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Spring 2010-2011
* ENV 202B (ST)  

Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Climate, Air Pollution, Toxics, and Water

Bess B. Ward

This course will focus on environmental consequences of human activities and their interactions with natural systems. Beginning with underlying principles, we will consider the social, political, economic, scientific and technical dimensions of four areas of environmental concern: the atmosphere (atmospheric pollution, its sources and prevention); climate (climate and climate variability; models and public policy); toxics in the environment (pollutants, remediation and solutions); and water resources (watersheds, land use, climate effects, political issues).

Sample reading list:
Cunningham, Cunningham and Saigo, Environmental Science: A Global Concern

Reading/Writing assignments:
Up to 100 pages of reading will be assigned per week, including textbook and popular/technical articles in a suplementary reader. Students will attend lectures and participate in precept discussions. Students will write one lab report/short paper for each of the four units.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 25%
Lab Reports - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
The course is required for students who wish to pursue the Environmental Studies certificate program; these students cannot enroll under the p/d/f option. This course will satisfy the core course requirement as well as one of the two required labs. Preference will be given to ENV concentrators..

Other information:
Weekly precepts will feature group presentation by students, leading a discussion of articles from the reader. Case studies and current events will be fodder for our analysis. Lab themes will follow the flow of the course through the four topics mentioned above.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43389 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Thomas Laboratory   003   Enrolled:27 Limit:64
43387 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:11 Limit:16
43388 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:16 Limit:17
43390 B03 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43391 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Lewis Library   134   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P03 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:0 Limit:15
P04 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:15