BI SC 003
Environmental Science (3) Kinds of environments; past and present uses and abuses of natural resources; disposal of human wastes; prospects for the future. Students who have passed BIOL 220 or any other upper-level ecology course in biology may not schedule this course.
BI SC 003 Environmental Science (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
BI SC 003 will help the student to prepare for living in current and future society's mixture of technology and mythology by presenting ideas and concepts about living systems and their environments. Policy makers and citizens are urgently needed who can act with an understanding of ecological principles when exercising community responsibilities to handle the environmental problems of our times, such as water use, solid waste management, global warming, energy use, conservation of irreplaceable natural resources, overpopulation, and the preservation of biodiversity. An understanding of biological and ecological principles and their application towards environmental challenges should give the student the confidence to be a trustworthy and active citizen, a conscientious steward of nature, and an agent of change for making a healthy, sustainable community and society. Regardless of the students' field of study, as a citizen of both local and global communities some environmental issues will impact their lives. The course objectives are to enable students to:
* Develop a basic understanding of how ecosystems and biological systems work, learn how economic systems depend on natural capital, biological/chemical processes, and the function of ecosystems
* Develop a fundamental understanding of sustainability
* Understand the scientific basis of specific environmental problems
* Understand the significance of environmental legislation and the impact of increased citizen awareness on improving the quality of life we enjoy today
* Further develop the ability to evaluate their contributions to shared environmental problems, identify ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and contribute to the development and maintenance of a sustainable future.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.