Processes of Science: Environmental Science

Course Number: 
NSCI-153
Credits: 
3

This course covers introductory science processes using the content of environmental studies as a vehicle to establish an appreciation of the scientific method, critical thinking and problem solving. The basic processes of observing, collecting data, classifying, comparing, analyzing and forming hypotheses will be addressed using the concepts of environmental studies.

Goals: 
  • To develop reading, writing and analytical skills related to the environmental studies content and to use those skills to develop and revise written laboratory reports.
  • To enhance skills in communicating scientific ideas and processes in writing and face-to-face, using English and ASL.
  • To develop students’ ability to think critically and solve problems as they relate scientific concepts to real world issues.
  • To develop skills in observation, basic measurement techniques, data collection, and graphical and analytical interpretation of data.
Topics: 
  • Air Pollution
  • Vehicle Pollution
  • Fuel Economy
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Toxic Release Inventory
  • Water Pollution
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Water Quality Testing (chemical based)
  • Water Quality Testing (species based)
  • Great Lakes
  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Warming
  • Environmental Disasters
  • Biodiversity
  • Human Population
  • Overfishing
  • Technical signs and science vocabulary
  • ASL signs used in this course
  • How the science concepts relate to the signs
Learning Outcomes: 

Outcome: At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

Assessment Method

1.  Research and analyze which car is the best through MPG and how high and low MPG impacts the environment

Lab report

2.  Research and present various alternative energy sources by showing the pros and cons of the energy source

Presentation, Test

3. Identify trouble areas using Toxic Release Inventory reports

Lab report

4.  Use technology to collect water samples to analyze  and report findings

Lab report

5.  Research and share environmental issues regarding the Great Lakes.

Presentation, Test

6.  Discuss the importance of Biodiversity

Homework, Test

7.  Analyze the impact of human population growth on the environment.

Homework, Test

8.  Measure the impact of wind on air pollution

Lab report

9.  Measure the impact of cars on air pollution.

Lab report

10.  Measure the impact of overfishing on ecosystem and demonstrate knowledge how to reduce overfishing

Homework, Lab report, Test

11.  Demonstrate cooperative problem solving with peers

Lab activities

12.  Research multiple environmental disasters and demonstrate how the ecosystem was impacted

Presentation

 

Additional Notes/Details: 

Other Course Requirements:

Properly organized, equipped, and maintained science lab and access to computers.