Welcome to Geography 178
Conservation of the Environment


Section .001 Lecture meets in P119, MWF 11:00-11:50 am
Office:  P253
Office Hours:  9:30-10:30 MTWRF or make an appointment via email

Environmental Science:  A Global Concern, 7th Ed.
W. P. Cunningham and B. W. Saigo. 2002.  McGraw-Hill Co., Inc.

Course Purpose:  To provide students with the fundamentals of human-environmental interaction; a grasp of how these interactions create problems; and how the elements of social, technological, and personal choices combine to overcome them.

Course Objectives: 
1)  To understand the interconnections among Earth's biota, humans and their societies, and the environment.
2)  To understand the global nature of environmental problems.
3)  To understand the meaning of conservation.
4)  To understand the problems of resource scarcity and pollution which conservation measures attempt to control.
5)  To understand the programs, policies, and practices designed to control environmental efforts.
6)  To understand the basic issues, trade-offs, and controversies spawned by conservation efforts.
7)  To understand the need for developing a conservation ethic.
8)  To understand the structure of environmental rhetoric and be able to critically evaluate the quality, accuracy, and completeness of information
       used by both sides of a given environmental debate.

Course Prerequisites:  An open and inquisitive mind.

Grading:  The final letter grade will be based on points awarded for the grading components shown below.  Final grades will be assigned based on a distribution curve where:  A 3 90%, A- = 89%, B+ = 88%, B = 87%-80%, B- = 79%, C+ = 78%, C = 77%-70%, C- = 69%, D+ = 68%, D 67%-60%, D- = 59%, F < 59%.

Test 1 = 100 points/ 33% of course grade

Test 2 = 100 points/ 33% of course grade

Test 3 = 100 points/ 34% of course grade

Subject to change without notice

Created by Don Porschien

Last updated 10 January 03

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