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Exploring Environmental Science and Solutions

Prerequisite: ENV 202 204 303

Students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The student prepares a poster presentation and a written report on the research. Open to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: ENV 202 204 303 with minimum grade of C-. 1 Cr. Every semester.

A study of qualitative aspects of water resources, with emphasis on local wetlands and streams. Lecture and field trips.

Introduction to Environmental Science

Students examine human impacts on the physical and biological environment and assess solutions to today’s environmental problems. They analyze the interconnections among Earth systems and explore the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science. Topics include ecology, population dynamics, natural resources, pollution, water quality, climate change, energy and waste management. This course fulfills a General Education State Core Science requirement.

The book is well organized but it needs more in-depth contents to meet the expectations of most teachers for an introductory Environmental Science college level text. For example, it discusses global changes and focuses on the environmental aspects of agriculture but gives only cursory discussion of the social dimensions of sustainability. There are also many charts and graphs that should be updated – for example, stratospheric ozone depletion curves in chapter 7 were last presented in 2012 and do not show the positive effect of international cooperation on this problem. Other topics that should be updated regularly are discussed only briefly or not at all (e.g., ocean acidification).

Environmental Problems and Solutions

An exploration of environmental problems that are caused by human activities and the resulting impacts to natural systems. Topics include overpopulation and its effect on the environment, global food supplies, agriculture and land development, biodiversity, fossil fuels and “green” energy sources, ozone depletion, water pollution, and soil erosion and degradation.

A hands-on introduction to the principles of ecosystem restoration. Students work in teams to solve real design challenges involving terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis on regulatory constraints, site characterization and evaluation, conceiving and designing restoration projects that fit into the surrounding landscape, monitoring requirements, control of invasive species, and adaptive management.

In this course, students explore the ecological, historical, cultural, and political contexts of today’s most pressing environmental issues. Students also plan and launch real-world projects that advance sustainability on campus and in local communities. Guest speakers and field trips round out this learning experience. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: junior class standing.

Environmental Chemistry

Whether studying the impact of carbon emissions on air quality or how pharmaceuticals can contaminate groundwater, an environmental scientist must understand the chemical and physical principles that govern pollutants. This program helps you apply these fundamentals with hands-on lab work and field research in the beautiful landscape that surrounds Western’s campus.

You’ll also learn about the chemical alterations of natural systems, such as acid rain, photochemical smog, ozone depletion and greenhouse gas formation. You’ll also study the chemistry of soil organic matter and how it influences nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems.

You’ll gain valuable experience addressing real-world challenges through a capstone project and participation in sustainable city projects, working on contaminated sites in Washington state and participating in a wildlife monitoring project for endangered species in Alaska. These practical project opportunities help you build a diverse set of skills that employers value, including critical scientific thinking, excellent communication and strong work ethic. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the ethical ramifications of some environmental issues.

Environmental Toxicology

The study of the biological, chemical and physical principles governing pollutants in air, water, soil and food. Includes such topics as acid rain, photochemical smog, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases and climate change, energy sources and use, water pollution, and food toxins. Emphasis on hazard recognition and control. (F, AY)

The course provides a survey of major environmental problems and the ways in which they can be solved. Lecture and laboratory/recitation.

Environmental chemists use their knowledge of geology, chemistry and biology to understand the composition of the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, and how they interact with human activities. This interdisciplinary field uses research to develop policies that will minimize adverse impacts on humans and the environment.

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