Introduction to the biology of environmental pollution. Examples of air, water, and land degradation will be studied using case histories. Strategies to restore damaged ecosystems and current approaches to achieve sustainable environments will be discussed. (Gen.Ed. BS)
This course is intended for seniors who plan to apply to grad school within the next 1-3 years. Whether you see yourself on a research-focused track or a professional M.S. track, by the end of our structured 12 week process, you will have completed a strong set of draft components for your graduate school application, including a clear timeline for yourself and 2-4 requests for great letters of recommendation.
In this Integrative Experience course we will focus on complex environmental problems -- problems that we ourselves contribute to.  I want to give you some practice working collaboratively with others, so some of the deliverables for the course are team-produced.  You'll be learning new things about how systems work -- systems that we easily take for granted -- and what some of the challenges are to changing those systems that impact the natural world that we humans are part of. 


The main learning goals for this course are 1) to strengthen your ability to plan, develop and explain solutions to environmental challenges, 2) to gain more experience working with others and giving and receiving constructive feedback, and 3) to reflect on your education (given that you will soon be completing your BS degree!). The readings have been chosen to provide background you'll need to know on the systems, and also to get you thinking about some of the deeper issues.  

This course meets the Integrative Experience requirement for both BS-EnvSci and BS-NRC majors.

Required for all new majors. Weekly lectures by faculty on their teaching research and outreach and how it relates to the Environmental Sciences Program. Enables students to interact with faculty to discuss a wide variety of important topics.
An overview of the environmental policy process covering the roles of major players at community, state, and federal levels, and emphasizing the role of environmental science. Covers the major environmental laws and recent amendments, the role of policy analysis, and international environmental policy.