data Science for Conservation Decisions
  • GE 535 Global Land Conservation: Theory and Practice

Teamwork/Collaboration

  • ES 317 Introduction to Hydrology