Office of Undergraduate Instruction

This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.

Offered

Fall, Spring, Summer

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

Course Description

Ecological and evolutionary ideas affecting space ecology, population increase, food supply, air and water pollution, and nuclear energy.

Topics include:

  • HUMANS AND SUSTAINABILITY: AN OVERVIEW
    • Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability
    • Environmental History:  Learning from the Past
  • SCIENCE AND ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES
    • Science, Systems, Matter and Energy
    • Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?
    • Evolution and Biodiversity
    • Climate, Terrestrial Biodiversity
    • Aquatic Biodiversity
    • Community Ecology
    • Population Ecology
    • Applying Population Ecology:  The Human Population
  • SUSTAINING BIODIVERSITY
    • Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: Managing & Protecting Ecosystems
    • Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach
    • Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity
  • SUSTAINING NATURAL RESOURCES
    • Food & Soil Resources
    • Water Resources
    • Geology & Nonrenewable Mineral Resources
    • Nonrenewable Energy Resources
    • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • SUSTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
    • Risk, Toxicology, & Human Health
    • Air Pollution
    • Climate Change & Ozone Loss
    • Water Pollution
    • Pest Management
    • Solid & Hazardous Waste
    • Sustainable Cities
  • SUSTAINING HUMAN SOCIETIES
    • Economics, Environment, & Sustainability
    • Politics, Environment, & Sustainability
    • Environmental Worldview, Ethics, & Sustainability

 Course Syllabi:

Course Syllabus Spring 2018

Course satisfies the following Learning Goals:

1: To develop academic skills that will provide a foundation for success in advanced courses, gate-keeper standardized tests, graduate or professional school, and life-long learning.

2: To acquire the appropriate factual and conceptual knowledge that provides student with a foundation on which they can further their immediate education and to manage a career.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals

21st Century: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.

Natural Science.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

2 Hourly Exams = 40% each
One presentation = 15%

Attendance = 5%

Course Materials

  • Required Textbook: Miler, G.T. Jr., Living in the Environment, 18th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-133-94013-5
  • ISBN-10: 1-133-94013-7

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences -Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Biological Laboratories B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

Prof. John Pescatore

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

Contact Us

Nelson Biological Laboratories

Nelson Biological Laboratories
604 Allison Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854


p. (848) 445-2075
f.  (732) 445-5870