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3/2/2021 5:23:18 PMENVS 12 Course Outline as of Fall 2020

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ENVS 12Title:  INTRO ENVIRON SCIENCE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Environmental Science
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to environmental issues from a scientific perspective, focusing on physical, chemical, and biological processes within the Earth system, the interaction between humans and these processes, and the role of science in finding sustainable solutions.  Topics include ecological principles, biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, renewable and non-renewable energy, water resources, air and water pollution, and solid waste management.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to environmental issues from a scientific perspective, focusing on physical, chemical, and biological processes within the Earth system, the interaction between humans and these processes, and the role of science in finding sustainable solutions.  Topics include ecological principles, biodiversity, climate change, sustainability, renewable and non-renewable energy, water resources, air and water pollution, and solid waste management.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent or appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1985
Inactive: 
 Area:C
H
Natural Sciences
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B1Physical ScienceFall 1985
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5APhysical SciencesFall 2008
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1985Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1985Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Identify global, regional, and local environmental issues, analyze their scientific basis, and identify potential solutions.
2. Examine the relationships between humans and the environment.
3. Use scientific methodologies, including the construction and utilization of scientific models.
 

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Students will be able to:
1. Relate conservation of mass and the laws of thermodynamics to Earth's environment.
2. Diagram the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems.
3. Use population and community dynamics to examine environmental issues and potential
    solutions.
4. Interpret data and use models to evaluate the relationship between populations and the
    environment.
5. Evaluate scientific, social, economic, cultural and legislative factors associated with
    addressing environmental problems.
6. Analyze personal environmental impacts.
7. Research, evaluate, and cite information from a variety of sources.  
8. Construct and interpret scientific tables, graphs and figures.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Environmental Science
     A. Scientific methodologies
     B. Role of science in solving environmental problems
    C. Interpreting tables, graphs and figures
    D. Finding and evaluating scientific information
    E. Environmental history
     F. Underlying causes of major environmental issues
    G. Sustainability
         1. economic
         2. social
         3. environmental
 
II. Ecological Principles
    A. Energy flow through ecosystems
     B. Flow of matter/biogeochemical cycles
         1. carbon
         2. nitrogen
         3. other
    C. Population dynamics
         1. distribution
         2. demographic indicators
         3. evolution
         4. natural selection
    D. Biological communities
         1. species interactions
         2. ecological niche
         3. succession
 
III. Biodiversity
    A. Species, genetic and ecosystem diversity
    B. Ecosystem services
     C. Threats
         1. habitat loss/land degradation
         2. invasive species
         3. pollution
         4. overexploitation
    D. Conservation and restoration
     E. Legislation and policy - Endangered Species Act
 
IV. Water
     A. Resource issues
         1. water availability
         2. flooding
         3. drought
         4. groundwater depletion
     B. Water conservation and management
    C. California and Sonoma County water resources
     D. Personal water use
    E. Water pollution
         1. types
         2. sources
         3. effects
    F. Legislation and policy
         1. Safe Drinking Water Act
         2. Clean Water Act
 
V. Air
    A. Air pollution
         1. types
         2. sources
         3. effects
         4. solutions
    B. Legislation and policy: Clean Air Act and other current legislation
 
VI. Global Climate Change
    A. Natural vs. anthropogenic
    B. Causes and time scales
    C. Impacts
     D. Solutions
 
VII. Energy
    A. Energy conservation and efficiency
    B. Non-renewable energy resources (fossil fuels and nuclear)
         1. types
         2. pros and cons
         3. new technologies
         4. supply
         5. storage
    C. Renewable energy resources
         1. types
         2. pros and cons
         3. new technologies
         4. supply
         5. storage
     D. Energy strategies
         1. centralized
         2. decentralized
    E. Legislation and policy
 
VIII. Solid and Hazardous Waste
     A. Sources, disposal methods, environmental impacts
      B. Waste prevention and recycling
      C. Legislation and policy
         1. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
         2. Superfund Act
 
Optional topics include:  
 
IX. Environmental Health and Toxicology
     A. Toxins and toxicity levels
     B. Risk assessment and the precautionary principle
 
X. Agriculture and Soil
     A. Types and methods of production  
     B. Artificial selection and genetic engineering  
     C. Soil formation, degradation and conservation practices
    D. Environmental impacts and solutions
 
XI. Marine Ecosystems
      A. Ocean life zones
     B. Impacts related to resource extraction, pollution and climate change
     C. Environmental legislation and policy
 
XII. Urbanization and Sustainable Communities
     A. Issues associated with urbanization
     B. Urban planning and green building
     C. Environmental justice

Assignments:
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1. Textbook and/or assigned reading (20-30 pages per week)
2. Written, short answer, problem solving, and/or online assignments (e.g. model development,
    calculations and data analysis) (5 -20)
3. Research/analysis papers or project(s) (1-2)
4. Presentation(s) (0-3)
5. Examination(s) (1-5) and quiz(zes) (0-20)
6. Field trip(s) and reports: in-person and/or virtual field trip options (not necessarily scheduled
    during class hours) (0-4)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 45%
Research/analysis papers or project(s), field-trip reports, written homework assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 45%
Homework, online assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 70%
Exams and quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 15%
Individual and/or group presentations, participation in class activities and field trips


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Environment. 10th ed. Hassenzahl, David and Hager, Mary and Gift, Nancy. Wiley. 2018
Environmental Science. 13th ed. Wright, Richard and Boorse, Dorothy. Prentice Hall. 2017
Environment and You. 3rd ed. Christensen, Norm and Leege, Lissa and St. Juliana, Justin. Prentice Hall. 2019
Living in the Environment. 20th ed. Miller, Tyler and Spoolman, Scott. Cengage Learning. 2021
Principles of Environmental Science. 9th ed. Cunningham, William and Cunningham, Mary. McGraw Hill. 2020
Essential Environment:  The Science behind the Stories. 6th ed. Withgott, Jay and Laposata, Matthew. Prentice Hall. 2018
 
Instructor prepared materials

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