GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION PART 1


Section .002 Lecture meets in SSS100, MWF11:00-11:50 am
Office:  P253
Office Hours:  4-4:45 MW, 10:00-10:47 MW, 3:00-3:43 F or make an appointment via email

Text:
 
Environmental Science:  A Global Concern, 6th Ed.
W. P. Cunningham and B. W. Saigo. 2001.  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.

Grade Components:   Please note:  All students must complete all three tests, the "Garbology" and the "Second" assignment to receive a passing grade.

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 normal distribution curve where:  A 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%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*participation based on completion of in-class assignments (e.g., video reviews, pop quizzes).   In-class assignments cannot be made up, even if you have an excused absence.  4 missing in-class assignment "amnesties"/ student/ semester will be factored into the grading scheme. 
Tests formats are:  multiple choice (80%), matching, list, and short answer (20%). 

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