Scientific Approaches to Environmental Issues/Lab

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Course Number



H. Ewing

Course Long Title

Scientific Approaches to Environmental Issues/Lab


An introduction to central concepts in environmental science through the study of specific environmental issues. Focal issues, landscapes, and ecosystems illuminate the function and interrelationship of physical, chemical, biological, and socio-cultural systems at scales ranging from microscopic to global. The laboratory links field studies of environmental systems to the scientific concepts, tools, habits of the mind, and approaches to data handling and analysis that environmental scientists use. Not open to juniors or seniors.

Modes of Inquiry

Quantitative and Formal Reasoning [QF], Scientific Reasoning [SR]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

INDS Program Relationship

IDES - ENVR Program

GEC This Course Belongs To


Class Restriction

Exclude Seniors, Exclude Juniors

Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year

Recommended Background

Students who would like to major in environmental studies are expected to take the course in their first or second year unless they access upper division environmental science courses through other avenues.