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Goal 10. People and the Environment

Goal: To improve students, understanding of today's complex environmental challenges.  Students will examine the interrelatedness of human society and the natural environment.  Knowledge of both bio-physical principles and socio-cultural systems is the foundation for integrative and critical thinking about environmental issues.

LEP Objective: Examine the interrelationship of humans and the natural worlds from scientific and socio-cultural perspectives and the complex environmental challenges that result. Students can meet this requirement through 1 approved course or experience.

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic structure and function of various natural ecosystems and of human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  2. Discern patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  3. Describe the basic institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, religious) that are evolving to deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  4. Evaluate critically environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  5. Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems.
  6. Articulate and defend the actions they would take on various environmental issues.

Consistent with LEP Student Learning Outcomes, students will also demonstrate their ability to:

  • Explain the basic structure and function of various ecosystems and human adaptive strategies within those systems.
  • Discern patterns of interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems.
  • Describe the human institutional arrangements (social, legal, political, economic, and religious) that deal with environmental and natural resource challenges.
  • Analyze environmental and natural resource issues in light of understandings about interrelationships, ecosystems, and institutions.
  • Propose and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems including issues involving sustainability.

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Goal 10: People and the Environment  (Minimum 1 course)

AHS 1063, Natural Hazards and Human Society, 3 Cr.

ANTH 252, Human Ecology, 3 Cr.

BIOL 101*3, Environment and Society, 3 Cr.
BIOL 102*3, The Living World, 3 Cr.

BIOL 152*3, Organismal Diversity, 4 Cr.
CHEM 1053, Chemistry and the Environment, 3 Cr.

ENVE 2012, Introduction to Environmental Engineering, 3 Cr.

ETS 1858, Energy Resources and Issues, 3 Cr.

ETS 260, Introduction to Environmental Studies, 3 Cr.

ETS 363, Resource Management, 3 Cr.
ETS 3755, Society and the Environment, 3 Cr.

GEOG 106, People and the Planet, 3 Cr.
GEOG 372, Conservation of World Resources, 3  Cr.

HLTH 482, Environmental Health, 3 Cr.

HURL 3038, Global Social and Environmental Justice, 3 Cr.
PHIL 2139, Environmental Ethics, 3 Cr.

PHYS 2083, Energy and Environment, 3 Cr.
POL 453, Global Environmental Politics and Policies, 3 Cr.
PSY 2285, Conservation Psychology, 3 Cr.
SOC 2005, Environmental Sociology (Diversity), 3 Cr.





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