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 Course Title:   Intro to Env Science

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO ENV SCIENCE

 Department:    ENVS&

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    260307

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013


 Course Description  

Basic ecology, ecosystems, energy flow, nutrient cycling, population, community dynamics, and the human impact on the environment.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: Recommended that students complete Math 99 and English 99 both with a C or better prior to taking this course.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Natural Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU X
U of W 220
WSU ES/RP 101
WWU X

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify how natural factors operate and how they are affected by human impact on the natural environment.
  2. Realize the global impact of individual person's anc country's respect or disregard for environment factors.
  3. Appreciate the different attitudes of diverse cultures with regard to population control and other environmental policies.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.7 Adapt communication to diverse audiences and media.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.
5.3 Understand the consequences of choices as they relate to local/global community and environmental issues.
5.4 Understand the concept of local/global stewardship, and its ethical components, to communities and environments.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.
9.4 Use scientific concepts and principles to understand the natural world, human behavior and culture, and relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world.
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the development and impact of technology in human experience (history, global, and local).

Course Contents

  1. Physical factors (solor energy, atmospheree, global air circulation, hydrosphere, hydrologic cycle, soil formation & fertility, biogeochemical cycles)
  2. Natural resources (wildlife, soils/ agriculture/ food, forests/grasslands, minerals, energy.)
  3. Pollution (air pollution, water pollution, pesticides, wasts.)
  4. Human population
  5. Biotic factors (ecosystem structure, energy flow, species interaction, population, community, succession, biomes).