Master Syllabus

The Environment


  1. Course Title: The Environment
  2. Course Number: ENV130
  3. Course Name: Environmental Sciences
  4. Credit Hours: 3
  5. Semesters Offered: Fall/Spring
  6. Prerequisite: COM 061 Advanced College Reading


This course is designed to introduce basic ecological principles and then apply them to a study of the environment and environmental problems related to human population growth. Topics include: resource utilization; water, air, and land pollution. Specific consideration will be given to the human alteration of the biosphere.


This course is designed for all students at the college. It is intended to help students develop:

A. A body of knowledge of basic scientific concepts in order to better deal with environmental issues related to citizenship.
B. An understanding of the scientist's approach to problem solving.
C. An understanding of the ideas and information from the biological, environmental, social, and behavioral sciences as they relate to environmental policy and decision making.
D. An awareness of, and concern about, present environmental and ecological problems.


  1. Identify laws of matter and energy and relate these laws to resource use and environmental disruption.
  2. Identify natural processes which keep humankind and other organisms alive.
  3. Describe the population and community dynamics.
  4. Discuss the types of inter-relationships between organisms and their environment.
  5. Discuss the concept of natural resources and natural resource utilization.
  6. Name and describe specific ways in which humans have unfavorably disrupted the biosphere with respect to energy use, radiation and pollution levels, and chemical physical, social, and ecological changes.
  7. Gather information about environmental issues from various sources such as journals and scientific papers.
  8. Be able to organize and present facts and relevant information from research.
  9. Formulate logical conclusions from independent study.
  10. Be able to critically evaluate environmental information presented in the media.
  11. Identify public attitudes, values, and beliefs which affect the quality of life on the planet.
  12. Distinguish among knowledge, belief, values, and attitudes, and recognize ways in which each affects the community, an ecosystem, and the biosphere.
  13. Identify your own values which determine your individual actions.