May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

BIO 2009 - Environmental Biology

Credits: 4
The course engages students to inquire the linkages between ecological systems, human systems and human perturbations of natural ecological systems. Emphasis is placed on applied environmental issues that currently confront the planet. Students will also discuss the process of biological/ecological inquiry and the nature of science. This course will acquaint students with some of the social, economic, political, and ethical aspects of environmental problems following an introduction to the basic principles of ecology - the study of the interactions among organisms and their physical environment. The future of our society depends on whether Homo sapiens can learn to live in harmony with the global ecosystem so that it can support civilization. Knowing how the world ecosystem works permits more than knowledgeable participation in the great decisions of our day. Consideration will be given to alternative ways of organizing our society in accordance with sound ecological principles.
Fulfills: STEM in LS Core
Four hours a week with some field/laboratory work.
Note: This course does not count toward the Biology Majors or Minor.