Course Descriptions

Environmental Science – ENVS 2202


Environmental Science, the study of interactions between humans and the environment, is an interdisciplinary science course that integrates principles from biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, and non-science disciplines. Issues of local, regional, and global concern will be used to help students explain scientific concepts and analyze practical solutions to complex environmental problems. Emphasis is placed on the study of ecosystems, human population growth, energy, pollution, and other environmental issues as well as important environmental regulations.

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After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Describe Environmental Science and the basic concepts involved in the study of the subject.
  • Identify various ecosystems.
  • Describe various ecosystem components and functions and their impact on the environment.
  • Discuss human population by calculating human population growth and identifying the impact of such growth on the environment.
  • Describe various sources of energy from several perspectives: their origins, costs, and environmental impact.
  • Identify various pollutants to our air, water, and land and discuss their environmental impact.
  • Interpret environmental issues affecting the earth and its populations, including water use, food production, and urban development.
  • Define biodiversity and identify its value.
  • Identify the need for environmental regulations.
  • Explain the balance between the implementation costs of environmental regulations and their impact on humankind.
  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Lesson 2A – Ecosystems: Components and Functions
  • Lesson 2B – Ecosystems: Interactions
  • Lesson 3A – Human Population Growth: Basic Concepts
  • Lesson 3B – Human Population Growth: Population Growth Issues
  • Lesson 4 – Energy
  • Lesson 5A – Pollution: Air, Ozone, and Climate Change
  • Lesson 5B – Pollution: Water Pollution
  • Lesson 5C – Pollution: Solid and Hazardous Waste
  • Lesson 6 – Water Use
  • Lesson 7 – Food Production
  • Lesson 8 – Biodiversity
  • Lesson 9 – Urban Sprawl
  • Lesson 10 – Environmental Regulations

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Participation/Discussions – 25%
  • Quizzes – 25%
  • Semester Project – 20%
  • Midterm Exam – 15%
  • Final Exam – 15%