As population and affluence have increased and technology’s role has grown, human activities have transformed natural environments around the globe. This course surveys and examines how a wide variety of human enterprises such as agriculture, industry, recreation, and urbanization have had and continue to have far-reaching environmental consequences everywhere on earth. These impacts are assessed by standards such as ecological well being and sustainability, human habitability, and quality of life. Not open to first-year students.
Prerequisute: sophomore standing. (Section A offers 2 credits for lectures, while Section B offers 3 for lectures and a field trip to Oregon.)
The interactions among population, resources, technology, economics, and public policy are studied in order to understand and address the environmental issues and problems of our day. Attention is focused upon energy, material, and food resource issues as well as upon population and resource relationships. Political, economic, and technological policies plus individual lifestyles are considered as part of responsible earth keeping. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 210 or permission of the instructor.
This course is an internship involving field application of the concepts and principles learned as part of the environmental studies supplementary concentration or the environmental science group concentration. A student is placed in a position in a governmental agency, a not-for-profit organization, or a corporate firm, which builds on previous instruction in the student’s program of concentration in an area related to environmental matters. Students are assigned a specific project and work under the direct supervision of an employee of the governmental, non-profit, or business entity, as well as under the supervision of the instructor. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 210, 302, and permission of the instructor.
This course aims to develop a Christian philosophy of the environment and environmental management. Issues, problems, and controversies in environmental ethics are explored. Environmental thought is explored historically, through the perspectives of contemporary environmental movements, and finally from a Reformed, Christian perspective. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 210 and 302 or permission of the instructor.