This survey of contemporary environmental issues emphasizes developing the reasoning skills needed for informed judgments. Topics include the history of environmentalism in the United States, the global character of the environmental crisis, and special topics, including atmospheric ozone, global warming, acid rain, air pollution, global population growth, pesticides, nuclear power, alternative energy, biodiversity and species extinction, and genetically modified crops. The limits of technology to resolve environmental problems is also addressed. Credits: 3.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Notes: Satisfies a humanities and social sciences elective.