375:101 Introduction to Environmental Science.

Prerequisites: None - This course is intended to serve two audiences: non-science majors who wish to improve their basic scientific literacy while better familiarizing themselves with the science underlying environmental problems, and potential science majors who are considering Environmental Sciences as a major. The course fulfills a science requirement for some non-science majors.

Textbook: available for purchase at the Cook-Douglass Cooperative Bookstore.  There is also an online version of the text available at http://www.prenhall.com/withgott/ .

Environment: The Science behind the Stories 3rd edition, by Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan, 2008, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, New York. (ISBN: 0-8053-9573-3)

 

Section 01

Offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

Format: The course consists of 29 meetings - 26 lectures and 3 non-cumulative exams. Readings from a text are assigned, and class attendance and participation are expected. It is anticipated that there will also be 5 short homework assignments.

Description: A detailed syllabus with all assignments from the current term is available at:

          http://www.envsci.rutgers.edu/~es101

Faculty Involved: Drs. Peter Strom and Craig Phelps from the Dept. Environmental Sciences, along with several guest speakers with expertise in a specific topic of interest.

 

Section 02

Offered: Fall and Spring Term.

Format: The course consists of 29 meetings - 26 lectures and 3 non-cumulative exams. Readings from a text are assigned, and class attendance and participation are expected. It is anticipated that there will also be 3 short homework assignments.

Description: A detailed syllabus with all assignments from the current term is available at:

          http://www.envsci.rutgers.edu/~es101/section2

Faculty Involved: Dr. Beth Ravit from the Dept. Environmental Sciences, along with several guest speakers with expertise in a specific topic of interest.

 

Sections 05, 90 and E1 (online only)

Offered: Spring and SummerTerms.

Format: The class, including the exams, is entirely online.  All of the materials that you will need for this course (aside from the textbook) will be found on an eCollege website ( https://ecollege.rutgers.edu/index2.jsp ).

Requirements:

There are 13 units to complete for this course.  The assignments for each unit will be due at the end of the time period that is scheduled for that unit.

Each unit consists of:

      1) a reading assignment from the text

      2) a series of power-point slides

      3) online activities

      3) a unit quiz (10 points)

      4) a threaded discussion (3 points)

      Four of the units will also contain a graphing exercise (10 points each).

There will be three on-line exams worth 40 or 50 points.

Description: A detailed syllabus with all assignments from the current term is available at:

          http://www.envsci.rutgers.edu/~es101/online

Faculty Involved: Dr. Craig Phelps from the Dept. Environmental Sciences.

Last updated: 01/08/2009