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Environmental Sciences Courses

ENV 100 (3-0-3)

Introduction to Environmental Science

This one-semester course introduces students to environmental concepts and issues. The course covers environmental issues and controversies from ecological, biological, social, economic, ethical and governmental policy positions. In addition, the course emphasis is placed on the tools and techniques needed to understand and analyze environmental topics such as energy, solid waste, food production, resource depletion, air and water issues and global climate change. 
PR: High School Algebra or MAT 128

ENV 105 (0-2-1)

Environmental Science Laboratory

This course enables students to apply the theories introduced in ENV 100: Introduction to Environmental Science. Students apply these theories through a combination of laboratory and applied learning activities. It introduces students to topics such as energy and land usage, solid waste, water and air issues, and climate change, as they are applicable to the Capital Region and Mohawk River watershed. Note: This laboratory portion, taken concurrently with ENV 100, is for students whose program requires a 4-credit science lab course or for transfer purposes, but do not intend to major in a physical science or mathematics.

ENV 195 (3-0-3)

Oceanography in the Age of Climate Change

This course gives the non-science major a multi-disciplinary understanding of the human-ocean relationship and how Global Climate Change is affecting the geological, chemical, and biological aspects of the world’s oceans. Topics include changes in the ocean temperatures, salinity, acidity, and sea-level rise and their impact upon ocean dynamics, weather, seashore erosion, fisheries, and marine biodiversity, as well as human geopolitics and economics. Discussions include consequences of global warming and marine pollution. Students examine, critique, and analyze these topics using the scientific method and disciplinary approaches from a scientific, social, political, and economic perspective.