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Introduces the interdisciplinary field of environmental science with an emphasis on the disproportionate impacts environmental problems have on human societies, especially low-income and minority groups. Major concepts include ecology, biodiversity, natural resources, toxicology, population, climate change, and environmental justice. Explores current environmental problems and solutions through case studies set in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and North America.
Examines, analyzes, and solves problems stemming from many of today's most pressing issues: natural resources, energy, toxic and hazardous compounds, and human population. Uses a case study approach to investigate these issues with an emphasis on four overlapping themes: climate change, environmental toxicology, conservation biology and restoration ecology, and sustainability. Field trips may be required. Laboratory is included.
Prerequisites: ENGL& 101 or consent of instructor, MATH 087 or MATH 088 or TECH 088.