This course will consider the emerging discipline of sustainability systems research from an integrative natural and social science perspective. We will start off with a study of carrying capacity in ecological systems and move on to theories of ecological resilience, adaptation and restoration. The course is predicated in natural science methods but considers social and humanistic intersections of natural processes as well. The text we will use in the class is "Sustainability Science," by Bert J.M. de Vries. Students will be evaluated with a combination of class tests and projects that are linked to real-world sustainability challenges.
Natural Science (NS)
ENVS 001 or ENVS 002 or NR 002 or CDAE 002; sophomore standing