Course Descriptions

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ENSI-119

Introduction to Environmental Science

Credit(s): 4

This course provides an excellent overview of many scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology and geology. Basic scientific principles are used to understand and address challenges faced in the environment including biodiversity loss, species extinction, the growth of human population, man's use of energy and water resources, toxicology, ocean acidification, global climate change and pollution of the environment. Lecture: 3 hours per week Lab: 1 hour per week
Prerequisites: MATH-025 or placement test COMPASS Algebra 46, MMT 30, ALEKS 30, ACT Math 20, SAT Math 470, RSAT Math 510
Corequisites: ENSI-119L

ENSI-225

International Environmental Issues

Credit(s): 3

This course will examine complex relationships between physical and social factors that contribute to unique regional variations and global significance of international environmental problems. The physical basis of major environmental issues including biodiversity, water resources and climate change will be discussed. In addition to physical and chemical factors, relationships of culture, demographics, geography, economics, history and politics define will be explored as these factors may complicate a region's environmental problems. Students will be required to use spatial and analytical data to communicate multifaceted international environmental problems and defend the economic feasibility, social/political acceptability and scientific basis of potential solutions. This global perspective will allow students to analyze and defend adaptation and mitigation strategies for these topics. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Corequisites: ENSI-119