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Bio102-Chap1Notes - Biology 102 Environmental Science...

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Biology 102 - Environmental Science Introduction Environmental Science - Themes Environmental Science - Definitions Science As a Way of Knowing Scientific Design & Methods Approaches to Thinking History of Environmentalism Human Dimensions Rich and Poor Countries Environmental Science is the systematic study of our environment and our place in it Highly Interdisciplinary Inclusive Holistic Applied Science Environment Circumstances and conditions that surround an organism or group of organisms Social and cultural conditions that affect an individual or community Science as a way of knowing Empirical study and logical analysis Reduce reliance on unexamined assumptions Explanations are provisional Cumulative, self-correcting process Scientific Design Reproducibility Controlled Studies Comparisons are made between experimental and control populations Every factor except the one being studied is held constant ‘Blind’ experiments help avoid bias Reasoning Deductive Starting with a general principle and deriving a testable predication about a specific case Inductive
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