Biology 1110 - Environmental Biology

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the environment investigating how nature works and how things are interconnected. Based on an understanding of ecological concepts and principles, you will examine lifestyle issues and critically analyze the relationship among population, natural resources, land use, agriculture, biodiversity, industrialization, and pollution. Environmental problems are examined from scientific, ethical, economic, and sociological perspectives to enable you to understand the relevance of biology to contemporary issues in human society. Prerequisites: None
4 credit hours

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COURSE MEDIA

Ten one-hour videos from the Race to Save the Planet series
Twelve one-hour streaming videos from the Journey to Planet Earth series

ORIENTATION/ATTENDANCE

Orientation is required.

EVALUATION/GRADING

Eight laboratory assignments, five exams

COURSE OUTLINE

Topic

Lab Work

Laboratory Exercise

 EXAM

Historical Roots & Environmental Worldviews

Chapters 1 & 6

RTSTP Lesson 1

JTPE Episode 8

LAB 1:
Exploring Your Connections to the Earth

 

Structure & Function in Ecosystems

Chapters 2, 3, 4, & 5

 

EXAM 1 

Agricultural Systems & Food Choices

Chapters 9 & 10

RTSTP Lesson 7

JTPE Episode 3 and 5

LAB 2:
Understanding Your Foodshed

 

Water: Use & Pollution

Chapters 15 & 16

JTPE Episode 1 and 11

LAB 3:
Down the Drain

EXAM 2

 Air: Use & Pollution

Chapters 17 & 18

RTSTP Lesson 2

 

 

Energy: Choices & Consequences 

Chapters 19 & 20, & 21

RTSTP Lesson 6

LAB 4:
Hot House Planet

EXAM 3

Stability, Change & Crisis in Biomes and Communities

Chapters 3, 11 & 12

RTSTP Lesson 5

JTPE Episode 9 and 10

LAB 5:
Biomes & Biodiversity

 

Environmental Health: Toxicology, Risk Assessment, and Policy Making

Chapters 7 & 14

JTPE Episode 6 and 7

 

 

Resources: Use, Misuse, & Waste Management

Chapter 22

RTSTP Lesson 8

LAB 6:
Opposing Viewpoints

 EXAM 4

Human Population and Resource Consumption

Chapters 1, 3, 6, & 8

RTSTP Lesson 9

JTPE Episode 4

LAB 7:
Questioning Consumption

 

Land Use issues

Chapter 13

JTPE Episode 2

LAB 8:

Suburban Dream or the Nightmare of Urban Sprawl

 

Sustainable Solutions

Chapters 6 & 24

RTSTP Lesson 10

JTPE Episode 12

 

EXAM 5 

 

 

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