ENVR1305 Environmental Science

Course Description

This course meets MN Transfer Goal Areas 3 and 10 - Natural Sciences and People and the Environment. This introductory course surveys the processes that shape our planet and examines the Earth's structure and the fundamental interactions between its systems such as atmosphere, water, landscape, biologic processes, and human activities. The course introduces the principles of environmental science to understand the interactions of systems and cycles, feedback mechanisms, modes of system change, and the human environment using case studies. The course is intended for an audience of both Environmental Science majors and non-science majors who are interested in learning about how the Earth works, how the Earth changes, and how that relates to human society.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the functions of basic Earth system components.
  • Demonstrate the application of scientific principles in terms of Earth systems.
  • Apply the theoretical concepts of scientific methods.
  • Describe the atmospheric components and impact of anthropogenic pollutants.
  • Articulate the spatial distribution and integration of the Earth system.
  • Examine the relationship of Earth systems and the human community.
  • Investigate the integration of these systems with each other and the human environment.
  • Identify critical aspects of water sources in the hydrological cycle.
  • Explain the principles of energy and differentiate between different forms of energy.
  • Explain ecological concepts and how biological evolution led to biodiversity of life on the earth.
  • Examine the basis for grouping plant communities in biomass.
  • Define the principles of environmental sustainability.


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4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 0 other