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
This course satisfies the General Education requirement for Scientific Literacy.
Format is lecture-laboratory and field trips are required.
Service learning projects are required.
- 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
Course Learning Goals
- assess the environmental impact of proposed development projects and employ strategies for habitat restoration;
- inventory, evaluate, and design resource management strategies for sites and areas with unique scenic, recreational, historic, cultural, paleontological, or other resource value;
- create environmental education programs; and
- represent scientific data appropriately and clearly in tables and/or graphs, and analyze, interpret and explain scientific data presented in tables and/or graphs [Scientific Literacy].
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
The following topics are presented:
- history of environmental ethics and conservation movements
- environmental policy and economics
- sustainable lifestyles
- photosynthesis, cell respiration, thermodynamics, and food chains
- evolution and biodiversity
- population ecology
- species interactions and community dynamics
- human population
- soils and agriculture
- waste management, environmental health, and toxicology
- conservation biology
- ecosystems, ecological restoration, resource management, and land use
- energy sources
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, quizzes, class participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.
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; Revised 02/2018