EVR 1001 Fall 2009 Syllabus - Dr. Onsted
EVR 1001: Introduction to Environmental Science
Florida International University, Fall 2009
Professor: Dr. Jeff Onsted TA: Yogesh Dangol
Phone: (305) 348-1693 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: ECS 332
Office hours: M & W: 10:00-11:30
Class: M, W, and F 9:00-9:50 CP-151
Purpose of Course:
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the science behind environmental problems and issues. The approaches range from the physical, chemical, and biological and topics covered include air pollution, water pollution, energy resources, solid waste, habitat destruction, as well as the persistent creation and aggravation of these problems by human institutions, philosophies, and economic systems. This course is not all gloom and doom, however, as we will also discuss a number of possible solutions to address the myriad environmental problems in the world today.
In this course students investigate scientifically the impact human beings have had on the Earth and its systems: water, air, biota, and soils. After this course, students will understand more specifically the actual scientific processes behind the Earth’s natural cycles, the way human beings have affected these cycles, and discussed solutions to remedy these problems. Students should walk away from the class better prepared and more confident to weigh in on important environmental dilemmas and controversies because they will be armed with scientific knowledge rather than political rhetoric.
Text: 1. Miller, G.T. 2008. Environmental Science 12th Ed.
Evaluation: Three lecture exams @ 100 points + environmental service option valued @ 30 bonus points The total will be scored out of 300 points.
Exams: Exams will be multiple choice scantron. Make-up exams will only be given to those who can produce a note from a doctor due to serious illness and they will be in essay format. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result, at the very least, in a 0 on the assignment and, at most, could result in your expulsion from the University, depending on the severity of the offense.
Attendance: Although I will not be taking attendance in class, the best way to fail is to not come to class. Coming to class, taking notes, reading the book and reviewing thoroughly for exams are the best way to do well in this course.
IN (incomplete) grades and drops: IN grades are only for students in good standing who have completed the majority of the course but cannot complete it for extenuating circumstances. IN grades have to be cleared with me personally at least two weeks before the end of the term. If you are doing poorly and want out, drop the course. Don’t ask for an IN. By the way, if you decide you want out and stop attending, you must do the paperwork or go to a kiosk and formally drop the course. If you just stop coming and don’t drop, you’ll receive an F or F0 grade at the end of the term.
Grades: *Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A’s: 90-100% B’s: 80-89% C’s: 70-79% D’s: 60-69% F: < 60%
* If the tests and other assignments result in too few students performing well (in the A or B range) I will “curve” the points so that student grades will improve. NOTE: this curve can ONLY help your grade, it will never hurt it. Therefore, you will be assigned a grade either based on the “curve” or based on the scale above, whichever is higher.
Laboratory: To fulfill the requirement for UCC physical sciences, you must take the lab (EVR-1001L) also. It is by far the best to take it in the same term, but if necessary, the lab can be taken in another term.
Environmental Service: All students are encouraged but not required to perform 3 hours of environmental service. Fulfilling this service will give bonus points. The value of the service is 30 points. This can be accomplished by participating in one of the SEA’s Preserve or Lake Days on campus. They have a sign-in sheet of which faculty get copies. The maximum number SEA can handle is about 40/session, so be on time to be included. WEAR OLD CLOTHES! or you’ll wish you had. If your lab instructor also offers service credit, you must do a separate session for the laboratory. Information about the sessions can be obtained at the SEA website, www. fiu.edu/~ sea and will also be announced in class. You may do your service also at a national, state, county or city park or with a genuine environmental organization by volunteering and obtaining official written documentation of your work from a park or organization employee. The documentation must include the following information:
1. Your name 2. The date of the service 3. the number of hours worked. 4. What you did.
The service must be completed during the term the course is offered.
Please note: The schedule below may be changed throughout the course of the semester if the need arises. Please think of it as a tentative schedule and check the class website for updates (see above for address).
EVR-1001/U01: Introduction to Environmental Science Fall/2010 Dr. Jeff Onsted
M, W, F 10:00-10:50 Environmental Studies Dept/UP CP 151
Date Topics Miller 12th Edition.
8/24 Course overview, Sustainability and Human Impact CH. 1.1-1.3
8/26 Why do we have these problems? CH 1.4-1.6
8/28 Science, Matter and Energy I CH. 2.1-2.3
8/31 Science, Matter and Energy II CH. 2.4-2.5
9/2 Ecology and Ecosystems CH. 3.1-3.4
9/4 Ecosystem Flows and Cycles CH. 3.5-3.7
9/7 Labor Day Holiday – No Class
9/9 Evolution and Change CH. 4.1-4.3
9/11 Human Impacts on Evolution and Biodiversity CH. 4.4-4.5
9/14 Climate Impacts VIDEO CH.5.1-5.3
9/16 Oceans and Aquatic Systems VIDEO CH. 5.4-5.6
9/18 Species and Communities CH. 6.1-6.3
9/21 Communities and Populations CH. 6.4-6.5
9/25 EXAM #1 (Chapters 1 thru 6 as well as lectures up to this point)
9/28 Human Population Growth CH. 7.1-7.4
9/30 Sustainable Cities CH. 7.5-7.7
10/2 Deforestation VIDEO CH. 8.1-8.3
10/5 Preservation and Restoration CH. 8.4-8.6
10/7 Biodiversity on land and sea CH. 8.7-8.8
10/9 Human Caused Extinction CH. 9.1-9.3
10/12 Species Protection CH. 9.4-9.5
10/14 Food Security CH. 10.1-10.4
10/16 Sustainable Diets CH. 10.5-10.7
10/19 Water Use and Scarcity CH. 11.1-11.3
10/21 Flooding and Pollution CH. 11.4-11.5
10/23 Rocks, Minerals, and Sustainable Mining CH. 12.1-12.5
10/28 EXAM #2 (Chapters 7 thru 12 as well as all lectures between first exam and this exam)
10/30 Energy Sources CH. 13.1-13.3
11/2 Renewable Energy CH. 13.4-13.6
11/4 Environmental Hazards CH. 14.1-4.3
11/6 Risk Assessment CH. 14.4-14.5
11/9 Air Pollution CH. 15.1-15.3
11/11 Veteran’s Day – No CLASS
11/13 Global Warming CH. 15.4-15.6
11/16 Recycling and Waste VIDEO CH. 16.1-16.3
11/18 Waste Disposal CH. 16.4-16.6
11/23 Sustaining Human Societies CH. 17.1-17.6
11/25 CLASS IS CANCELLED – HAVE AN EXTRA HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 11/27 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY – NO CLASS
11/30 Summary, Review
12/2 EXAM #3 (Chapters 13 thru 17 as well as all lectures between second exam and this exam)