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INST 311 The Chesapeake Bay: Human Impact on a Natural System (CORE—Society, Science and Technology)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Scientific Thought section of the Core. (Course is offered as needed/ 3 credits) 

The geology and natural history of the Chesapeake Bay region in the context of society’s exploitation of a natural system will be examined. After a discussion of ecological perspectives of the Chesapeake Bay, the settlement of the region will be traced—how the bay affected the society which developed along its shores and how the bay was, in turn, affected by this growth and development. Readings from the scientific literature will be combined with historical, sociological and economic readings to form a coherent portrait of the interplay between society and the environment.