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BIO 102 - Humans and the Environment

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of the design of the natural world and interactlons between humans and their environment. lt includes an investigation of' the impact of human activities on biodiversity.naturat resources,availability of energy,and oontamination of the environment. The scientific. economic. ana social issues that contribute to environmental problems are also examined. Sustainability principles, policies, and programs are explored on the local, national and global level. This course is an elective designed fbr non-science majors.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the components of the natural world and analyze their relationships with each other.
Describe the population dynamics of different species, excluding humans in the biosphere.
Explain the effects that human activities have on Earth's capacity to sustain biodiversity and natural resources.
Describe the relationship between human population dynamics and environmental change.
Analyze the energy altematives availabe to meet the demands of the human population on the world's natural resources.
Identify local, national, global policies that impact the sustainability of natural resources and biodiversity.
ldentily sustainable practices that can help mitigate global environrnental problems.
Describe the effect of economic development and conflict on environmental impact.
Demonstrate the necessary laboratory skills to measure and analyze environmental paramelers.
Demonstrate an understanding of laboratory experiments as they relate to ecological concepts.

College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Global Understanding (GU) and Scientific Inquiry (SI)

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: REA 050