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Course Description

An introduction to the scientific principles and problem solving techniques used to evaluate the effects of human activities on different ecosystems. Topics will include the sustainability and stewardship of various ecosystems, environmental hazards such as air and water pollution, waste disposal, pesticides and herbicides, the impact of commercial and industrial activities, as well as population and urbanization. Basic chemistry, physics, and geology will be used throughout the course to explain and expand on these topics. The concepts will be reinforced with an integrated service learning laboratory program. This course was previously listed as ES 1.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use the scientific method to investigate and evaluate local, national and global environmental issues.
  • Explain how matter and energy changes as they cycle through ecosystems.
  • Explain the role of evolution, biodiversity and population dynamics in ecosystems.
  • Critically evaluate renewable and nonrenewable energy resources.
  • Use modern laboratory techniques and equipment to identify pollutants and use quantitative analysis to evaluate the effects on the environment.
  • Apply objective problem-solving techniques to evaluate various environmental issues as they relate to politics, society, the legal system, economics at the local, national and global level.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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