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Environmental Science: Getting Started

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Course Numbers:

Environmental Science I: ENVS 1100

Environmental Science II: ENVS 1200

Environmental Science Lab: ENVS 2100

Environmental Science I:

Environmental Science I provides students with a broad overview of a highly interdisciplinary subject by examining how man can best live with Earth's environment. The first semester concentrates on the biological nature of environmental science: NIMBY, environmental justice, eco-feminism, biological communities, biodiversity, population, food, and hunger.

Environmental Science II:  

Environmental Science II provides students with a broad overview of a highly interdisciplinary subject. The course examines how man can best live with the Earth's environment. The second semester concentrates on the issues surrounding the physical nature of environmental science: air and water urbanization, toxic waste, natural resource management, law, and politics. 

Environmental Science Lab:

Environmental science laboratory presents students with an opportunity to experience the practical work of an environmental scientist. Students will work collaboratively and use hands-on approaches to gain practical experience in many areas of this interdisciplinary science. Through laboratory, classroom, and on- and off-campus field experiences, students will learn to use equipment, make observations, collect data and test hypotheses related to environmental problems. Specific topics include population biology, biological diversity, geographic information systems, environmental quality/pollution, geology, environmental justice and environmental restoration. The course will include a collaborative capstone project investigating an ongoing, local environmental issue. 

Environmental Science

Course Numbers:

Environmental Science I: ENVS 1100

Environmental Science II: ENVS 1200

Environmental Science Lab: ENVS 2100

Environmental Science I & II Textbook Information:

Environmental Science

Course Numbers:

Environmental Science I: ENVS 1100

Environmental Science II: ENVS 1200

Environmental Science Lab: ENVS 2100

Environmental Science I:

  • Identify the principles of environmental ethics
  • Apply concepts of environmentalism to be a change agent for an environmental cause
  • Apply the principles of human growth patterns to local problems
  • Identify the biotic and abiotic factors that influence population density
  • Develop a philosophical position relating to the environment
  • Evaluate problems of populations in third world and developing countries
  • Synthesize and construct the principles of ecology, taxonomy, biography
  • Identify variations in life forms resulting in adaptation to the environment
  • Identify the major characteristics and processes of world biomes and communities, including succession energy flow in food chains, and interrelationship of organisms
  • Analyze food chains, food webs, biomass, habitats
  • Compare and contrast major animal phyla groups, species
  • Compare and contrast pesticide use described in "Silent Spring" with pesticide use today
  • Identify current technology and its uses in the science

Environmental Science II:

  • Appraise, analyze, and review major categories and sources of air and water pollution
  • Explain why atmospheric temperature inversions occur and how they affect air quality
  • Compare and contrast regional water problems in the US to problems in other parts of the world
  • Identify sources of drinking water contamination
  • Evaluate the various methods used to treat drinking water
  • Appreciate and understand sewage treatment proves
  • Compare and contrast primary and secondary standards of water and air quality
  • Explain methods of testing for major toxic air pollutants
  • Identify characteristics and composition of air and atmospheric conditions
  • Identify relationships between climate and landforms in both current and geologic time
  • Identify ways in which earth and water interact
  • Identify man-made and natural methods of water storage
  • Identify current problems related to water resources
  • Identify the major components of the waste stream

Environmental Science Lab:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, maintain and analyze environmental datasets
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the scientific method and to state, test and draw conclusions from hypotheses
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of environmental and natural sciences in a real world setting
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge for working in field and laboratory settings, both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrate familiarity with sustainability concepts, including the integration of natural and social sciences, necessary for the study and amelioration of environmental problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate their findings through scientific writing, lab reports, and oral presentations

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