About Environmental Studies

Environmental issues are among the most pressing facing humanity. This minor encourages you to investigate the nature and causes of environmental problems and to consider solutions to those problems. Environmental studies is by its very nature interdisciplinary. You'll consider the biological, physical, and social aspects of ecology and environment. All of the courses taught emphasize the interconnection of the various facets of life that comprise ecosystems.

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Environmental Biology

Provides an introduction to the living world and human impacts on it. Fundamental ecological concepts are presented to show how nature works as a web of interconnected factors. Major environmental problems and their possible solutions are discussed.

The Raw and the Cooked

Everybody eats, but how do we choose what to eat? We are constrained by our metabolic needs, the foods that are available to us, and our beliefs about food and nutrition. Using a biocultural perspective we will examine the ways in which foods have shaped our evolution, our history and environment, and our current world.

Environmental Pollution and Health

A course addressing water and air pollution in developing countries, with special focus on the emerging groundwater arsenic contamination in a number of countries. Faculty-led field visits to arsenic-affected areas in Bangladesh or India are arranged as part of the course work.

Class trip to Bangladesh

“Professor Alauddin was like dad, educator, and tour guide in Bangladesh. He's a key researcher in all this, and he knows a lot of crucial people.”