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Economics and the Earth’s Environment

Can be taken as: Domain

Earth sciences and economics are essential for our understanding of the many mechanisms that affect Earth's environment. This domain educates students in the fundamentals of each discipline. The student's education in economics provides the fundamentals of this discipline and their application to the resultant effects of economic choices on Earth's environment. Examples of these applications include the economic effects of public policy towards resource industries and methods of waste disposal, and the potential effects of global warming on the global economy.

Students learn of minerals, rocks, soils and waters which define much of Earth's environment and how these materials interact with each other and with the atmosphere. Courses in specific subdisciplines of Earth Sciences combined with courses presenting a global vision of how the Earth and its environment operate provide the student with the necessary knowledge of geologic processes. Examples of this knowledge include the effects of mineral and energy extraction on the environment and how industrial waste interacts with solids and liquids in the environment. The Earth Science and economics pedagogic paths merge in the final year when the students apply what they have learned in the domain to current environmental issues.

Note: This Domain is open only to students in the BA Faculty Program in Environment.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Faculty Program Environment - Economics and the Earth's Environment (54 Credits)