Introduction to Environmental Studies

This course introduces students to the science behind historical and contemporary topics associated with the environment. Pervasive environmental questions are addressed within the context of the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. Through lectures, discussions, and complementary field experiences, students become familiar with major theories and practices in environmental studies. The goal/process of sustainable development is emphasized, stressing individual and community actions. Guest speakers from inside and outside the College community introduce diverse perspectives and provide insight into career opportunities. Weekly labs include field trips that provide practical experience in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.