ENVIRON 229 - Introduction to Environmental Science
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted for those who have completed or are enrolled in EARTH 201/GEOG 201/ENVIRON 209, EARTH/ENVIRON 202, EARTH/ENVIRON 284.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Environmental Science is a highly integrative subject that seeks to understand the science underlying the natural processes that take place on the Earth and how they explain global environmental processes and issues. The primary goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the natural world that you experience daily, and gain greater insight into the environmental perturbations being inflicted on the natural system by humans. Knowledge of the physical setting for human activities is essential to understand topics such as agriculture, health, water resources, air pollution and ecosystem structure and function.

The course material provides an introduction to Environmental Sciences for potential science majors, but is also a course that is relevant to social science and humanities majors who wish to be well-informed global citizens or would simply like to understand the environment and the scientific processes operating in their surroundings.

It is expected that everyone successfully completing this course will master the scientific principles and vocabulary of important processes that take place in the world around them, and be able to use this knowledge as a more environmentally literate member of society. We will accomplish this goal with the use of selected readings in preparation for each class meeting, lectures, class presentations, directed discussion and laboratory exercises. Lab exercises will be homework problems on “things you ought to know” about the earth and environment. Some will link to lectures — others will stand alone.

Course Requirements:

Students' ability to master and apply knowledge in this course is evaluated with the use of in-class assignments, exams and exercises to be completed during weekly lab/discussion sessions. Two midterm exams will be given during lecture periods.

Lab attendance is required and it should be possible to complete lab assignments during the two-hour lab period. A portion of the grade for each lab will be based on attendance.

Group presentations groups will meet during lab periods to jointly work on presentations. Presentations should last 15 to 20 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion and transition.

Grading: labs and homework 35%, midterm 1 30%, midterm 2 30%, term project 5%, engaged participation up to 3% extra credit.

Intended Audience:

First- and second-year undergraduates, both non-science majors and students who plan to major in a science

Class Format:

3-hour lectures plus 2-hour labs each week

ENVIRON 229 - Introduction to Environmental Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LAB)
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (LAB)
W 12:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (LAB)
W 2:00PM - 4:00PM
005 (LAB)
Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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