Environmental Issues is an introductory (non-laboratory) survey course entirely appropriate for first-year students. Environmental Issues explores diverse problems of human impact on natural systems. Though fundamentally grounded on the basic principles of biology and ecology, this course is designed to encourage interdisciplinary thinking about critical environmental problems. Students explore chemical, biological, political and ethical interactions of environmental systems on scales that range from local to international. The course prepares students for Principles of Ecology and other more advanced courses in Environmental Studies. This course transfers to UW–Madison at the elementary level.