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|BIO 3991 - Introduction to Sustainability|
BIO 3991. Introduction to Sustainability. (3-0-3) The course will focus on the impacts of human populations on the environment with particular focus on energy, sustainable resource consumption, and pollution. The course will develop a general understanding of how humans exploit natural resources and the technologies used in traditional and alternative energy production and the biogeochemistry of sustainable agriculture and freshwater usage. We will spend considerable time detailing the processes of extracting, refining, and distributing fossil fuels. We will then study the technologies being used to generate alternative energy solutions, including an explanation of how gasification of biomass, refining of bio-fuels, photovoltaic cells and wind turbines function. We will compare these traditional technologies to the alternative solutions to assess their impact on carbon cycling as well as the economic feasibility and efficiency of these technologies, considering both energy output and cost savings through the possible reduction of economic externalities. Additionally, we will analyze the biogeochemical processes that are associated with agriculture, development, and resource extraction that influence pollution and eutrophication of waterways. We will then examine the biochemical processes that cause algal blooms, acidification, and die-offs resulting from this run off. Lastly, the class will examine environmental pollutants with an emphasis on greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter resulting from energy consumption with a specific focus on energy generation, carbon sequestration, atmospheric carbon level, and ocean acidification.
3.000 Credit hours
Biological Sciences Department
* Continuing Education Section
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