1.0 Credit

This is an introductory course for students who wish to study topics relating to the environment, its resources, quality and ethical issues. Environmental science is the study of the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary context that always includes consideration of people and how they have influenced various systems around us. It includes many aspects of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, human population dynamics, and an appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources. Within each chapter are several pages that cover topics such as energy and cycling of matter, stability and change in ecosystems, and human activities and technology on ecosystems.

1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
3- Understanding Plagiarism
4- Course Links
5- MLA Formatting
6- MLA Formatting MSWord
7- MLA Documentation
8- MLA Citation
9- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Science
1- What is Science?
2- Scientific Methodology
Handout: Scientific Methodology Matching Exercise
Assignment: Scientific Methodology Matching Exercise
3- Graphing Data
4- Types of Graphs
5- The Application of Science

3- Hierarchy of the Biosphere
1- Hierarchy of the Biosphere
Handout: Project: I am First
Assignment: Exploring an Ecological Address
Assignment: Ecosystem
Assignment: Project: I am First

4- Abiotic and Biotic
1- Abiotic and Biotic Factors
Assignment: “It’s Alive… It’s Alive!… or is it?”
Quiz: Chapters 3-4 Test

5- Energy Flow in an Ecosystem
1- The Origin of Energy
2- Photosynthesis
3- Respiration
Essay: Photosynthesis and Respiration
4- Food Chains and Food Webs
5- Web of Life
Essay: Food Chains and Biological Magnification
6- Energy in a Food Chain
7- Energy and Ecological Pyramids
Handout: Energy Pyramid
Handout: Project: Just Eat It!
Assignment: Audio Inquiry: Energy in an Ecosystem
Assignment: Energy Pyramid
Assignment: Project: Just Eat It!

6- Biogeochemical Cycles
1- The Hydrologic Cycle
Assignment: The Water Cycle
2- The Nitrogen Cycle
3- The Phosphorus Cycle
4- The Carbon Cycle
Assignment: VLab: Carbon Cycle
Assignment: Project: Even Mother Nature Recycles

7- Succession
1- Introduction: Succession
2- Pioneer Species and Communities
3- Types of Succession
Assignment: Succession
4- Aquatic Succession
5- Real-Life Succession
Handout: Project: Line up in succession, we are going on a field trip
Assignment: Project: Line up in succession, we are going on a field trip
Quiz: Chapters 5-7 Test

8- Biomes
1- Introduction to Biomes
2- Tropical Rainforest
3- Taiga
4- Temperate Forest
5- Temperate Grassland
6- Savanna
7- Desert
8- Tundra
Handout: Project: Vacation Packages of the Biome
Assignment: Biomes
Assignment: Project: Vacation Packages of the Biome

9- Aquatic Ecosystems
1- Aquatic Ecosystems Introduction
2- Freshwater Biomes
3- Saltwater Biomes
4- Estuary and Mangrove Swamp
Handout: Project: Let’s Name the Zones
Assignment: Aquatic Ecosystems
Assignment: Project: Let’s Name The Zones

10- Weather and Climate
1- Weather and Climate
2- Climates vs. Microclimates
3- Ecosystems and Climate
Handout: Project: Climatic Change in Climate
Assignment: Project: Climatic Change in Climate
Quiz: Chapters 8-10 Test

11- Population Growth
1- Introduction
2- Size Changes in Populations
3- Human Population
Assignment: Web Lesson: Human Population Growth
4- Technology and Carrying Capacity
5- Developed and Developing Countries
6- Introduced Species
7- Balance of Nature
Assignment: Is the Petri Dish Half Full or Half Empty?

12- Limitations of Population Growth
1- Limitations of Population Growth Introduction
2- Relationships in Nature
Assignment: Predator-Prey Relationship
3- Symbiotic Relationships
Assignment: Web Inquiry: Symbiotic Relationships
4- Parasitism
Handout: Symbiotic Relationships
Assignment: Symbiotic Relationships
5- Adaptations
Assignment: Animal Adaptations
6- Natural Selection
Handout: Project: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Assignment: Project: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Quiz: Chapters 11-12 Test

13- Agriculture
1- Introduction
2- History of Agriculture
3- Growing Regions and Influencing Factors
Handout: Project: Farmville
Assignment: Project: Farmville

14- Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
1- Nonrenewable Natural Resouces
2- Conservation of Nonrenewable Resouces
Assignment: Web Inquiry: Petroleum
3- Renewable Resources and Disadvantages of Implementation
4- Agriculture and Natural Resources
Handout: Project: Solar or Nuclear Power
Assignment: Project: Solar or Nuclear Power

15- Pollution
1- Introduction
2- Water Pollution
3- Air and Noise Pollution
4- Point and Nonpoint Pollution
5- Land Pollution
Handout: Project: Superfund Sites or Waste Disposal
Assignment: Project: Superfund Sites or Waste Disposal

16- Resource Utilization
1- Introduction
2- Consumption of Resources
3- Resource Distribution
4- Resource Waste
5- Conservation
6- Conservation and Cooperation Internationally and Individually
7- Human Health and Pollution
Handout: Project: Smaller City; Bigger Plans
Assignment: Project: Smaller City; Bigger Plans

17- Humans and the Environment
1- Habitat Destruction
2- Extinction and Preservation
3- Mining
4- Soil Fertility
Quiz: Chapters 13-17 Test

18- Environmental Science Final Project
1- Introduction
Handout: Environmental Science Final Project
Assignment: Environmental Science Final Project
2- Go Make a Difference

19- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation