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Spring 2018
Sep 17, 2021
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BIOL 183 - Environmental Geoscience

In this course, ideal for sophomores, we will study the Earth as an evolving, dynamic planet and how humans have come to affect it. We’ll survey the underlying scientific principles—based on chemistry, physics, and biology—that govern the natural world. We’ll study the Earth’s physical structure, including how the properties of fluids on our rotating planet shape wind patterns and ocean currents. We’ll consider the interrelationships among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, investigating long and short-term climate variability and biogeochemical cycles. And we’ll learn to analyze the scientific underpinnings of environmental problems with an eye toward real-world situations, from mineral resource use and implications for environmental justice to agricultural productivity and our ability to feed Earth’s population. Through hands-on active learning, we’ll evaluate the risks associated with biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, and natural hazards; think critically about potential solutions; and apply the fundamental concepts we've learned to begin solving problems of practical importance to society. 
Enrollment Instructions
Registration in STIA 227/BIOL 183 and (co-requisite) STIA 228/BIOL 184 is by Permission of the instructor only. There are no Prerequisites. Interested students should enter their request in MyAccess during preregistration; however, seats will not be assigned until preregistration closes and all requests have been vetted. Seats will be allocated based strictly on class year, major/minor, and whether a student has attempted to enroll in STIA 227/BIOL 183 previously. Those who have been allocated seats will be informed about their enrollment status shortly after the close of the preregistration period. Please make sure that both the course and the lab fit with your existing schedule and do not create time conflicts.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

Course Attributes:
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Prerequisites:
BIOL 103 and BIOL 104 and BIOL 113 and BIOL 114

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