Course Information

The Scientific Basis of Environmental Issues

Course ID: UCSF 137
School:Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Program: Tier 1 Science Core
Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

Understanding environmental issues and their underlying scientific principles will occupy a central role in students' lives and will be critical in development as informed and participating members of society. The overarching strategy of the course will be to frame environmental science in terms of a series of interacting systems to allow students to analyze a variety of environmental issues. Outcomes: Exhibit knowledge of the nature of the four Earth systems 2) Draw inferences from the evidence, constructing testable and falsifiable hypotheses and analyzing data.3) Understand the role of energy and thermodynamics in ecosystems; 4) Understand and describe important cycles in nature


This is a foundational Tier I class; it is a prerequisite to all Tier II science core classes. It is meant to be taken by non-IES majors.

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor
A Mon, Tue, Wed 10 AM - 12 PM Gregory Palmer

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