Urban Ecology
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: UENV 3400
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ecology
  • Urban Environment
Urban Ecology is an in-depth introduction to the city as an ecosystem. This course provides an important interdisciplinary approach to understanding our environment by integrating biophysical and socio-economic forces (e.g., biology, economics, public policy) to understand, predict, and manage the emergent phenomena we call cities. We will cover such key questions as: What is an urban ecosystem? Are cities sustainable environments? Glancing at a typical map of the world, one might conclude that cities cover a small proportion of the continents and, therefore, have little environmental impact. However, our planet is increasingly urban. As cities become the dominant living environment for humans, there is growing concern about how to make such places more habitable, healthy and safe, more ecological, and more equitable. This course will make explicit the connection between human livelihoods in cities, quality of life and the dependence on the ecological processes and cycles that support city living. Students must have completed UENV 2400 prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.