ENV-1060 FYS: Nuclear Power and Society

3 credits

Prerequisite: Open to first-year students only.

This introductory, interdisciplinary course will examine several aspects of nuclear power. Students will be introduced to the basic science behind nuclear power (unstable isotopes, mining, nuclear power plants, and waste disposal), the environmental and biological effects of the use of nuclear power, our economics and politics of nuclear power, and the use of nuclear weapons throughout the world. Guest speakers will be invited to make presentations; field trips will allow students to engage activities, business, and legislators in discussions related to nuclear power; some of the class time will be devoted to the use for computer technology to develop presentations (i.e., Adobe Illustrator, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, and MS Word). This is a first-year seminar course and meets the First-Year Seminar requirement of the GECC.