Undergraduate Courses

AGRY 120 Water and Food Security

Offered in the spring and fall by Prof. Laura Bowling

This course serves as a general science introduction to global and regional water resources issues, especially with respect to food security.  It addresses the role of water in agriculture throughout the world and agriculture’s impact on water resources.  Climate change is an important driver of water and food insecurity.

AGRY 337 Environmental Hydrology

Offered in the spring by Prof. Laura Bowling

This course provides introductory students with both the basics of how water moves through the environment and current theories as to how hydrologic response is modified by environmental change at a variety of temporal and spatial scales.  Usually has one week is specifically focused on climate change & hydrologic impacts.

AGRY 399 Climate Change in Africa Course

Offered in spring (but not 2016) by Profs. Rich Grant and Cliff Johnston

The impacts of climate change are greatest where societies are the poorest in resources and least capable of adapting.  The effects of the changing climate on the arid regions of Africa have already been significant, threatening the very fabric of the society. This seminar will look at the changes in climate in West Africa and present and future impacts of the changes on availability of food and water.

ANTH 327 Environment and Culture

Offered in the fall, spring, or summer by Prof. Laura Zanotti

This course provides a general overview to the field of environmental anthropology, and surveys key methods, and theories that anthropologists use to interpret human-environment interactions. Topics include culture ecology, agroecology, ethnobiology, political ecology, and environmental justice.

EAPS 109-Y The Dynamic Earth (Distance Learning)

Offered in the spring by Prof. Wen-wen Tung

This new course studies the Earth with the system’s approach, introducing how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biota interact in response to various internal and external forcings. Basic mechanisms for phenomena such as radiative transfer, greenhouse effect, winds, precipitation, storm formation (hurricanes and tornadoes), ocean currents, El Nino, carbon and nutrient cycles, etc., are discussed. Climate changes within and between the components in the Earth system and the resulting feedbacks are examined.

EAPS 111 Physical Geology

Offered in the summer, fall, and spring by Prof. Nat Lifton

Geologic processes and the development of land forms. Laboratory covers the study of minerals and rocks, the interpretations of topographic and geologic maps, and field investigations.

EAPS 120 Introduction to Geography

Offered in the fall, spring, or summer by Prof. Jon Harbor

Introduction to the major themes of modern geography, designed to enhance your spatial thinking skills, geographic literacy, and to help you understand the relevance of geographic concepts and how they relate to our changing world. This course will expand your awareness of global issues and provide you with tools to understand how the world around you changes at local, regional, and global scales.

EAPS 221 / NRES 230 Survey of Atmospheric Science/Meteorology

Offered in the fall, spring, or summer by Prof. Harshvardhan

A general study of the atmosphere, basic meteorological principles, and weather systems. Relationships of the changing atmosphere to climate ozone depletion, and other contemporary issues.

EAPS 327 - Climate, Science, and Society

Typically offered Fall Spring by Prof. Lisa Welp 

The primary goal of this course is to teach Climate Science Literacy.  Climate change is one of the most complex societal problems of the day, spanning disciplines as far ranging as atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry, ecology, economics, ethics, and policy.  Students will gain an in-depth understanding of Earth’s climate system; how it works and how humans are changing it.  They will learn about potential problems such as sea level rise, trends in storm frequency and intensity, severity of droughts and the occurrence of extreme weather events.  This course will provide knowledge and skills necessary for informed citizenship by encouraging students to apply scientific information to evaluate public discussions and policy decisions related to climate change.

EAPS 420 Global Climate Modeling

Offered in the fall (once every two years or so) by Prof. Yutian Wu

This course focuses on the components of state-of-the-art climate models, endeavoring to understand, or at least appreciate, the science and approximations that lie behind predictions of future climate change. The course will proceed in lecture/seminar format. Participants will be expected to read and present background material on climate models, run and/or analyze the output from an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) class climate model, and complete a small research project.

FNR 488 Global Environmental Issues

Offered in the fall of 2016 only by Prof. Linda Prokopy

Students who take this class will be able to explain the issues, facts and concepts central to a broad range of environmental issues, including climate change.  They will be able to apply scientific evidence to form ethically-grounded opinions on controversial environmental topics.  Students will be able to assess proposed solutions to environmental problems.  This course is highly engaging and uses a lot of active learning techniques.

POL 223 Introduction to Environmental Policy

Offered in the fall and spring by Prof. Kim Marion Suiseeya

Study of decision making as modern societies attempt to cope with environmental and natural resources problems. Focuses on the American political system, with some attention to the international dimension. Current policies and issues will be examined. 

POL 323 Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy

Typically offered Summer Fall Spring by Prof. Mark Tilton

The course compares environmental politics and policy in different countries, with emphasis on Germany, Japan, the United States and China.  Particular attention is given to climate change and renewable energy.  The course explores why environmental politics and policy varies so much between countries, what factors are driving change, and how international negotiations over climate change affect domestic policies.

POL423 International Environmental Policy

Offered once per year, fall or spring by Prof. Kim Marion Suiseeya 

Environmental policy development in the international arena, with attention to international law, international organizations, and transboundary environmental problems. 

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