Humans are the epitome of an organism that modifies its environment for its own use. The outcomes of our modifications include the creation of cities which cover a small proportion of the continents yet, as of 2011 over half of the world's population lives in cities and by 2050 that number will shift to 2 out of every 3 people. These areas survive by importing natural resources and exporting wastes. Thus, cities have considerable environmental impacts that should be managed in a sustainable fashion.
Urban Ecology is the study of how people in suburbs and cities interact with their environment. Because these interactions take many different forms, the discipline blends content from a variety of disciplines such as economics, psychology, biology, sociology, geography, and public policy. The Urban Ecology class here at Stuy will begin by focusing on the city in which we live before addressing similar issues in urban areas around the world.
Urban Ecology will count as a prerequisite or corequisite for A.P. Environmental Science.