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PHYS 142 : Introduction to Environmental Science

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Introduction to Environmental Science
This introductory course stresses the interrelations of all aspects of the living and the nonliving world. It introduces the student to key concepts and principles that govern how nature works and the application of these concepts and principles to possible solutions to environmental and resource problems.

To provide a course for students needing to satisfy the general requirements of 6 units of physical science in Aviation Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Aviation Maintenance Management, Aviation Computer Science, or Management. It may also be used for Aeronautical Science students as an open elective. This course will be taught with the view of trying to develop an understanding of how various parts of the earth are connected and hopefully to develop a respect for life. Since environmental issues impact economics, these problems will also be discussed.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Explain the scientific system and how it applies to the study of environmental science.

2. Demonstrate factual knowledge of the problems associated with explosive growth of human population on the resources of this planet.

3. Demonstrate factual knowledge of the scope of environmental science, matter and energy, laws of thermodynamics, relationships of matter and energy laws to resource and pollution problems.

4. Explain the different biogeochemical cycles and how climate and temperature influence the different biomes.

5. Describe the different zones of life in the ocean and how sunlight, salinity and wave forces affect life here.

6. List some of the different ecosystems and their components as well as ways that man impacts ecosystems.

7. List some of the main causes of poverty and how politics, law and ethics affect resource use and environmental quality.

8. Demonstrate factual knowledge of factors that determine climate; problems and causes of global warming, ozone depletion, the principal components of the atmosphere and types of air pollutants.

9. List some of the principal components and types of soil, pesticides and herbicides and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
John H. Bradham, Ph.D., PMP - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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