People, Science And The Environment –

sci256

(3 credits)

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.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Environmental Science and Human Population

  • Describe the historical development of the environmental movement.
  • Determine the implications of the changing human population.
  • Explain the concept of carrying capacity. 
  • Explain how individual choices affect natural ecosystems.

Ecosystem Structure, Function, and Change

  • Describe the structure and function of ecosystems.
  • Associate how humans affect the cycling of matter in ecosystems.

  • Examine the implication of species interactions on ecosystems.

Natural Resources and Energy

  • Examine how the human population affects natural resources.

  • Describe water supply, use, and management.

  • Describe how agricultural practices impact the environment.

  • Compare fossil fuels with alternative energy resources.

  • Examine sustainable practices for natural resource management and energy use.

Environmental Pollution

  • Examine the various types and sources of environmental pollution.
  • Determine the effects of environmental pollution on human and ecosystem health.
  • Analyze the science of climate change and its effects.

  • Identify treatments and preventative measures for environmental pollution.

Environmental Choices and Policies

  • Perform an analysis of an environmental issue.
  • Analyze the role of local, regional, national, or global policies on the environment.
  • Describe the effect of lifestyle choice on natural resource sustainability.

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