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ENV 296F Topic: An Environmental Study of the Greater New York City Region

Course Description: This course covers the history of the greater New York City environment from earliest times to the present. We begin with a consideration of the geologic and pre-Columbian background, followed by more detailed examination of the effects of development during successive phases: the Dutch and British colonial periods, early and late 19th century industrial periods, 20th century urbanization of the region, and looming environmental challenges of the 21st century. There will be two cruises on the South Street Seaport sailing vessel Pioneer, and several field trips on land. Although geologic and other environmental science topics will be covered, the course is designed for a general audience and has no technical prerequisites. On field trip days students should expect to spend a full day in this course.


3 credits