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GEOG 253 is a General Education course within the Nature and Technology Knowledge Domain and is part of the Natural Environmental Systems track of the undergraduate BA and BS degrees in Geography. There are no prerequisites.

What will students learn in this class?

Introduction to the study of human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective, with emphasis on the role of humans in changing the face of the earth. Fundamentals of environmental science as well as global and local issues related to human population growth, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, energy use, climate change, and environmental health.

Questions we might ask in class:

  • Did you ever wonder what happens to the things you throw away?
  • What might the earth's climate be like in 20, 50, or 100 years?
  • What benefits does humanity gain from natural ecosystems?

Course format:

  • Classes are a mixture of lecture and small group work.

What students are saying about this class:

  • "I wanted to learn about what we are doing to the environment and how I could do better."
  • "I wanted to learn about society's impact on the environment."
  • "I'm interested in the environment so this class was perfect for me."