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Fall 2015-2016
* 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 - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 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:
Other 20% = homework

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 12


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22577 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Frist Campus Center   302   Enrolled:111 Limit:75 Closed
24218 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Frist Campus Center   210   Enrolled:9 Limit:8 Closed
24219 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:9 Limit:8 Closed
24220 P03 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:7 Limit:7 Closed
24221 P04 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:8 Limit:8 Closed
24222 P05 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Computer Science Building   102   Enrolled:6 Limit:8
24223 P06 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Computer Science Building   102   Enrolled:8 Limit:8 Closed
24224 P07 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:8 Limit:8 Closed
24225 P08 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:11 Limit:8 Closed
24226 P09 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:9 Limit:8 Closed
24227 P10 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:6 Limit:7
24228 P11 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:10 Limit:8 Closed
24229 P12 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:9 Limit:7 Closed
24375 P13 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:6 Limit:12
24376 P14 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:5 Limit:12
23235 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled