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SCIN140 - Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab

Course Details

Course Code: SCIN140 Course ID: 3827 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course will give students the opportunity to learn and connect with the central issues of environmental science. This is a course primarily for the non-scientist. The basic concepts of ecology, geography, chemistry, economics, ethics, policy, and many other disciplines will be used to examine the overarching role that humans play in our planet's environmental problems and successes. The laboratory exercises will allow students to use hands-on, field, and/or Internet resources to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data regarding the human-environment relationship. Lifestyle examination, ethical considerations, and critical analysis of individual contributions to local and global impacts in regards to environmental sustainability will be emphasized in the laboratory portion of this course.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  • LO-1 Define environmental science and environmental sustainability.
  • LO-2 Relate human population size to impacts on the environment and sustainability.
  • LO-3 Describe the role of ethics and values in environmental issues, as well as environmental science in the context of history, politics, and economics.
  • LO-4 Distinguish among the various types of solid and hazardous wastes and ways to reduce and manage wastes.
  • LO-5 Describe the major components of the atmosphere, impacts of air pollution, potential causes and consequences of global atmospheric change.
  • LO-6 Identify world food problems, major types of agriculture, and challenges and solutions to food production problems.
  • LO-7 Illustrate the geologic properties of the lithosphere and the environmental effects of humans on mineral and soil resources.
  • LO-8 Explain the importance of water resources, management, pollution, conservation, and water quality, including the global ocean.
  • LO-9 Compare energy consumption of highly developed and developing countries.
  • LO-10 Discuss the technological, political, and environmental issues associated with fossil fuel and nuclear energy sources.

The laboratories will enable students to:

  • Define “ecological footprint” and the relationship between the conservation of biological diversity and the consumption of resources by humans.
  • Explained toxicity and some potential hazards that can result from consumer products in the home.
  • Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere and map trends of important meteorological variables.
  • Describe air pollution and key sources of local air pollutants.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and ways to conserve water.
  • Explain the relationship between the carbon cycle and global warming and ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through lifestyle alterations.
  • Analyze personal usage of natural resources
  • Describe alternatives that will lessen the impact on the environment.
NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.50 %
Forum 2 2.50 %
Forum 3 2.50 %
Forum 4 2.50 %
Forum 5 2.50 %
Forum 6 2.50 %
Forum 7 2.50 %
Forum 8 2.50 %
Lesson Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz 1 - Lessons 1&2 5.00 %
Quiz 2 - Lessons 3&4 5.00 %
Quiz 3 - Lessons 5&6 5.00 %
Quiz 4 - Lessons 7&8 5.00 %
Laboratories 30.00 %
Week 1 Lab - Ecological Footprint 1.88 %
Week 2 Lab - Home Chemicals 1.88 %
Week 3 Lab - Weather 1.88 %
Week 4 Lab - Water Use 1.88 %
Week 5 Lab - Trees and Carbon 1.88 %
Week 6 Lab - Personal Impact Analysis - Carbon 1.88 %
Week 7 Lab - Fossil Fuel Capstone 1.88 %
Week 8 Lab - Renewable Capstone 1.88 %
Lab 1 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 2 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 3 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 4 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 5 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 6 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 7 Quiz 1.88 %
Lab 8 Quiz 1.88 %
Research Project 30.00 %
PowerPoint Presentation 30.00 %

Required Readings

  • See the Lessons section of the classroom for readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.