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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Without Bound? An exploration of Human Population Growth

Instructor(s): Rachel Roe-Dale, Mathematics

Throughout history the human population has doubled many times. Will the population continue to grow without bound? If not, how many people can the earth support? In this course students will use tools from many different disciplines to explore issues surrounding population growth. We will begin with a discussion of population demographics throughout history. We will then explore simple mathematical models to describe population growth and consider many of the social issues connected to population growth such as carrying capacity, sustainability, city development, food supply, and fertility.