Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (125 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introductory Environmental Sciences or Survey Of Environmental Sciences


The course objective is to explore the relationship between man and the environment. Students examine the balance between natural resources and the needs of mankind. Students explore the scientific, political, economic, and social implications of environmental science.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to examine the field of environmental science in terms of science, theoretical perspectives, economics, and environmental ethics
  • Evaluate soil as a system and its importance in the environment
  • Describe the function of the earth's atmosphere, its composition, structure, and the changing global climate
  • Appraise the importance of water and marine ecosystems
  • Examine the biodiversity on earth and conservation biology and its benefits
  • Examine renewable energy
  • Explain the foundations of environmental science
  • Examine environmental economics and policies
  • Examine population growth and demographic transitions
  • Examine the toxic substances and their effects
  • Analyze land use, and planning for creating livable cities
  • Examine non-renewable energy sources, and its impact on the environment
  • And analyze waste disposal methods and the types of waste we generate

General Course Topics:

  • An introduction to environmental science
  • Environmental systems: chemistry, energy, and ecosystems
  • Human population
  • Soil, agriculture, and the future of food
  • Environmental health and toxicology
  • Science, pollution, and climate change
  • Freshwater and marine systems and resources
  • Biodiversity and conservation biology
  • Land use and resource management
  • Conservation and nonrenewable energy sources
  • Renewable energy alternatives
  • Waste management
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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