Investigation of current environmental concerns. Particular focus will be given to the Rouge River watershed. Field trips to local sites during the lab period will be included. This course meets once a week for three hours of lab work.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
This course will present the fundamental concepts of environmental science. After completing this course students will be able to:
- use scientific laws, principles, models, and concepts to understand environmental and resource problems and possible solutions.
- understand how these concepts, problems and solutions are connected.
- develop a list of principles, concepts, and rules to serve as guidelines in making decisions.
- think logically and critically.
- Topographic maps
- Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Energy – Watts Up
- Rouge River water quality
- Groundwater modeling
- Forestry measures
- Service learning
- Soil quality measurements
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Collect and analyze experimental data.
- Demonstrate use of critical thinking skills in the analysis of experimental data.
- Write a formal lab report using a standard format.
- Demonstrate familiarity with library resources and electronic media and use criteria with which to judge reliability of various resources.
- Recall and restate basic scientific facts and concepts, as listed in the individual unit objectives.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of basic laboratory equipment.
- Analyze current environmental problems.
- Interpret topographic maps
- Use Geographic Information System (GIS).
- Demonstrate safe handling of equipment and supplies.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement may include participation (discussion and critiques), readings, assignment and formal papers.
- Natural Sciences
- Scientific Reasoning
- Category 6.1: Natural Sciences