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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

ENVS-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) Topics vary by section. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

ENVS-396-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Atmospheric Biology
Course Type: Community Based Learning. As a part of this course, students will actively serve with a nonprofit agency or school in the DC area to apply their course knowledge. Atmospheric Biology (3) Neglected since World War II, atmospheric biology has attracted renewed interest due to its potential effects on cloud formation, the water cycle, and regional climate change. Its research tools reside at scalar extremes, from molecular to global satellite imaging. Atmospheric biota contribute to atmospheric aerosols and aerosols are the wild card in climate forecasting, greenhouse gas effect aside. Atmospheric biology matters because it has untapped potential to influence ecosystem services, food security, climate change mitigation, and human health. As a consequence, the time-honored discipline of atmospheric biology is undergoing a renaissance. Students are encouraged to fully explore the full importance of atmospheric biology.
ENVS-396-001
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Ecological Applications
Ecological Applications (3) A key requirement in addressing many of today's environmental issues is a sound understanding of ecological principles. This course provides a survey of these principles, including species interactions, population genetics and demographics, community structure and organization, and ecosystem function, and applies these principles to real-world problems. The course emphasizes quantitative approaches and skills acquisition, and employs a range of teaching methodologies including lectures, discussions, and hand-on activities both in and outside of the classroom.