MELS 316

 Introductory course in environmental sciences and their biological applications. Today, the environment has tremendous impact on human wellness and health. The effect of environmental issues on human body and society are major themes of this course, in addition to understanding biomedical applications for dealing with, and understanding the impact of, environmental issues. The main topics covered in this course are: Environmental problems, their causes, and sustainability; Science, matter, and energy; Ecosystems: What are they and how do they work?; Biodiversity and evolution; Biodiversity, species interactions, and population control; The human population and urbanization; Climate and biodiversity; Sustaining biodiversity: The species and ecosystem approach; The impact of pollution on human health; Environmental hazards and human health; Air pollution, climate change, and ozone depletion; Solid and hazardous waste; and Environmental economics, politics, and worldviews.