Introduction to Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study of the human relationship with the Earth's environment. The course will examine current environmental thought; physical, chemical, and biological principles related to environmental science; environmental economics and ethics; and an analysis of current environmental problems.
The fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, and geology create perspectives of the world that contribute to modern life in numerous ways. Using the basic principles of the scientific method, this course explores many natural phenomena through the lenses of classical physics, principles of chemistry, and classification of biological structures. Sources for this approach come from the history and philosophy of science and from using topics and readings that inform contemporary scientific thought. This course will also use a selective analysis of the scientific methods used by geologists, botanists, archeologists, zoologists, and other natural scientists.
Provides a qualitative introduction to the nature of the solar system and beyond. The topics include: the celestial sphere, astronomical observation techniques, the planets and moons, asteroids and comets, the Sun, the lives and evolutions of stars, pulsars, black holes, galaxies and dark matter. This course is intended as a broad-based introduction to astronomy for students who are not majoring in science.