ENVI 102
Introduction to Environmental Science Spring 2018
Division III
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Environmental Science is the study of how the global earth system functions within the context of its four distinct yet interconnected “spheres,” the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. This course introduces students to scientific methods from physics, chemistry, geology and biology that are applied to understanding both how these spheres interact and how we as scientists can interpret and assess human impacts. Discussions are accompanied by in-depth examinations of real-world case studies at the local and global scale. Topics may include: anthropogenic carbon dioxide, the ozone hole, groundwater contamination, resource sustainability, and loss of biodiversity. In weekly fieldwork and laboratory sessions students collect and analyze environmental samples, and interpret and write about these datasets. In addition to these group projects, students design, complete and present independent projects on a topic of their choice.
The Class: Format: two 75-minute lecture/discussion sessions, and one 3-hour field/laboratory session each week
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3613
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes/exam, lab reports, independent project and presentation, participation in discussions
Prerequisites: none; no seniors without permission of the instructors
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Unit Notes: required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: ENVI Core Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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