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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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RCNSCI 263 / ENVIRON 263 / UP 263. Energy and the Environment.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marc W Melaina (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and one-half years of high school mathematics, or any college course in mathematics or natural science. (4). (NS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

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This course will help us to understand the role of energy resources in the environmental crisis. We'll explore what history, ecology, the laws of physics, systems analysis, and energy policy can teach us about our global situation. The goal of the course is to learn how to apply an analytic understanding of energy systems to better understand decisions being made on global, political, community, and individual levels. Energy systems will be studies in the context of their effects upon the environment, and their relationships to economics, ethics, and public policy.

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RCNSCI 291 / ENVIRON 191. The Biodiversity of the United States.

Section 001 Meets January -March 12. [Drop/Add deadline=January 24].

Instructor(s): Catherine E Badgley

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). May not be repeated for credit.

mini/short course

Credits: (1).

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This course introduces the scientific and cultural significance of biological diversity through a survey of the diversity of species and ecosystems in the United States. The U.S. harbors an impressive array of the world's species and ecosystems inhabiting environments ranging from frozen tundra to Death Valley to coral reefs. A high proportion of U.S. biodiversity is at risk of extinction; the reasons behind this assessment are reviewed. Principles of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology are introduced, and individual and political approaches to conserving biodiversity are presented and discussed. Students write short essays and a short paper.

Lecture format with some discussion.

Text: Bruce Stein et al., editors, Prescious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States.

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