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ENV3600 - ARCTIC ECONOMICS:CLIMATE AND POLICY

ARCTIC ECONOMICS:CLIMATE AND POLICY

ENV3600: Arctic Economics: Climate and Policy 4 credit elective abroad This course focuses on the intersection between Arctic climate, Policy, and economics. The first part of the course will be taught as a team-taught course with faculty and students from Babson College, Brown University, and Nord University in Bodo, Norway. The first part of this course will last two and a half weeks and will be taught above the Arctic Circle in Bodo, Norway at Nord University and will require travel to above the Arctic Circle in Norway in January. While in Bodo, classes will be all day and will include travel to both an economic operation (possibly Bodo Oil Terminal) and an ocean ship travel to Svolvaer on the Lofoten Peninsula where we will stay overnight on the boat (above the Arctic Circle in the middle of January). The course will have extensive readings, and will cover issues related to Arctic climate, Arctic policy, and the effects of these on the economics of the Arctic, particularly as it relates to shipping. This integrated, multi-disciplinary course will be taught by natural sciences, social scientists, and economists and will cover a diverse and Arctic climate and environment; the peoples of the Arctic; the economics of marine services and transport; Arctic shipping trends, risks and management; Arctic ecosystems; Arctic natural resources and geopolitics and self-determination; environmental management, including metrics and assessment; Arctic rescue and preparedness management; and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report. Students will be expect to put this all together working in teams of three (one from Babson, one from Brown, one from Nord) in a group project that is due while in Bodo

4.00 credits

NST1010 - ASTRONOMY

ASTRONOMY

NST1010 Astronomy 4 credits The evolution and structure of the universe are explained using underlying basic physical principles along with the historical development of our present understanding. We will explore the instruments and data collection techniques used by astronomers and learn how they can be applied to solve problems in other disciplines. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

NST1020 - ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

NST1020 Energy and the Environment 4 credits As the worlds current energy demand continues to rise, it is critical to understand the causes, impacts, and possible solutions to our current global energy crisis. This course will focus on the technologies associated with renewable forms of energy and their potential for future success. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

NST1030 - ELECTRONICS

ELECTRONICS

NST1030 Electronics 4 credit Foundation Liberal Arts Electronic devices transform the way people work and communicate. This course will focus on understanding the inner workings of those devices to provide a background on what they can and cannot do. We will also explore the impact of resource limitations on electronics, and how electronics can contribute to solving some resource issues. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

NST1040 - HUMAN BIOTECHNOLOGY

HUMAN BIOTECHNOLOGY

NST1040 Human Biotechnology 4 credit foundation liberal arts This course will provide you with a broad review of the basic scientific concepts, ethical considerations, and practical applications of biotechnology in our daily lives. We will discuss the regulations, technologies, and methods used by academic research laboratories, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, and forensic scientists. Through this course, you will gain a number of different perspectives on personalized medicine, stem cells, drug discovery, development, and regulation, food, and the environment, all of which are directly connected to human health and well-being. By the end of this course, you will recognize the importance of biotechnology in the world today and see multiple scales of its application from molecular to global levels. You will be able to compare and contrast the positive and negative contributions biotechnology has made to our lives and you will grasp its strengths and limitations as we move forward into the middle of the 21st century.

4.00 credits

NST1060 - OCEANOGRAPHY

OCEANOGRAPHY

NST1060: Oceanography 4 credits Over 70% of the globe is covered by ocean. Marine systems are a nexus of life crucial sources of protein for human populations, reservoirs of minerals, and regulators of the global climate. However, human populations have increased demand for ocean resources in greater numbers than is ecologically sustainable. In addition, the ocean serves as a dumping ground for many types of waste, resulting in waters degraded by pollution. The objective of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the physical, biological, and chemical processes driving ocean fundamentals. In addition, we will examine how human demand on marine resources impacts ocean communities. This course will stress the importance of the scientific method both in principle and in practice. Extensive discussion of human environmental impacts on the ocean (e.g., climate change, marine pollution, overfishing) will enhance perspectives of self-awareness and ethical decision-making related to social, economic and environmental responsibility and sustainability (SEERS). Critical analysis is emphasized in class discussions, exam questions, lab reports, written assignments, and the group project. Assignments facilitate development of logical communication skills, appropriate use of graphs and tables, and organizing, synthesizing, evaluating and interpreting scientific information. Through lab and group activities, this course fosters team work and ability to work with others. International and multicultural perspectives are integral to the course, since the oceans influence on human populations is global, both directly on the coasts, and indirectly away from the coasts (via weather, climate, and seafood production). Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

NST1070 - CLIMATE AND HUMAN HEALTH

CLIMATE AND HUMAN HEALTH

NST1070: Climate and Human Health 4 Credits This course investigates the interaction between the spheres of natural science and human health. Human activities impact the global climate and the resultant climate change impacts human health, both directly and indirectly. This course focuses on the background of various global health issues and their links to climate using the scientific method and multiple data-driven activities to evaluate research questions. We will also evaluate the integrity of scientific data, assessing reliable sources of information with respect to transparency and scientific bias. Specific topics covered in this course include the connections between global changes such as sea level and temperature rise with human impacts including increasing climate migration, spread of infectious disease, and threats to food security. We will also investigate connections between industrialized agricultural, fossil fuel use, and the deterioration of water and air quality. Finally, we address the prominent role of environmental racism in the human health and climate connection. In taking this course, students will gain a broader understanding about the long-term effects of their actions, both on themselves as individuals and on other global citizens, and recognize opportunities for individual and systemic changes that result in a more sustainable world. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits

NST2020 - CASE STUDIES IN ECOSYSTEM MGMT

CASE STUDIES IN ECOSYSTEM MGMT

NST2020 Case Studies in Ecosystems Management 4 credit Intermediate Liberal Arts Successful businesses must fully appreciate and understand sustainable management strategies for our vital natural resources. Here we will focus on understanding the ecological principles of natural resource management while exploring new strategies for environmental conservation. Prerequisites: NST10%

4.00 credits

NST2030 - CASE STUDIES IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

CASE STUDIES IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

NST2030 Case Studies in Biomedical Science 4 credit intermediate liberal arts An in-depth study of the process for developing and commercializing biomedical technologies. The course explores understanding the role of translational research as a foundation for diagnostic and therapeutic products. The mechanisms underlying selected biomedical devices will also be described. Prerequisites: NST10%

4.00 credits

NST2040 - CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

NST2040 Case Studies in Sustainable Food Systems 4 credit intermediate liberal arts What is food where does it come from, how is it grown, what resources does it use, whats the difference between a GMO and an organic product, what do labels mean, is it sustainable? This course looks to take a scientific and systems based look at the food we eat and deeply examine all of the steps that occur between farm to table. We need food to survive and food must be grown, cultivated, harvested, processed, and distributed so that we can benefit from it. These steps take place in different ways all across the globe, across the country, and among our neighbors. In this class, well look at what it means to be a sustainable food system, look at historical approaches that worked to meet/deviate from this goal, and look at how the future aims to feed a growing world with increasingly diminishing resources. By the end of this course, you will recognize the importance of sustainable food systems and know the different areas that comprise this system. You will be able to distinguish between sustainable and non-sustainable food systems. Through this design, this course meets the college learning goals of Rhetoric, Quantitative and Information Analysis, Ethics and SEERS, and Critical and Integrative Thinking. Prerequisite: NST10%%

4.00 credits

NST2060 - CASE STUDIES IN DRUG DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS

CASE STUDIES IN DRUG DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS

NST2060: Case Studies in Drug Development Systems 4 intermediate liberal arts credits Drug development is a dynamic, multidisciplinary industry that encompasses the discovery, scientific, clinical and economic assessment of a new compounds safety, efficacy, potential side effects and requires the collaboration and innovation of scientists, chemists, clinicians, statisticians, lawmakers, business leaders and entrepreneurs. Over the last 30 years, the idealized goal of drug discovery has been to identify a specific chemical substance that is highly specific for a single molecular target and arrests or stems the advancement of disease. Although the goal is highly specific and the process seems linear, there are many contributing, and often unforeseen factors that inform drug design, the drug development pipeline and the eventual success or failure of a given drug candidate. In this course, we will take a systems approach to identify and describe all of the contributing elements of identifying, characterizing and bringing a drug to market, to define the physiological, biological, economic and regulatory systems that characterize the process and to outline the social, economic and environmental considerations of a sustainable and productive model for drug development. Prerequisites: NST10XX (NST 1)

4.00 credits

NST2070 - ASTROBIOLOGY EMERGENCE OF COMPLEX SYSTEM

ASTROBIOLOGY EMERGENCE OF COMPLEX SYSTEM

NST2070: ASTROBIOLOGY AND THE EMERGENCE OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS 4 intermediate liberal arts credit The prospects for simple and intelligent life beyond earth are discussed in terms of planetary science, molecular biology, complexity theory, evolution and thermodynamics. Discussions will focus on the processes leading to the emergence of complex systems as well as the biological and physical interdependencies of life and the environment. Prerequisites: NST10XX

4.00 credits

NST2080 - SOCIO ECOLOGICAL URBAN SYSTEMS

SOCIO ECOLOGICAL URBAN SYSTEMS

HSS2080: Socio-Ecological Urban Systems 4 credits Socio-Ecological Urban Systems will be co-taught by Profs. Vikki Rodgers and Stephen Deets as a single course. Socio-ecological systems (SES) are linked systems of people with nature, emphasizing that humans must be seen as a part of, not apart from nature. This course will begin by discovering the nature within cities. Many of the vital ecosystem services for which human life depends are derived from under-appreciated urban habitats. We will also investigate the history, human demography trends and socio-economic patterns within cities in various parts of the world, including the land, water, and energy resources cities consume as well as air, water, and solid waste pollution produced and distributed widely. We will discuss the limitations and problems within much of the current built environment, but also explore new sustainable and inclusive urban planning strategies that include innovative architectural design and green technologies. Studying SES allows for the development of important skills for future leaders, such as approaches for incorporating uncertainty, nonlinearity, and self-reorganization from instability. Transdisciplinary approaches will be employed to address complex temporal, spatial, and organizational scales to investigate real world challenges. Prerequisites: RHT1000 AND RHT1001 AND AHS1000 AND NST10&&

4.00 credits

NST2090 - SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS:FEEDING MOD US

SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS:FEEDING MOD US

NST2090/HSS2090: Socio-Ecological Systems: Feeding the Modern United States 4 intermediate liberal arts credits The sustainability of the global food system hinges on the full scope of the systems environmental resilience and safety. This course will be co-taught by a U.S. historian and a biologist and it focuses on the history, science, and future sustainability of the food system in the United States and across the globe. Students will study food security and food deserts, the origins of our plant and animal food products, and the labor required to bring food to our tables. They will learn about the social and environmental stressors across the entirety of the food system - from the use of the worlds resources and the impact of climate change, to the communities nearby to where the food is grown, raised, processed or sold; they will study the health and safety of the agricultural and food service labor force, comprised first of enslaved people and later of im/migrant workers, many of whom lack official documentation. This interdisciplinary course on sustainability is designed to teach students about the social, historical, and environmental dimensions of a sustainable food system. Prerequisites: RHT1000 and RHT1001 and NST10%%

4.00 credits

QTM1000 - QM FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS I

QM FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS I

QTM1000: Quantitative Methods for Business Analytics I 4 credits The course introduces the necessary core quantitative methods that are prerequisites to follow-on courses in QTM and in Babson's integrated core business offerings. Statistical software and the use of spreadsheets are integrated throughout so that students better comprehend the importance of using modern technological tools for effective model building and decision-making. About two thirds of the course is data-oriented, exposing students to basic statistical methods, their conceptual underpinning, such as variability and uncertainty, and their use in the real world. Topics include data collection, descriptive statistics, elementary probability rules and distributions, sampling distributions, and basic inference. The last third of the course is dedicated to selected non-statistical quantitative techniques applied to business models. Topics include curve fitting, differential calculus applications to non-linear optimization, and introduction to the time value of money. Prerequisites: None

4.00 credits