EVR 3011 ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND POLLUTION

Spring 2010

 

Dr. Neptune Srimal,
Department of Earth and Environment

Email: srimal@fiu.edu

AC1-380A; 305-919-5969

Hrs: M-R 12 1 pm

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course is designed to provide non-science majors with a scientific basis for the key environmental issues of the present, with an emphasis on the dynamics of pollution and environmental toxicology, energy consumption and production, solid wastes, and air

and water resources. The students will gain a better understanding of the environmental chemistry behind these issues and how it affects human health and natural resources.

 

REQUIRED TEXT: Miller and Spoolman, Environmental Science, 13th edition. It is the same text used for EVR 1001, and it is available under that number.

 

EVALUATION

Two Exams at 100 points 200

Final Exam-Comprehensive 150

Attendance: 50

TOTAL: 400

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

            On-time attendance is required. Attendance will be taken on random days at the start of the period, and you must attend the full period to receive credit. Unannounced short quizzes may be used to check attendance, as well as homework assignments.

 

            Reading of the assigned chapters from the textbook and additional readings prior to class is expected. Come to class with your assigned reading completed and prepared to take notes, ask questions, and participate in class discussions.

 

            All electronic devices must be turned off during class. Failure to comply with this rule, may result in the student being excused from class.

 

            There will be no make- up exams and assignments unless exceptional conditions apply as defined in the Student Handbook, which require written evidence.

 

            If absent from class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and obtain notes from your classmates. Being absent does not excuse you from anything that was discussed or due during class.

 

            Late assignments will not be accepted, except under approved emergency circumstances as defined in the Student Handbook.

 

            Any impropriety (e.g., cheating, plagiarism) on exams, quizzes, or written project will constitute grounds for failing the course.

 

 

Tentative Schedule

Date

Topic

Chapter

4-Jan

Introduction

6-Jan

Introduction

8-Jan

Science, Matter and Energy

11-Jan

Energy and Ecology

13-Jan

Ecology, global chemical cycles, Ecosystem Services

15-Jan

Ecology, global chemical cycles, Ecosystem Services

20-Jan

Global biogeochemical Cycles

22-Jan

Water, Hydrologic Cycle, Ground water

25-Jan

Chemistry of Water

27-Jan

Water Resources, Drinking Water

29-Jan

Water Pollution

1-Feb

Waste water treatment

3-Feb

Toxicology and Risk

5-Feb

Toxicology and Risk

8-Feb

Review

10-Feb

Midterm 1

12-Feb

Mining and Mineral Resources

15-Feb

Mining and Mineral Resources

17-Feb

Solid Waste

19-Feb

Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste

22-Feb

Hazardous Waste

24-Feb

Waste Disposal

26-Feb

Energy Resources

1-Mar

Non-renewable Energy

3-Mar

Renewable Energy

5-Mar

Energy Efficiency

8-Mar

Nuclear Energy/ Three Mile Island/ Chernobyl

10-Mar

Midterm 2

12-Mar

Air Pollution

22-Mar

Ozone Hole

24-Mar

Acid Rain, Global Warming

26-Mar

Global Warming

29-Mar

Global Warming

31-Mar

Indoor Air Pollution

2-Apr

Food Resources

5-Apr

Farm Pollution

7-Apr

Farm Pollution

9-Apr

Environmental Policy, Sustainability

12-Apr

Environmental Policy, Sustainability

14-Apr

Overflow and Review

16-Apr

Overflow and Review

Final Exam (TBA)

 

         Topics & order of topic discussion in class may be subject to change.