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  • ES-200

    Prin.Sustain.Sci. for Envir

    This course offers an introduction to the concepts of environmental sustainability and the complex problems associated with sustainability. This is an interdisciplinary course where students will learn to recognize, study, and analyze complex relationships between the social, human, and environmental systems that address issues involving: climate change, pollution, environmental science, natural resources, environmental degradation, population shifts, food systems, sustainable production and consumption, lifestyles, human security and public health.
  • ES-201

    Ethics and Policy in ES

    This course will examine the fundamental value systems (ethical, religious, and philosophical) that are at the root of many environmental issues and then analyze how these varied values translate into constructing environmental policies. Students will integrate their understanding of the complex interactions between natural and human systems to examine case studies of major environmental policies on topics ranging from regulation of pollutants, natural resource management, global climate policy, endangered species, and social justice. Students will learn to weigh the concerns of various stakeholders affected by environmental issues, and formulate policy to address concerns of human health and wellbeing, environmental preservation, and economic feasibility.
  • ES-301

    Environmental Science

    This course will focus on the numerous ways in which human activities and environmental processes affect each other. The effects of human activities on our air, water, soil, and other organisms will be examined, both at the small scale and at the global scale. Specific topics that will be investigated both in lectures and with laboratory experiments include air and water circulation, the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, water treatment methods, and climate change. Students will learn how to collect, analyze, and present a variety of environmental data, and connect this to human activities and sustainability.
  • ES-302

    Sustainability & Human Systems

    Creating a sustainable future necessitates improving human well-being with environmentally sound and financially feasible decision making. This course will holistically explore challenging topics involving human systems and strategies for improving humanity and the environment. Topics include: systems thinking, 'wicked' problems, natural resources and life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, corporate sustainability, urban planning and transportation, community resilience, empowerment, measuring development, food systems, environmental anthropology, and environmental justice. ES 200 (Principles of Sustainability Science for the Environment) or permission of instructor is required for this course.