Environmental Science of Natural and Built Environments 

Good environmental management requires a basic understanding of physical and biological science concepts and principles. These courses are meant to provide you with that understanding—with the expectation that a scientifically savvy individual will make a better policy analyst, environmental activist, or entrepreneur. Given the breadth of the topic of environmental science, these courses cover information found in geology, soil science, hydrology, ecology, environmental chemistry, and atmospheric science classes. The classes are not just about facts; through the assignments and discussion, your understanding of the scientific method, comfort with scientific vocabulary, and ability to glean important information from literature will increase. Thus, the goal is not only to teach you about perturbations to global biogeochemical cycles, importance of redox and photochemical reactions, and threats to biodiversity—it is also to teach you how to think critically and solve problems.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of the scientific method
  • Familiarity with scientific vocabulary
  • Ability to glean information from the literature
  • Means to think critically and solve problems
  • Develop scientific writing skills