Environmental Perspectives

An environmental perspective allows students to consider the changing nature of the earth and its constituent elements, as well as the relationship between the physical, biological, and human worlds. Courses meeting this requirement will explore factors affecting the environment and develop understanding of the extent to which changes in the earth's environment are affected by human activities, and are also the results of non-human processes. Courses should explore potential consequences of the changes, and whether these changes are healthy and desirable for human beings and other organisms. Finally, students should also explore the nature of the consequences and trade-offs involved if some or all of these changes are slowed, stopped, or their effects mitigated.