Honors Environment

A student class visiting a local biointensive mini-farm. ENV 131 The Honors Environment. This course is designed to introduce students to basic ecological principles and then apply them to a study of environmental problems related to human population growth. Topics will include: resource utilization; water, air, and land pollution. Specific consideration will be given to the human alteration of the biosphere. The Honors section serves as an introduction to environmental science for both the non-science and the science major. In addition to the application of fundamental principles of ecology and conservation, the course requires the use of investigative and communicative skills above the standard ENV 130 course.

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A student class visiting a local
Biointensive Mini-farm.
Photo: Edward F. Ozack, Sr.

Who teaches the course?
Any one of the five professors of biology.

Is there a course topic?
Dr. Soponis focuses on sustainability. Mr. Lapiniski focuses on the Schuylkill River.

Is the honors course (ENV131) different from the regular course (ENV130)?
Both honors and the regular section share a common knowledge base. In the honors course there’s a greater emphasis on primary sources of information and independent work.

Will the honors Environment fulfill my graduation requirement or will I have to take ENV130 as well?
The honors course (ENV131) may be used to fulfill the graduation requirement in environment (ENV130). Students select either course.

When is the honors Environment course offered?
Once a year.

Is it a large class?
Like the other honors courses, enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Picture of student conducting biological analysis.

A student conducting biological analysis of a stream at
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.
Photo: Edward F. Ozack, Sr.

Other Honors Courses

For more information, contact Dr. Annelle Soponis

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