Ecosystems, Resources, Population, and Culture

Environmental Studies 302 - Winter Quarter 2002

Meeting: MTWRF 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Texts: Principles of Environmental Science by Cunningham and Cunningham
text web site
Sources: Notable Selections in Environmental Studies edited by Goldfarb
Instructors: Anthony Gabriel, Carey Gazis, and Holly Pinkart
Office: Lind 117B (Gabriel); Lind 219 (Gazis); New Science 236D (Pinkart)
email: (Gabriel) or (Gazis) or (Pinkart)
Telephone: 963-1166 (Gabriel);
963-2820 (Gazis);
963-2710 (Pinkart)
Office hours:
MTWR 10:00-10:50 or by arrangement (Gabriel)
MWF 10-10:50 a.m. or by appointment (Gazis)
TW 3-5, F 1-3 or by arrangement (Pinkart)

ENST 302 Syllabus

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Course Description:

This is the second course in the Environmental Studies 300 series. In this course, we will examine the effects of humans on the EarthÕs environment. We will discuss the physical and cultural dimensions of environmental problems such as water and air pollution, energy consumption, and waste disposal. Particular emphasis will be given to the interaction between basic resources, population dynamics, and cultural innovations, especially technological innovations.

Course Goals:

Upon successful completion of Environmental Studies 301:
1. Students will understand some of the ways that an increase in world population has altered the worldwide ecosystem. They can describe the effects of population increase on food production, environmental quality, and natural resource supply.
2. Students are aware of the different sides and arguments for various controversial environmental issues (e.g. use of fertilizers, waste management and storage, population control, etc.).
3. Students can critically discuss the roles of technological innovations in relationship to population dynamics and resource consumption.

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