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BIOL 120 - Environmental Science


PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 093 - Introduction to College Writing  and ENGL 083 - Reading Strategies for College  or ENGL 095 - Integrated Reading and Writing , or ENGL 075 - Co-Requisite Integrated Reading & Writing , and MATH 023 - Essentials of Algebra  or MATH 080 - Mathematical Principles  
PROGRAM: Life Sciences
CREDIT HOURS MIN: 3
LECTURE HOURS MIN: 2
LAB HOURS MIN: 2
DATE OF LAST REVISION: Fall, 2018

Survey of the basic concepts of ecology, natural resources and ecosystems, relationships between humans and their natural environment, and the magnitude and scope of global environmental problems.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Apply the scientific method to problems encountered in everyday life.
  2. Demonstrate basic skills of metric measuring, data collection, and data interpretation.
  3. Interpret stimulation of environmental systems and relate them to concrete applications.
  4. Understand the major concepts of biology, chemistry and ecology
  5. Understand environmental problems and their causes.
  6. Provide examples of the history of resource use and conservation.
  7. Understand the types of concepts of matter and energy in ecosystems.
  8. Describe ecosystems and how they work and interact.
  9. Understand population dynamics, and genetics.
  10. Describe the concepts of global warming and ozone loss.
  11. Understand energy efficiency, renewable and non-renewable energy.
  12. Understand the chemistry of air, air pollution, water and water pollution.
  13. Compare world food resources and alternatives.
  14. Compare and contrast environmental worldviews.
  15. Compare and contrast environmental ethics and sustainability.


COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Environmental problems
  • Energy types and concepts
  • Environmental history
  • Chemistry of air and water
  • Matter and energy principles
  • Ecosystems
  • Food resources
  • Population dynamics and genetics
  • Environmental worldviews
  • Greenhouse effect and the ozone layer
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • General, landscape, and community ecology
  • Urbanization

 
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