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Environmental Studies

  • ENVSTY 101  The Nature of Environmental Problems

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    An introduction to environmental issues and analysis emphasizing comparisons between the sustainable characteristics of ecosystems, both natural and human, and the human impacts on the Earth's life support systems. Topics include human population growth, food production, use of natural resources, pollution, loss of bio-diversity, and conservation strategies.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 111L  Environmental Concerns and Chemical Solutions

    Description:
    Human society is constantly facing such environmental issues and problems as ozone depletion, air pollution, acid rain, environmental toxins, and renewable energy resources. This course provides students with a foundation in chemistry that can be used to examine these and other environmental concerns. A combination of lecture and group discussion illustrates the science behind these issues, and helps students develop an unbiased view. CHEM 111L and ENVSTY 111L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 246L  U.S. Environmental History

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    Since human beings first arrived in the land that we know today as the United States, they have altered its landscape, natural resources and ecosystems and have in turn had their actions and values changed by these elements. The course explores these interactions from the time of the earliest Native American settlers to todays multicultural societyfrom problems that were primarily related to land use and food resources to such complex contemporary issues as air and water pollution, resource scarcity, species extinction, and global warming. Central to the course is the question of whether understanding the historical roots of environmental problems helps to identify possible solutions. AMST 246L and ENVSTY 246L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 250L  Environmental Policymaking

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    This course provides an overview of environmental policymaking in the US and to a lesser degree internationally. It examines how environmental knowledge is turned into laws, regulations, management practices, and social behavior. Through case studies and role-playing, students experience the dynamic interplay of science, interest group politics, economic and institutional constraints, and value-based social movement organizing. ENVSTY 250L and POLSCI 250L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 267L  Introduction to Coastal Biological Systems

    Description:
    This course will survey coastal marine habitats in terms of the organisms that inhabit these regions; the biological processes that dominant within those environments and the impacts of that habitat on humans. The objectives of the course will be for the students to gain an appreciation and understanding of the diversity and function of coastal marine systems in terms of the biological organisms and biological processes that are found there. EEOS 267L and ENVSTY 267L are the same course.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 280  Special Topics in Environmental Studies

    Description:
    The course covers a variety of areas in environmental studies. The topic is announced during preregistration period.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 301  Internship in Environmental Studies

    Description:
    The internship requires a minimum of 100 hours of service doing environmental work with government, non-government, corporate, or research organizations. The program can assist students in finding appropriate internship placements. Each students supervisor at the placement organization provides a report on the interns performance and students submit a paper to the program director describing their internship experience. The number of credits varies according to the number of internship hours. This course may be taken on a pass/fail basis only.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 401  Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation

    Description:
    This is the capstone course for students who enroll in the Environmental Studies Program. Students in this small seminar analyze a particular environmental problem, often one directly associated with UMass Boston or its immediate community. Students examine the technical, social, and political aspects of the problem, determine whether policy changes or other initiatives are necessary, and develop a plan of action. Recent topics have included reducing the environmental footprint of UMass Boston and evaluating watershed management for communities near Boston.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 478  Independent Study

    Description:
    Research and reading in a selected area of environmental studies, guided by a faculty advisor.   More Info

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  • ENVSTY 479  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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