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Fall 2014-2015
* 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..

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 12


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23165 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Guyot Hall   10   Enrolled:36 Limit:40
23162 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:13 Limit:16
23163 B02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:11 Limit:16
23164 B03 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Guyot Hall   174   Enrolled:12 Limit:16
23212 B04 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24343 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:4 Limit:5
24344 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:1 Limit:2
24345 P03 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:5 Limit:4 Closed
24346 P04 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:4 Limit:4 Closed
24347 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:4 Limit:5
24348 P06 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:4 Limit:5 Closed
24352 P07 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:4 Limit:4 Closed
24353 P08 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Princeton Neuroscience Institu   A30   Enrolled:5 Limit:5 Closed
24354 P09 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Lewis Library   311   Enrolled:2 Limit:5 Closed
24527 P10 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   312   Enrolled:3 Limit:2 Closed
24528 P11 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24529 P12 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23213 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled