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Fall 2012-2013
* 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
22717 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:41 Limit:64
22714 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:13 Limit:16
22715 B02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
22716 B03 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:4 Limit:16
22718 B04 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:8 Limit:16
P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm T   Lewis Library   117   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P05 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P06 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P07 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   112   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P08 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P09 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:0 Limit:12