ES 2013 Environmental Systems I

An introduction to the biotic principles of man-machine-community interrelationships within the natural and built environments. General attention is given to the biotic concepts of growth, processes, and changes occurring in ecosystems and social structures. Emphasis on understanding system dynamics and their relation to public policy formulation and natural resource use. Students will analyze scientific phenomena and learn to develop justified arguments, and also have the opportunity to learn about social and personal responsibility as it relates to the environment and environmental issues. May apply toward the Level I Core Curriculum requirement in science.

In Q-designated sections of ES 2013, faculty incorporated real world case studies to involve students in comprehension of quantitative literacy skills.

Example Assignment: Students do a research project on the number of daylight hours for several locations around the world, create visualizations of the data, and work as a team to compare and contrast data found from other student’s research. Students learn how to analyze their data in various ways and write conclusions based on their analyses in a team based learning format.