Course Abstract Details

XENV-105, Introductory Environmental Science

Credits: 4

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

ENV-105, Environmental Science, is a study of Man's interaction with his environment. The first part of the course is devoted to understanding how ecosystems function in terms of nutrient cycles, energy flow, and population dynamics. Secondly, imbalances in various areas of human concern such as agriculture, resource utilization, waste disposal, energy, and population are compared and contrasted with the balances that exist in similar areas of natural ecosystems. Throughout the course, the student will come to recognize that survival of modern man will depend upon bringing the human system into ecological balance. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099 with a C grade or better and proficiency through MAT-097 with a C grade or better. Credit by exam available. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Four credits. Four billable hours. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Evaluate the use of the scientific method in examining controversial environmental issues such as; ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and pollution. Give examples of conclusive and inconclusive evidence. (GE 2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG2, PG4)

2. Define an ecosystem; explain how energy flows through an ecosystem and nutrients are used. (GE1, GE2, GE3, PG1, PG4)

3. Identify the major world biomes and differentiate between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG4)

4. Display a basic knowledge of proper laboratory/field techniques and protocol.(GE3, PG1, PG2, PG3, PG4)

5. Historically describe human population growth and distribution. Relate population growth to sustainability and the implications for pollution, energy consumption, and agriculture. (GE1, GE2, GE4, GE6, PG1, PG3, PG4)

6. Describe the different types of non-renewable resources, how they are used, their future, and any environmental problems associated with their use. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, GE4)

7. List and describe the different types of renewable resources. Explain any economic, social, or environmental problems associated with their use. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG4)

8. Identify the major types and sources of water pollution, and discuss solutions for solving the pollution problem. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG4)

9. Identify the major types and sources for air pollution, and discuss solutions for solving the pollution problem. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG1, PG4)

10. Evaluate the world?s various agricultural practices considering soil use, water usage, fertilization, and energy requirements. (GE1, GE2, GE3, GE6, PG 1, PG4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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