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The Earth's Climate System part of Courses
This course will be taught once per year. It provides an introduction to the climate system through lectures, labs, discussions and activities. It uses lecture and inquiry based activities to help students gain ...

Environmental Systems Theory part of Courses
Course begins with an exploration of chaos and complex systems theory as an antidote to the equilibrium thinking most students have been taught. This includes the logistic model as a basic definition of chaos ...

Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy part of Courses
This course explores how scientific information can be used to inform policy decision‐making processes through the use of quantitative modeling techniques. Incorporates both hands‐on analysis and practice using ...

Biological Sciences 110: Organisms and Populations part of Courses
Biological Sciences 110: Organisms and Populations is a foundational biology course that focuses on principles of genetics, evolution, and ecology, as well as the critical connections among them. Students actively ...

Oil, Water and Climate part of Courses
Oil and water are two key strategic resources dominating the international scene. This class provides an overview of global distributions of oil and water resources and analyzes some of the social, economic, and ...

Conservation of Natural Resources part of Courses
This course utilizes current literature seminar-style discussions and integrates the virtual world software SECOND LIFE into some of the content/presentations.

Principles of Environmental Geology part of Courses
This course explores the nature, dynamics and human interactions with near-surface geologic environments including aquifers, watersheds, coastlines and wetlands. We will also explore how specific techniques, ...

Causes and Implications of Global Change part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Using an Earth System Approach:Earth System Science in a Nutshell:Example Courses
This course embodies an integrated introduction to the broad scientific and social aspects of the global change "problem." Two large Global Change issues are discussed in terms of the science, the ...

GLY 1073 - An Introduction to Global Change part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Using an Earth System Approach:Earth System Science in a Nutshell:Example Courses
From Syllabus: An overview of the Earth Sciences from a system's perspective. Students will learn to view the Earth as a complex system of interacting components including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, ...

Global Change and Human Health part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Using an Earth System Approach:Earth System Science in a Nutshell:Example Courses
The course begins by focusing on the dynamics of Earth's physical systems and the impacts of increasing human population on those systems, and concludes by examining several critical health issues in light of ...



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