Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study that provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand human impact on the world. The student will gain a historical perspective to appreciate economic and political realities, learn to recognize the role played by different social experiences and ethical backgrounds, and finally, integrate these concepts with the science that describes the natural world and how humans affect it. The major units of the course are 1) environmental interrelationships, 2) ecological principles and their application, 3) energy, 4) human influences on ecosystems, and 5) pollution and policy. Wherever possible, the course will focus on examples in California that more closely relate to the students’ own experiences. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking skills and laboratory exercises.
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