Global Environmental Systems* [CRN 83311]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: Sobey
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1240
End: 1400
Field Work: Day 2 | December 12, 2019 | Costa Rica
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Explore the earth’s ecosystems and what is happening to them in this era of human domination. We will look at the atmosphere and the forces and phenomena that impact us and how we impact them. Climate and climate change will be important themes throughout the course. We will look at the seas around our ship with an eye to understanding how they work and how people have changed them. We will look at the tectonic forces and geological processes that shape our planet and how they impact climate and life. And, we will look at life on the planet and how it has changed and continues to change.

We will travel from the cold Baltic Sea through temperate regions of the Atlantic Ocean, through the tropics, and across the equator four times. The transition from one region to the next will be visible from the deck of the ship as well as on land.

People today face enormous environmental challenges and yet few people are fully aware of the challenges nor of underlying forces creating those challenges. If you are concerned about the health of our planet, take this class.


*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.

Field Work

Country: Costa Rica
Day: 2
Date: December 12, 2019

We tour through coastal mangroves and hike through rain forests with naturalists. We will see a range of planets and animals in the two ecosystems and will note the diversity of both. Emphasis of observation on adaptions to the environment will be made.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide context and understanding to the division of habitats
  2. To enjoy the natural beauty
  3. To learn species adaptions to specific environments