This strand will provide a year-long and cohesive sequence that develops the foundations of an epistemologically and methodologically diverse understanding of human-environment interactions. To start, ENVS 202 will introduce students to both the range of challenges we face in achieving a sustainable human-environment and the nature of the interdisciplinary inquiry and action required for effective environmental problem solving. Next, ENVS 203 will develop students’ understanding of the Earth’s natural processes, particularly as they relate to human experience of the environment. Finally, building upon the content of the previous two courses, ENVS 204 will situate population distribution, diverse cultural identities, and the uneven development of political and economic systems within the context of changing human-environment interaction over time. Taken together, this sequence of courses will offer an excellent introduction to the study of human-environment interactions and should prove to be an attractive way for students to complete some of the general education requirements.
This GUR strand is by invitation only from the Biology Department.