This course is an introduction to contemporary environmental issues. Topics may include over-population pressures, climate change, energy consumption, water availability, biological diversity decline, sustainability practices, agricultural land-use, and global environmental governance, among other major global environmental challenges. Faculty from the natural sciences and humanities/social sciences in the Environmental Studies and Sciences program sometimes team-teach this course. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will learn the science behind these issues, as well as the economic, political and cultural factors that influence environmental change and shape our responses to it. This course is required for both the Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences majors and minors.