Earth & Environment

College of Arts & Sciences

Crises of Planet Earth

CAS ES 105

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. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2920

Summer 2 (July 2-August 10)

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Introduction to Climate and Earth System Science

CAS ES 107

Introduction to 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. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 29)

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Environmental Change and Sustainability

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: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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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, their historical evolution and implications for the future. 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: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Environmental Landscapes of New England

CAS GE 230

Examines human-environment interactions through exploration of various sites in the 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 1 (May 22-June 28)

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Law for Sustainability

CAS GE 521

A survey of the major features of environmental and related law: common law, statutory law, administrative law, and relevant procedural and constitutional issues. Examines how well these laws work to bring about sustainability. Students read cases and practice advocacy. 4 cr. Tuition: $2720

Summer 2 (July 3-August 9)

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