ESTU 1100: Humans and the Environment – An Introduction to Environmental Studies

Humans use energy and resources from our natural surroundings to live, and to develop our societies and cultures. This use has an impact on other animals and plants, and on the air, water, and land. Our impact is now so great that we are in danger of depleting or destroying many of the natural systems on which we depend. This course will examine our relationship with, and impact on, the environment: with reference to the physical, cultural, economic, political, and ethical elements. Sustainable practices will also be discussed.) Topics may include: human sustainability and population growth, aquatic and terrestrial sustainability, food and agriculture, water resources, energy production, and climate change. (Can be taken as a Social Science option) (Three lecture hours per week)