This course is designed to introduce students to concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology. Students are expected to understand how landscape structure and spatial configuration affect ecological processes and vice versa through 1) lectures, 2) assignments, 3) open-book exams, and 4) a final project.
This course is a survey of the human occupation of the world through a regional lens. We will examine local cultures, political systems, and development problems over the semester. This course will focus on developing an appreciation for cultural differences, nations and peoples, human interaction with the environment, the interconnections of global processes, and contemporary events.
This course provides a thorough introduction to environmental science, the interdisciplinary study of how the earth works, how people interact with the earth, and how society can address environmental problems.
The course is an overview of earth-sun relations, weather, climate, landforms, water systems, soils, and vegetation. It is an introductory course on how agents of processes (water, ice, air, carbon dioxide, salinity, wind, pressure, humidity, rock, biomass, and humans) act together to erode, weather, and unsettle the equilibrium of the world’s natural systems.