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Course level: Undergraduate
This course examines environmental problems from a local, national, and international perspective. Federal legislation will be reviewed on air pollution and water quality. Students will be introduced to control techniques for treating air and water, and the emerging environmental issues such as global climate changes, bioterrorism, organic pollutants, and industrial ecology.
- ENV/100 – Principles of Environmental Science or equivalent
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
· Explain the role that economics play in environmental management.
· Explain the soil nutrient cycles and nutrient availability.
- Explain soil erosion, its consequences, and how to manage it.
- Analyze the relationship between the hydrological cycle and water shortages and flooding.
- Describe major water pollutants, their sources, and their effects on the environment.
- Evaluate legislation to control various types of pollution.
- Analyze causes and potential impacts of climate change.
- Identify major sources of air pollution and their effects on human health and the environment.
- Analyze methods to reduce air pollution.
- Evaluate costs and benefits of renewable and non-renewable energy resources.
- Explain integrated pest management, its components, and its benefits relative to traditional pest control.
- Analyze problems associated with invasive species.
- Explain how pathogens affect human health.
- Evaluate practices for sustainable harvest of aquatic and forest resources.
- Identify environmental concerns associated with mining and mineral processing.
- Evaluate methods for managing waste.
- Analyze issues associated with hazardous waste disposal.
- Explain methods for ecosystem restoration.