SCIE105 Introduction to Environmental Science

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Science

I. Course Number and Title
SCIE105 Introduction to Environmental Science
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Format is lecture-laboratory and field trips are required.
Service learning projects are required.
Topics are presented in various modes which may include, but are not limited to, any or all of the following: traditional and/or online lectures, group and/or individual activities, small group discussions, computer simulations and library research.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture and laboratory course examines the history of environmental ethics, conservation movements, environmental policy and sustainable lifestyles. It covers basic ecological principles, especially as pertains to conservation, restoration, and resource management. Students study agricultural practices, waste management, and energy sources. Laboratory exercises require field trips and service learning.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. assess the environmental impact of proposed development projects and employ strategies for habitat restoration;
    2. inventory, evaluate, and design resource management strategies for sites and areas with unique scenic, recreational, historic, cultural, paleontological, and other resource value; and
    3. create environmental education programs.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. history of environmental ethics and conservation movements
    2. environmental policy and economics
    3. sustainable lifestyles
    4. photosynthesis, cell respiration, thermodynamics, and food chains
    5. evolution and biodiversity
    6. population ecology
    7. species interactions and community dynamics
    8. human population
    9. soils and agriculture
    10. waste management, environmental health, and toxicology
    11. conservation biology
    12. ecosystems, ecological restoration, resource management, and land use
    13. energy sources
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as approved by the department and specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 2/00; Revised 7/2010; 5/2013; New Core 8/2015