ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course will provide you with a basic introduction to the sciences of ecology, energy, and human interactions with the limited resources of this planet. In addition, we will examine how individuals can make a difference in finding and activating solutions to the problems caused by human societies.

COURSE CONTENT

We will follow the text in a revised order and under the following general topics:
  1. Biological Issues & Resources
    1. Human Needs (Ch. 1, 2, 6, 8, 14, 15)
    2. Ecology, Ecosystems & Biological Resources (Ch. 3.6, 4, 5, 16, 17)

  2. Non-biological Issues & Resources
    1. Air & Climate (Ch. 9, 10)
    2. Water, Minerals and Soils (Ch. 11, 12)

  3. Energy Issues & Resources
    1. Types of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (Ch. 3, 18)
    2. Non-renewable Energy (Ch. 19)

  4. Waste Issues & Methods, and Environmental Economics & Politics
    1. Waste Generation & Reduction (Ch. 13)
    2. Environmental Politics (Ch. 7)
ASSIGNED PROJECTS

A set of in-class exercises and outside-class Research Projects will be assigned.