James W. C. White

My teaching interests at the undergraduate level focus on human interactions with the environment, as well as general geosciences. I have a strong commitment to undergraduate education in this area, as I believe that an educated citizenry is important in ensuring that reasonable environmental policy is made and implemented. I teach and helped to develop a large lecture class, Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENVS 1000). This course covers the broad spectrum of environmental studies, from the social to the natural sciences.  In addition, I developed and teach a large upper level undergraduate course, GEOL 3520, Environmental Issues. This course addresses our present and future energy sources, and how those energy sources affect the Earth’s systems, including climate and biogeochemistry. At the graduate level, I teach courses in my research specialty, stable isotope geochemistry and biogeochemistry.  I have also taught the ENVS Honor’s course, and supervised the ENVS Internship Program. I have also been relatively successful in securing funding for education at CU. With a number of other faculty at CU, I have had grants funded by NASA (Earth System Science Education), as well as a multi-million dollar NSF-IGERT graduate training grant. This grant supported 13 graduate students per year for five years in an experiment in team building, disciplinary silo breaking, and co-educating social science, natural science, and journalism graduate students in carbon cycle dynamics, economics and policy.


Current Courses

  • ENVS/GEOL 3520: Environmental Issues in Geosciences


Past Courses

  • ENVS 1000: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 3930: Internship in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 4990: Senior Thesis in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 5900: Carbon, Climate, and Society
  • GEOL 1070: Global Change
  • GEOL 1110: Global Change Lab
  • GEOL 5700: Environmental Isotopes
  • GEOL 5700: Current Literature in Global Change Research

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