This course is designed for freshman and provides instruction in scientific principles and analysis and includes a laboratory component. Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study in science which provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the created world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
Environmental Science will offer instruction in a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Although the course is interdisciplinary, and several different topics will be covered, the unifying themes of the course are as follows:
- Science is a process.
- Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
- The Earth is one interconnected system.
- Humans can impact natural systems.
- Understanding the environment has cultural and social implications.
Students will also investigate all of the disciplines that fall under Environmental Science: the Scientific Method, Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, Global Water Resources and Use, Geology, Ecology, Population Biology, Human Population and Dynamics, Population Size and Growth, Agriculture, Forestry, Rangelands, Energy Concepts and Consumption, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Energy, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy, Pollution, and Environmental/Human Impacts. Finally, all students will compile a 1st semester Environmental Science current events notebook, take daily quizzes, and they will be required to complete a 2nd semester soil analyses project consisting of field work, laboratory analysis, and a report of findings with recommendations.