EES335 Environmental Science

Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell

Course Description

A study of man's relationship to the environment and the effects on it. Examines plant and animal community structure, renewable and nonrenewable resources and environmental degradation with emphasis on what is needed for a sustainable society.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss what humankind needs to do to attain a sustainable future.
  • Understand and describe the hazards of current human population growth.
  • Summarize the influence of modern human lifestyles on the ecosystems of earth (overpopulation, resource depletion, monoculture and pesticide, pollution of the atmosphere and streams, energy waste and mismanagement, deforestation, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity).
  • Understand the human role in climate modification and interfering with the biogeochemical cycles.
  • Describe chemical, biological and atomic pollution of air, soil and water by human activities.
  • Develop environmental models, and human activities and lifestyles to reduce the destruction of our fragile ecosystems.
  • Participate in environmentally sensitive activities that educate others or directly influence the quality of their local marine or terrestrial environments and the endemic or native species present.