This course is an introduction to the relationship between humans and the physical world upon which we live. Traditionally, this relationship has involved humans using different portions of the natural environment to benefit society. Often these uses are detrimental to the environment. During lectures and through directed readings and assignments students will learn the ways in which humans impact the natural environment and the issues surrounding the need to minimize negative impacts. Topics covered include energy flow, ecosystem structure, matter cycling, biodiversity, climate change, protected areas, and commons resource management.
Cross-registered with (Environmental Science) 31:192.
3 lecture hours per week, one term
Successors: 31:476, 38:476.
Transfer Equivalents: Look up 38:192 in the BU Course Transfer Database.