ENSC 1015-1016: Foundations of Environmental Sciences
Foundations of Environmental Science (ENSC 1015 or 1016) is a 3 credit course for students interested in learning the basics of environmental science, specifically the background and science behind many topical issues. The course is discussion focused, forcing students to consider all sides of the issues discussed, as well as their place and impact on the world. Emphasizing the relationship between human and natural systems, ecosystem services, and resource management, a student will gain a national and global perspective on the environment and societal concerns about it.
Why take it?
Environmental degradation and the loss of ecosystem services are two of the biggest challenges faced by the modern world. This course will allow students to examine the impact human beings have on the environment from both an individual and societal standpoint. Students will develop and foster skills such as critical thinking, communication, ethical reasoning, inquiry, and creativity, which will serve them well in their future academic, professional, civic, and personal lives.
Foundations of Environmental Sciences fulfills a requirement or elective in the following Pathways minors:
- Blue Planet
- Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
- Ecosystems for Human Well-Being
- Pathways to Sustainability
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Natural Sciences and Intercultural and Global Awareness.