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Fall 2013-2014
* ENV 201B / STC 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:
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..

Equivalent Courses:
ENV 201B, ENV 201A are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

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

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 12


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22666 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:29 Limit:48
22663 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:11 Limit:16
22664 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:11 Limit:16
22665 B03 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:7 Limit:16
22667 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24451 P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:3 Limit:3 Closed
24452 P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:4 Limit:4 Closed
24453 P03 11:00 am - 11:50 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24454 P04 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:3 Limit:4
24455 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:5 Limit:4 Closed
24456 P06 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F   McDonnell Hall   107   Enrolled:3 Limit:4
24457 P07 11:00 am - 11:50 am W   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:5 Limit:4 Closed
24458 P08 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:2 Limit:4
24459 P09 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:1 Limit:4
24515 P10 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:3 Limit:4
23203 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled