Introduction to Environmental Science

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002


Course Description:
This course of study provides the student with an overview of current environmental concerns and the management of these concerns. Emphasis is on the application of biological, physical, and chemical methods to the understanding of and solutions to environmental problems. The student will gain insight into the natural interactions among living things and physical aspects of the environment, to include field experience.


Course Details


Denise Freeman




Required textbooks/ course materials:

Essential Environment, 6th edition, 2019, Withgott, Pearson, ISBN: 9780134714882 

OR  ISBN: 9780134838878 (Ebook and Access Code)


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 2 - Natural Science: Explore the Nature of Science

The purpose of the study of the natural sciences component in the core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing scientific theories.

NS-1 Recognize appropriate scientific terminology

NS-2 Apply scientific principles or concepts

NS-3 Solve real-world problems using scientific knowledge


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Recognize the development of environmental science from disciplines, historical events, and persons

Identify human impacts on the environment and solutions

Apply principles of ecology, conservation, ethics, justice and sustainabilty in the description of environmental problems, and management 

Give examples of components of Florida landscapes from field experiences

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3 

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3  

NS-1, NS-2, NS-3

Tests, Quizzes, Writing Assignment, Final Exam



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Lecture and practical application of skills are the primary methods of instruction. Students are expected to be attentive and are encouraged to ask questions. Lectures may be primarily from the textbook, and may be enhanced by the board illustrations, concept maps, power point presentations and overhead transparencies. Other teaching strategies may include: use of inquiry, science activities, demonstrations, problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative groups, process skills (describing relationships between variables, acquiring and processing your own data, analyzing investigations, constructing hypotheses, defining variables operationally, designing investigations, experimenting), class discussions, large and/or small group projects, service projects, oral presentations, read and report on subject matter articles from referred journals, reflective papers.


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