Environmental Evolution, the Lynn Margulis legacy course, is a big-picture science course that examines the co-evolution of life and the environment. It offers an understanding of Gaia Theory, Earth history, the origin and effects of life, and the theory of evolution. It also provides insight into contemporary issues such as environmental preservation, climate change and the role of the microbial world in both human and planetary health. While the course takes on some challenging topics the focus is on general understanding. It is recommended, but not required, that students have already taken a semester of science, especially either biology, geology or chemistry. Environmental Evolution is a critical thinking course that teaches how scientists ask questions, investigate nature and build a world-view that is based on facts. The class is taught through lectures, discussions, some readings, films, and recordings made by scientists who are leaders in their fields. Grading is based on written assignments, weekly discussion forum questions, several short quizzes and a final paper.
Monday, November 6, 2017 to Monday, February 5, 2018