This course explores the relationship between society and the environment. Students learn about ecosystems, the effects of population growth, and the influence of energy and pollution on environmental systems. In addition, students examine the flow of energy through ecosystems; the carrying capacity of an ecosystem; water, food, and mineral resources; fossil fuels vs. alternative energy sources; air and water pollution; climate change; and waste management. The class also discusses options to sustain and preserve the planet.
In this course, students explore topics of current scientific interest through a series of lectures/discussions with experts in their respective fields. Students examine major areas of scientific relevance such as climate change, water/air pollution, medicine, nutrition, etc. Students explore how these topics have direct impact on their lives and evaluate media coverage of these issues. Exact topics will vary every semester, according to the guest lecturers' areas of expertise.