This Environmental Studies sequence focuses on some of the most urgent policy issues facing modern society, such as the sometimes conflicting demands for protecting the environment while supplying the energy needs of high technology-based companies.
The courses in this sequence are taught by faculty from the departments of Engineering, Economics, Politics, and Theology and Religious Studies.
HSEV 101: Environmental Science and Engineering
This course covers the basic sciences of the environment, with a particular focus on the concept of sustainability. The course describes the structure and operation of natural systems and the implications of the study of such systems to sustainability in human societies. It analyzes ecosystem services, their critical role, the human impact, and the methodology of conservation, preservation, and restoration. It addresses the transition to renewable energy sources and issues of clean water availability and food production.
HSEV 102: Religion, Ethics and Ecology
Examines values in and duties toward the non-human world as well as how such values and duties impact other human concerns. Explores theological, philosophical, inter-religious and scientific sources.
HSEV 203: The Economics of Energy and the Environment
A blend of economic ideas and history of economic thought, this course is a complete introduction to economics for honors students who are non-majors, with application to natural resources, energy, sustainability, and the environment. In addition to an exploration of how markets work, including pricing, rationing, distribution and market process theory, market failures and responses are also considered. Environmental topics covered include (but are not limited to): chemical toxins and pollution; human population growth; peak resources (land, water, oil, minerals); climate change; agriculture and farming; contemporary environmental threats to public health; and the relationship between money and environmental sustainability.
HSEV 204: Environmental Politics and Policy
An introduction to environmental ideology, politics and public policy. Emphasizes the political and social implications of competing approaches to environmental and energy policy, and how policy preferences are pursued through politics, law and the administrative process.