This in-depth environmental science course examines how people use science to understand how they relate to the environment. The course explores relationships between people and ecosystems and the science behind how ecosystems work. It reviews the historical development of the environmental movement, interactions between humans and natural ecosystems, and more specifically, the role of a growing population and associated pressures on natural resources. This course further examines how economics, natural systems, and conservation are interrelated. The many forms of pollution as well as types of energy resources are addressed. This course challenges students to consider the impact of lifestyle choices on environmental sustainability.
Describe the historical development of the environmental movement.
Determine the implications of growing human population.
Identify the implications of the concept of a carrying capacity.
Explain interactions between humans and natural ecosystems.
Ecosystem Structure, Function, and Change
Describe structural and functional dynamics of ecosystems.
Identify how humans both affect and manage biogeochemical cycles.
Analyze the implication of species interactions in ecosystem management and restoration.
Natural Resource and Energy
Identify impacts associated with agriculture.
Identify pressures to landscapes from a growing human population.
Compare the use of fossil fuels and alternative energy resources.
Assess management practices for sustainability and conservation of natural resources and energy.
Describe water supply, use, and management.
Identify potential impacts of environmental pollution to human and ecosystem health.
Identify causes of pollution and its treatments.
Analyze the causes and potential impacts of global warming.
Environmental Economics, Policies, and Choices
Perform an economic analysis of an environmental pollution issue.
Analyze the role of global, national, and regional policies and decisions on environmental issues.
Describe the impact of lifestyle choices on sustainability.
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