This course is an overview of topics surrounding the assessment of humankind’s interaction and use of the environment, 对气候的影响, 以及对长期可持续性的评估. Using environmental and economics concepts and methods, the course will cover topics such as means to value natural resources, methods for appropriately mitigating externalities (such as pollution), 评估发展活动. The course will also evaluate the availability and use of natural resources, 耗竭和可再生, 比如能源, 水, 土地, 和森林. 最后, the course will assess relevant topics surrounding 气候 change, 包括它的测量, 原因, effects (magnitude and geographic distribution), 以及潜在的反应. Throughout the course students will learn the relevant government agencies and legal processes surrounding the environment, 气候, 和可持续性. Recommended 前提条件:ECO 201或ECO 202.