ENVS 3100 Topics in Applied Environmental Studies: Ecosystems and Human Impact

Instructor Contact:

Emily Nocito, MS

Email: emily.nocito@colorado.edu

About the Course:

This course is designed as an applications course. It explores human and anthropocentric issues that have pronounced impact (both good and bad) on the environment. Students apply their basic knowledge of environmental science, policy and values towards contemporary case studies. Positions students to participate in interdisciplinary dialogue while learning the hands-on skill of drafting policy briefs. Fulfills application requirement for Environmental Studies majors.

Course Prerequisites: List course prereqs here: N/A


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and Describe how humans have changed their physical environment (Levels 1 & 2)
  2. Discover how policy briefs are created and how they benefit society. Analyze how decision-making at different scales affect our environment and global commons (Levels 3 & 4)
  3. Assess contemporary environmental policies (Level 5)
  4. Write a variety of policy briefs show proficiency of materials (Level 6)

Required Texts:

N/A; this course is rooted in an OER philosophy

Grading (out of n points):

This course is graded out of 400 points


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