ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science • 5 Cr.
Surveys components of ecosystems, including energy flow and the structure and dynamics of populations and communities. Students review the processes that affect natural environments, examine the impact of human activities on ecosystems, and discuss current environmental issues.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate the importance of using critical thinking and the scientific method to understand how human activities affect the limited resources of our planet.
- Outline and describe the major components of an ecosystem.
- Describe the ways that human activities have unbalanced biogeochemical cycles, leading to current environmental dilemmas.
- Demonstrate a written knowledge of the major types of air and water pollution that affect global health.
- To compare and contrast the population dynamics controlling the growth of other species with the growing global human population.
- To define biodiversity and outline the major threats to biodiversity existing today.
- Compare and contrast current conventional energy uses with those of sustainable energy.
- To explain how the dumping of solid, toxic, and hazardous wastes relate to environmental health.
- Demonstrate, both verbally and in writing, how each human has an impact on environmental sustainability.