Environmental Science Revised Course

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Environmental Science Revised Course The BIO 107 (Environmental Science) course would be reinstituted and revised in order to meet both the life science and earth science competencies and to include a lab experience. Initially, the course would be taught by faculty from both BIO and EES, with faculty splitting the lecture and lab (each would teach the equivalent of one course). Later offerings of this course could continue to split the course or could allow one faculty member to cover both lecture and lab, as coverage of foundational biology and geology concepts could be covered by any faculty member trained in any of the environmental sciences (broadly defined). Doing so would allow for reduced offerings of BIO 100/101 and potentially a reduction of introductory EES courses. It would allow students seeking teacher certification to cover the competencies in fewer courses than is currently allowed. In addition to the physical science course, elementary certification students would take 1 additional course (equivalent of 4 credits currently – 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) instead of 2 different lecture courses for earth science and life science, typically with a lab from one of these taken to fulfill the lab requirement. Using the current course hour model, this would take students from 10 hours (3 lectures, 1 lab) to 8 hours (2 lecture-lab combinations). Students seeking middle school certification would take the physical science and environmental science courses (including labs), taking them from the equivalent of 11 hours (3 lectures, 2 labs) to 8 hours (2 lecture-lab combinations). It would also allow other students an additional course option with which to fulfill their lab science requirement. An environmental science course is the most suitable for this transformation, as both the environmental biology and environmental geology courses cover many similar topics, making it easier to adapt 1 course to fit both subjects. The course would broadly overview environmental issues, life science concepts, earth science concepts, and ecology. For this foundation, it would explore crucial environmental issues, including natural resources, energy, mineral extraction, air and water pollution, threats to biodiversity, and human population issues.
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Tentative Course Schedule BIO/EES/ENVS 107 Schedule Week # Lecture Topics Chapters in Miller Text Lab Topic 1 Intro. To Environmental Science, Matter and Energy 1-2 Eutrophication & Nutrient Limitation* 2 Life Science Principles 3-4 Evolution and Biodiversity 3 Earth Science Principles and Mineral Resources 15 Rock Types 4 Ecology and Ecosystems 5, 7 Plate Tectonics Simulation 5 Human Population Dynamics 8-9 STELLA Modeling lab 6 Air Resources and Pollution 19-20 Air Quality Sampling* 7 Air Resources and Pollution 19-20 Green Roof Lab* 8 Water Resources and Pollution 14, 21
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