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Mount Saint Mary College    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017
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SCI 1030 - Environmental Sustainability


Credits: 3
This is a multidisciplinary course that examines the topic of environmental sustainability from several unique perspectives.  It begins with an analysis of different non-renewable and alternative energy resources and investigates the short-term and long-term consequences of their use.  It then addresses the predicted influence that climate change may have on ecological diversity and on our ability to cultivate a sustainable society.  The third portion of the course examines the toxicity of various pollutants in the environment and explores their roles in driving natural selection and their impacts on human health.  Throughout the course students will have opportunities to analyze experimental data and debate controversial environmental issues and to reflect upon the impact our individual behaviors have upon the environment and our society.  Emphasis will be placed on anthropogenic contributions to climate change, the maintenance of biodiversity and opportunities to effect change through individual actions and civic engagement.  The course will also investigate instances where science has been used and misused to determine public policy.  Students will utilize case studies, hands on activities, experiments, group research projects and discussions throughout the course.  They will acquire and evaluate scientific information pertaining to current controversial issues in environmental sustainability. 
Lecture hours/Lab hours: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Prerequisites: Successful completion of any one of the following:   , , , , OR   Completion of the following course sequences are also acceptable:  &  OR   &  



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