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Fall 2013-2014
* ENV 201A / STC 201A (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy

Kelly K. Caylor
David S. Wilcove

An expanding human population and the desire of all people for a more prosperous life have placed tremendous demands on the environment. We will explore how human activities have affected land use, agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity, and the use of energy. Our focus is both global and local, highlighting not only fundamental changes in the biosphere, but also the ways in which individual decisions lead to major environmental changes. We explore the fundamental principles underlying contemporary environmental issues, and we use case studies to illustrate the scientific, political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental problems.

Sample reading list:
Course Packet,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50 pages of reading will be assigned per week, including web readings and popular/technical articles in a supplementary reader. Students will attend lectures and participate in precept discussions. Assignments will include problem sets and shorter papers and essays.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Course is appropriate for all students regardless of intended major. P/D/Fail option is available, but precludes qualifying for the Certificate of Proficiency in Environmental Studies..

Other information:
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 12


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20577 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:66 Limit:72
24442 P01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:10 Limit:8 Closed
24443 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:9 Limit:8 Closed
24444 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24445 P04 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:7 Limit:8
24446 P05 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:9 Limit:7 Closed
24447 P06 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm F   McDonnell Hall   107   Enrolled:7 Limit:8
24448 P07 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:6 Limit:8
24449 P08 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:6 Limit:8
24450 P09 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:7 Limit:8
24514 P10 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:5 Limit:8
23070 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled