SCI 112: Environmental Science: A Focus on Sustainability is a ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) Course, meaning that you do not have to purchase a textbook. This course examines the core topics in environmental science and how environmental science informs sustainability, environmental policies, economics, and personal choices.
This course examines the core topics in environmental science and how environmental science informs sustainability, environmental policies, economics, and personal choices. Students will learn principles from the sciences of ecology and toxicology to study the relationships between living organisms, including humans, and their physical environment. The course will also consider environmental risks due to economic, political, racial and cultural factors. Discussion will focus on how the Earth’s resources are limited, and how these resources can best be used to benefit ecosystems and leave the environment healthy for future generations.
Sustainability Science Section Course Description
The main goal of this courses is to awaken student understanding of the Earth through studying science, and to encourage good behavior in stewardship and environmental citizenship. The United Nations Earth Charter has important principles for all areas of environmental Science: https://earthcharter.org/
These are 1) Respect and Care for the Community of Life 2) Ecological Integrity 3) Social and Economic Justice 4) Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace
Field Work and e-Portfolios
This project is designed to encourage higher-level thinking about big questions and problems that undergraduate students might find more relevant to their lives. Our goal, as educators, is to foster critical thinking and problem solving skills through analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Students are expected to become familiar with the entire process of performing water analysis, from sample collection to generating a formal deliverable scientific report. Students will work in groups to complete the project.
Students are expected to complete an e-portfolio on one major assignment toward the middle of the semester. You will work in groups of two and share your knowledge and skills. These e-portfolios may be used as an important part of your college experience as they will demonstrate your ability to use technology and share information.
During this course of study, students will:
1. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.
2. Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation.
3. Use the tools of a scientific discipline to carry out collaborative laboratory investigations.
4. Gather, analyze, and interpret data and present it in an effective written laboratory or fieldwork report.
5. Identify and apply research ethics and unbiased assessment in gathering and reporting scientific data.