Environmental Studies Courses (Division 366)

The Environmental Studies Program is designed to complement a student's training in a particular academic discipline. Although the name "Environmental Studies" suggests that the Program is limited to the study of the environment, the Environmental Studies Program emphasizes courses concerned with HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT RELATIONS. The Program is not a concentration program although a student may emphasize environmental studies in the LS&A Individual Concentration Program (ICP).

The program offers Environmental Studies 320 as its introductory course. This course introduces students to the wide range of disciplines in the College and University which relate to environmental issues. Second-level courses provide a variety of perspectives from which to view and analyze areas of environmental concern. Since the spectrum of courses offered at this level varies from year to year, students should consult the Time Schedule for current information. Third-level courses include Environmental Studies 420 and 421. They enable students versed in environmental studies to focus on a particular issue. The student is responsible for defining a plan of study, enlisting others with similar interests (if appropriate), and locating a faculty member willing to supervise. In addition to the multidisciplinary approach to the study of human-environment relations reflected in these courses, the Program offers a number of cross-listed courses which analyze humans and the environment from the perspective of a given discipline.

320. Introduction to Environmental Studies. (4). (Excl).

This course provides a broad overview of environmental issues. Its approach is both multi- and inter-disciplinary, with lectures given by a wide range of specialists each addressing a specific environmental topic from the vantage point of their own area of expertise. The lecturers come from different departments within the University, thus providing the student with a variety of perspectives. There is no set format; however, the class usually consists of lectures, slide presentations or films that last about an hour, followed by questions and discussion. There will always be an opportunity to challenge and question the guest lecturers and the student is encouraged to do so. Topics range from cultural attitudes towards the natural environment to the environmental influences on human health, from the physical characteristics of oceans to the utilization of various sources of energy. Weekly discussion sessions with T.A.'s provide further opportunity to examine these environmental issues and attitudes and to explore possible solutions. Students will be required to keep logs of course-related readings of their own selection. The logs will be organized into 10-15 page papers demonstrating the student's considered reflection on the specific environmental issues of interest to the student. The logs will be handed in periodically for comment and grading. [Cost:1] [WL:1]

353/Phys. 250. Energy, Entropy, and Environment. Two and one-half years of high school mathematics, or any college course in mathematics or natural science. (3). (NS).

See Physics 250.

407. Culture as Environment. Environ. Studies 320 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

For Fall, 1991, this section is jointly offered with English 317.002. (Knott)


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