Catalog 2023-2024 
    Feb 27, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science

5 credits

Discusses the effects of human activity on changing ecosystems, energy flow, sustainability, pollution, and natural cycles. Content also deals with water and wastewater treatments, air pollution, and solid waste treatment and disposal technologies. Includes laboratory.

This course meets the Natural Science  with lab general education distribution requirement.

Prerequisites: ENGL 93  (or placement into ENGL 99  or higher) and MATH 87  or AHSE 66  (or placement into MATH 98  or higher)

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Discuss the natural cycles of an ecosystem
  • Explain the natural flow of energy and associated ecosystems and their sustainability
  • Discuss changes to ecosystems due to human activity 
  • Identify common constituents of surface water, groundwater, and domestic wastewater
  • Apply concepts and principles of sustainable development as it relates to wastewater treatment, dissolved oxygen, and landfill space
  • Identify environmental issues that relate to different cultures and countries

General Education Distribution Area Outcomes
Students who successfully complete courses in the Natural Science distribution area will be able to:

  • Use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate the accuracy of data/information relative to the natural world
  • Identify and locate appropriate resources to answer questions concerning living systems and/or matter 
  • Apply principles of science in our daily lives

Total Hours: 60 Theory (Lecture) Hours: 40 Guided Practice (Lab or Clinical) Hours: 20