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Course Listings - Spring 2013

ESCI 100N – Global Climate Change
4 credits
Fortner, Sarah

Prerequisite: Math placement score of 22.
This course will examine the science of global climate change and human-introduced climate forcing. It will survey the environmental impacts of global climate change and what this means for the habitability of the earth for humans and other species. Topics will include global climate, stakeholder analysis related to energy use and global climate change, and examining the consequences of rapid climate change. Students will investigate a climate change issue of importance to them (locally, regionally, or globally). The course is designed primarily for non-science majors.

ESCI 101B - Introduction to Environmental Science
5 credits
Phillips, Richard and Ritter, John

An introduction to environmental science, including concepts used by environmental scientists to frame the study of environmental problems and human impacts on the natural environment and its resources, including climate, water, soils, vegetation, and wildlife.  The course is based on content and knowledge from the natural sciences but focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of this content as it relates to environmental systems.  The laboratory experience focuses on the tools and methods used by environmental scientists to study the environment, natural resources, and human impacts associated with the extraction and use of resources. ESCI 101B  is required for all majors in Environmental Science.  It is also a useful course for any students interested in a better understanding of how the different components of the environment interact with each other.  No prerequisites.

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