Introduction to Environmental Science
Learn about environmental science and its impact on our world. Explore topics such as ecosystems, biodiversity, pollution, energy consumption, and waste management. Discover how conservation efforts and sustainable practices can protect the environment for future generations.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Assess the various methods used to understand natural phenomena and the human impact on it, and analyze the steps taken to protect the environment.
Explain chemical cycles with reference to exchange of energy in chemical reactions and natural selection and evolution, and assess the effect of changes in the cycles on organisms.
Differentiate between various ecosystems, explain the interdependency of organisms within an ecosystem, and how changes in the environment can affect ecosystems.
Evaluate the impact of civilization on forests and grasslands, and assess how conservation efforts are useful in preserving species and restoration of habitats.
Analyze the use of and factors determining population characteristics of a species, explain the reasons for maintaining biodiversity, and evaluate the reasons for extinction of species.
Analyze human population growth and demography, and assess its impact on the environment.
Analyze the problems of urbanization in developed and developing countries, and evaluate its implication on the environment.
Evaluate techniques of sustainable agriculture and the need for pest control, and explain how pesticides degrade the soil and therefore the environment.
Describe the hydrologic cycle, classify sources of water pollution, and analyze techniques for water conservation and management.
Analyze the impact of air pollution on the climate and on human beings, and evaluate measures to reduce pollution.
Assess the factors that determine energy consumption and use of fossil fuels, and evaluate its effect on global warming.
Explain various alternative sources of energy, compare them in terms of environmental issues, and appraise energy conservation methods.
Explain the concept of waste management and evaluate programs and policies to reduce the harmful effects of waste.
Analyze the various factors influencing the use of environmental resources, and evaluate important local, national, and international policies, laws, and programs that aim to protect the environment.