This course is an interdisciplinary overview of the geography of energy. The course covers briefly the importance of energy within our economic system and the basics of energy literacy, including unit conversions and net energy analysis. The course then transitions into a discussion of the major sources of energy in current society, including oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, biofuels, hydropower and electricity generation. Within each of these energy areas we will discuss how production, consumption, transportation vary across space.
Human-environment geography perspective on natural resource planning, environmental conservation, and sustainable development throughout the world. Advanced analysis of environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts and at scales ranging from local to global. Emphasis on critical and analytical thinking skills.
Overview of how American society has responded to environmental problems through law and policy. Examination of the public policy debates that have animated the environmental movement in general, and environmental law in particular, including risk assessment and risk management. Includes an overview of environmental law, including the regulatory process, judicial review, and a brief examination of basic environmental statutes. Introduction to an economic analysis of environmental problems and proposed market-based solutions.