ENS2200EN - Earth resources and sustainable development

Course description

Our civilization is heavily dependent on the extraction, transformation, and utilization of earth resources such as fossil fuels and solid minerals. Consider sustainable development within the context of exploring, exploiting, and transforming earth resources. Explore the fundamentals of selected earth resources, including: coal, gold, petroleum, mineral sands, base metals, and geothermal energy.

How this course benefits students

Students gain understanding of different earth resources and how the transformation of earth resources has shaped human civilization. Students articulate why it is crucial for earth resources to be explored, developed and exploited in a sustainable manner and what this means for earth resources, most of which are non-renewable in nature.

Why this course is important

The ability for humans to explore, exploit and transform earth resources sets them apart from the rest of creation. However, most earth resources are non-renewable (meaning they cannot be replaced or regenerated naturally) and should be utilized with this understanding in mind. This course equips learners with a foundational understanding of earth resources and what it means for these resources to be utilized in a sustainable manner.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Abigail Harding, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The exploration, development, and exploitation of earth resources are evaluated according to Biblical standards of stewardship.

Missionally driven

The utilization of earth resources is evaluated within the framework of providing for human physical needs. This course prepares missional students to be better-informed stewards of creation and prepares them to meet others at their point of need.

Contextually informed

In this course, learners gain insight into why and how humans extract and transform natural resources.

Interculturally focused

Learners gain insight into the exploration, development and exploitation of earth resources within different cultures.

Practically minded

Students are equipped with knowledge about the exploration, development and exploitation of earth resources which is applicable to contemporary sustainability efforts.

Experientially transformed

Students are encouraged to examine their own faith and resource use in consideration of Biblical stewardship, contemporary utilization of earth resources, and sustainability efforts.