Course Descriptions



This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall or Spring





Course Description

This course will focus on examining, systematically and creatively, the relationships between human activities and the environment. Through local field trips on campus, case studies, projects, and discussions, we will explore how biological constructs and current technology can be used to understand and address environmental challenges both in NJ and globally.  We will work to uncover the complexities surrounding issues such as climate change, land use modifications, and pollution. 

Course Syllabus:

 Spring 2023 Syllabus

Course  Learning Goals:

  • Identify the key biological and/or ecological principles at the root of major environmental problems
  • Recognize the role of research and technology in understanding and addressing complex environmental issues
  • Develop the skills needed to interpret scientific information and engage in systems-oriented thinking for informed decision-making regarding environmental issues.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals

Our Common Future [CCO]

Natural Science [NS]

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Course Requirements:

Assignments – 20%

Class and Group Participation - 15% 

Concept Checks -5%

Final Project – 30%

Mid-term and Final Exams - 30%

Course Materials

  • Required Textbook: None
  • Handouts and readings to be provided by instructor

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences -Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.


Prof. Carrie Ferraro

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.