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Natural Sciences

Aquatic Ecosystems in Urban Areas (TESC 102)

Get an introduction to the ways in which urban water bodies are impacted by adjacent land users. Explore sustainable development practices that target some of these environmental concerns.

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Astronomy (ASTR 101)

Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system. Course cannot be taken for credit if you have already taken ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

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Chemistry through History (T CHEM 245)

Examine the discovery and development of natural and man-made chemical processes that have shaped history and impacted society and the environment. Connect chemistry with other scientific discoveries, as well as linking it to other academic disciplines such as politics, social science and art.

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Creativity and Society (BSE 211)

Explores the nature of creativity and innovation in U.S. and other societies. Investigates the processes of thinking and techniques of idea generation in fields such as art, music, science, engineering and medicine.

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Introduction to Environmental Science (ESRM 100)

Examine the importance of the environment in society, with particular emphasis on worldwide distribution and uses of resources, the role of natural and man-made environments and causes of environmental degradation. Learn about the ethics of conservation and recycling. Course cannot be taken for credit if you have already taken ESC 110.

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Introduction to Green Chemistry and Applications of Nanostructured Biomaterials (BSE 190)

Introduces current topics or courses under development to address the latest issues in bioresource science and engineering.

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Introduction to Sustainability (T SUD 222)

This course provides an introduction to the global goal of sustainability and surveys policies and techniques associated with current sustainability initiatives in diverse metropolitan environments. It includes a discussion of scientific debates, conflicts within and between societies at different levels of economic development, key policy arenas for action, and common methods used to further sustainability values.

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The Planets (ASTR 150)

Survey the planets of the solar system, with emphasis on recent space exploration of the planets and on the comparative evolution of the Earth and the other planets.

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