did you hear?Ocean acidification: increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) can result in reduced growth or even death of shell-forming animals (e.g., corals, molluscs) and disruption of marine food webs and reproductive physiology (EPOCA).
As years pass, there is increasing public awareness of the need to consider the environment when we think about our lives as citizens, as human beings.
The questions posed by our relation to the natural world have no easy answers. Yet, exploring the issues raised can bring a richer understanding, one that may help in making wise decisions for our future.
To enable such exploration, faculty from various divisions across campus teach courses that allow students to develop a multi-disciplinary Environmental Studies Minor. Our relation to the natural world has many dimensions and to explore these we need to draw on work done in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, etc.
This multi-disciplinary Environmental Studies Minor supplements work in all majors and, exploring environmental issues within a liberal arts context, it prepares students for a life of critical and informed reflection on the biological, cultural, and social issues related to environmental concern.