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Undergraduate Course Details
Number GLS 225
Title Estuaries and Pollution
Credits 3.0
Distribution DII
Prerequisites GLS100 or permission of Department Chairperson


Estuaries are coastal water bodies that have important economic, ecologic, and aesthetic value; however, many are currently being adversely affected by pollution. This class is designed to introduce the dynamics of estuaries in order to understand the interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere in these coastal water bodies. These systems will be investigated with regard to current natural and human influences on New England's estuaries. An optional field trip will be offered to expose students to environments discussed in class. Three lecture hours per week.