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EVSP180 - Introduction to Environmental Science

Course Details

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.





Course Schedule

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

Current Syllabi

  • 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.
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
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:

Software Requirements

  • 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.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.