Earth & Environment

Note: Course details for Summer 2018 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2017 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Systems Modeling of Coupled Human and Natural Systems

CAS GE 380

Prereq: (CAS GE 270) or (CAS MA 213 and CAS BI 107); or consent of instructor. Presents key elements of systems theory and explores the role of Coupled Human Natural Systems science in advancing issues related to sustainability, climate change, biodiversity conservation, and human and ecosystem well-being. Lab exercises include dynamical systems modeling applications. 4 cr.


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.


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