Environmental Sciences

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0790, MEVS - 5100

This course is intended to give students an overview of the physical environment, its relationship within the biosphere, and the human impacts upon natural systems. Topics include environmental sustainability; air, water and land ecosystems; biological resources; global atmospheric changes; pollution and waste management; and energy conservation.

Students will:

  1. Relate human population size to natural resources and resource consumption
  2. Explain the carbon, hydrologic, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus cycles
  3. Describe ecological succession, population ecology, and carrying capacity
  4. Summarize the effects of air pollution on human health and natural systems
  5. Describe causes and effects of global climate change
  6. Discuss sustainable freshwater use and management practices
  7. Summarize types of water pollution and methods for improving water quality
  8. Identify human activities that contribute to marine pollution and impact marine ecosystems
  9. Summarize soil and land resource conservation efforts
  10. Discuss human causes of species endangerment and extinction
  11. Describe the types of solid and hazardous wastes and how they are managed
  12. Summarize the pros and cons associated with various energy sources
  13. Write a report, develop a lesson plan or create an interpretive guide based on an Environmental Science topic

Textbook:

Withgott, Jay H. and Brennan, Scott. 2011. Environment: The Science behind the Stories with Mastering Environmental Science. Benjamin Cummings. ISBN 9780321412738