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Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity
June 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define environmental science and distinguish between conservation and preservation; identify and define ecosystems and habitats; evaluate the effects of pollution on ecosystems; illustrate the basics of atmospheric science, including how global warming affects weather patterns and climate; summarize elements of geological science that affect the environment, including tectonic plates and soil erosion; analyze issues affecting water resources, including aquifer depletion and water pollution; explain issues around land use and ownership, including sustainable forest management and wilderness management; calculate the impact of the human population on the environment; appraise waste management procedures and strategies for reducing solid waste; compare reusable and nonrenewable energy sources, including solar energy and fossil fuels; and summarize human behaviors that threaten the environment and identify strategies for sustainable consumption.
The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to environmental science; ecosystems and the effects of pollution; habitats and ecosystems; the evolution of ecosystems; meteorology and the environment; geology and the environment; biological science; causes and effects of freshwater pollution; the relationship between land and the environment; effects of population growth on the environment; environmental impact of agriculture; solid and hazardous waste; human impact on the environment; renewable resources and the environment; nonrenewable resources; environmental sustainability; analyzing environmental risks; impact of environmental policy.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours as an introductory Environmental Science course or Biodiversity, Energy Regulation, or Resource Management (6/17).