EVSP180 - Introduction to Environmental Science
Course Code: EVSP180 Course ID: 5034 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course will give students the opportunity to learn and connect with the central issues in environmental science, from ecological to social to economic considerations. The basic concepts of ecology, geography, chemistry, economics, ethics, policy, and many other disciplines will be used to examine the overarching role that humans play in our planetary environmental problems, successes, and solutions. Assignments will allow students to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data regarding the human-environment relationship. Lifestyle examination, ethical considerations, and critical analysis of individual contributions to local and global impacts in regards to environmental sustainability will be emphasized. This is a course primarily for a non-scientist.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
|05/21/21 - 10/29/21||11/01/21 - 12/26/21||Fall 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
|06/28/21 - 12/03/21||12/06/21 - 01/30/22||Fall 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|07/27/21 - 12/31/21||01/03/22 - 02/27/22||Winter 2022 Session B||8 Week session|
|08/31/21 - 02/04/22||02/07/22 - 04/03/22||Winter 2022 Session I||8 Week session|
|09/28/21 - 03/04/22||03/07/22 - 05/01/22||Winter 2022 Session D||8 Week session|
- LO-1 Define environmental science and environmental sustainability.
- LO-2 Relate human population size to impacts on the environment and sustainability.
- LO-3 Summarize the steps in the scientific method.
- LO-4 Assess human health risks from environmental hazards.
- LO-5 Highlight the basic concepts of ecology.
- LO-6 Recall the major components of the atmosphere and the types, sources, and effects of air pollution and how to control it.
- LO-7 Explain the importance of water, and discuss resource problems, management, pollution, and improving water quality.
- LO-8 Describe the geologic properties of the lithosphere and the environmental effects of humans on mineral and soil resources.
- LO-9 Identify world food problems, the major types of agriculture, and challenges and solutions to food production problems.
- LO-10 Define biological diversity.
- LO-11 Distinguish among the various types of solid and hazardous wastes and ways to reduce and manage wastes.
- LO-12 Compare energy consumption of highly developed and developing countries.
- LO-13 Evaluate the technological, political, and environmental issues associated with energy production and consumption.
|Week 1 Forum||7.50 %|
|Weeks 2-3 Forum||7.50 %|
|Weeks 4-5 Forum||7.50 %|
|Weeks 7-8 Forum||7.50 %|
|Lesson Quizzes||20.00 %|
|Quiz 1 - Lessons 1 & 2||5.00 %|
|Quiz 2 - Lessons 3 & 4||5.00 %|
|Quiz 3 - Lessons 5 & 6||5.00 %|
|Quiz 4 - Lessons 7 & 8||5.00 %|
|Environmental Science Activities||35.00 %|
|Week 1 ESA Ecological Footprint||5.83 %|
|Week 2 ESA Home Chemicals||5.83 %|
|Week 3 ESA Weather||5.83 %|
|Week 4 ESA Water Use||5.83 %|
|Week 6 ESA Personal Impact Analysis - Carbon||5.83 %|
|Week 8 ESA Renewable Energy - Capstone||5.83 %|
|Research Project - Outline||5.00 %|
|Week 5 PowerPoint Outline||5.00 %|
|Research Project - Final||10.00 %|
|Week 7 PowerPoint Presentation||10.00 %|
Required Readings and Resources
- See the Lessons section of the classroom for readings and weekly lecture notes
Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:
- Environmental Science: http://apus.libguides.com/environmental_science
- Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
Not current for future courses.