This course provides an overview of the nature of ecosystems, energy flow, and the inter-relationships of biology, geology, and chemical cycles. Students explore issues in population studies, environmental pollution, and the organization and dynamics of ecological communities. Specific topics include scientific habits of the mind; the application of scientific knowledge, methodology, and historical context to solve problems; the use of laboratory technologies; earth dynamics; the influence of technology on environmental quality; conservation practices; biodiversity; environmental planning and waste management; environmental monitoring and policy; sustainable use of public land; characteristics of populations; biotic and abiotic environmental factors; and energy production technologies.
Requested competency code:
- Lab Science
In order to be reviewed as a laboratory science, we will need a list of physical laboratory experiments completed for this course and number of hours students spend doing laboratory assignments each week.