ENV 124 - Cross-disciplinary Exlporations in Science and Society

Course Description

Effective: 2013-05-01

Provides multi-disciplinary environmental science applications, primarily for non-science majors. Integrates environmental science with topics from biology, chemistry and geology. Addresses other scientific concepts according to the expertise of the instructor. Focuses on scientific investigations centered on a particular integrated, contemporary theme.
4 Credits .Lecture 3 hours per week. Recitation and laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

The general purpose of this course is to give the student an appreciation for the uses of scientific inquiry in the contemporary world and to develop an ability by the student to apply the scientific method in various natural settings.It is intended for non-science majors who desire or need a lab science course, particularly those interested in environmental science and who intend to transfer with General Education requirements or those in applied science majors. This theme-based course will discuss technical scientific topics primarily from the field of environmental science, with numerous critical concepts from the other science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, with additional topics from Astronomy, Physics, Toxicology or Microbiology, depending on the specialty of the instructors available. Students will learn to use the scientific method to solve real world, open-ended problems, and apply this style of thinking to decision-making processes. Special emphasis will be placed upon relating the theme of the course and its interrelated scientific concepts to relevant current environmental events and societal issues. Students will be prepared to pursue advanced study in the sciences. Guest lectures and one-day mandatory field trips will typically be a part of this course.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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