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
This course examines why markets "fail" in the presence of pollution and how the "optimal" level of environmental quality can be achieved at the least cost to society. It focuses on energy where there are significant environmental costs of production and/or consumption. Topics include benefit/cost analysis, marketable emission permits, and carbon taxes.
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.