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Fall 2011-2012
* ENV 201B (STL)   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. Students will also write lab reports in conjunction with the laboratory exercises.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Lab Reports - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 13%
Problem set(s) - 12%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/Fail option is available, but precludes qualifying for the Certificate of Proficiency in Environmental Studies..

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 12


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22871 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Bowen Hall   222   Enrolled:55 Limit:64
22868 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
22869 B02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
22870 B03 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
22872 B04 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Friend Center   204   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P04 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Lewis Library   121   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P06 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   112   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P07 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P08 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P09 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Sherrerd Hall   001   Enrolled:0 Limit:12