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EOS 302 Introduction to Climate Change
Instructor: Robert Hamersley
The earth's climate is changing because human activity is increasing the levels of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. You will learn what causes climate change, as well as its present and future effects on both the earth and society. You will also learn about the responses society and individuals can make to prevent and adapt to climate change. In the laboratory portion of this class, you will learn how to plan and perform a scientific experiment measuring greenhouse gases.
ECOL 402 Aquatic Conservation (Prerequisite: Biol 140, or consent of Instructor)
Instructor: Anthony Mazeroll
This course examines the problem of maintaining biological diversity in a human dominated world within the aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis is on the biological concepts involved in population biology, genetics and community ecology, and their use in conservation and management of biodiversity. We will investigate the impacts of human-induced climate change, pollution, introduction of exotic species, over fishing, and endangered species conservation.
EMP 320 Environmental Planning and Practice
Instructor: Deike Peters
This course covers the fundamentals of environmental planning and practice, including water supply, air quality, waste treatment, recycling, the protection of farmland, open spaces, wetlands and sensitive coastal habitats as well as best practices in transportation, energy, urban planning and design. How does land use planning work? Who plans? Why, when and how are environmental impact assessments and environmental reviews performed and by whom? How do public authorities, planners, developers, and concerned citizens negotiate intricate land use conflicts, especially in the case of major new infrastructures such as rail corridors, freeways, (air)port expansions or larger, master planned communities?
EMP 300 Sustainable California
Instructor: Deike Peters
This course is a practice- and practitioner-oriented course that advances students' understanding of the specific settings and organizations involved in sustainability planning and practice across (mainly Southern) California. A series of local field trips and guest speakers expose students to the wide range of stakeholders involved in promoting environmental sustainability across the state, showcasing local efforts such as Aliso Viejo’s new Green Initiative and urban infill projects in San Diego as well as complex regional and state-wide planning challenges such as the implementation of Southern California’s Regional Comprehensive Plan and future plans for high-speed rail.