Earth & Environment

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College of Arts & Sciences

Environmental Earth Sciences

CAS ES 105

Geological processes in environmental science; groundwater quantity and quality; geological resource supply and recovery; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural hazards; landforms, climate, desertification, glaciation, and ocean circulation patterns. Lab meets with lecture. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2600

Summer 1 (May 20-June 27)

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Introduction to Environmental Science

CAS GE 100

Introduction to basic physical, ecological, and environmental concepts underlying the relationship between human society and the natural environment. Evaluation of problems and options available in dealing with the areas of natural resources, pollution, environmental degradation, and population growth. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Natural Environments: The Atmosphere

CAS GE 101

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. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Sustainable Energy: Technology, Resources, Society, and Environment

CAS GE 150

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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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World Regional Geography

CAS GE 201

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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Metropolitan College

Special Topics

MET ES 141

Topic for Summer 2014: Investigation on Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Examines the flora and fauna of the Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay ecosystems on the beach, at the shore, in the Harbor Islands, and on the waters of Boston Harbor and Mass Bay. With 50 miles of protected water, four sheltered bays, seven river systems, dozens of islands, and a nine-foot average tide, Boston Harbor is one of the most diverse urban ecosystems in America. Students keep daily records of their experiences, record and analyze data for a research paper, and learn to use GIS Datalayers, species maps, and field work guides. Intensive four-week course. Students in this course will incur additional field-trip related expenses. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 11-August 8)

Read a BU Today article about this course: One Class, One Day: Understanding Boston Harbor.

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