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ENV 107 - Fundamentals of Water Science and Pollution


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Co-requisites: BIO 133  

Description
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of water, water pollution and control. Students gain a basic understanding of the fundamental aspects of water, such as the water cycle, properties of water, water chemistry and the role water plays on Earth. Sources of water pollution and its effects on water ecosystems are discussed along with ways to prevent, reduce or control pollution in both surface and ground water. An introduction to the Clean Water Act and the historical events that led up to it provide students with an understanding of water issues around the world. The impact of climate change on water ecosystems is also introduced.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the basic characteristics of water.
  2. Identify differences among water ecosystems (lakes, oceans, ground, etc).
  3. Describe the physical, chemical and biological properties of water.
  4. Define the types and causes of water pollution and the impact on water ecosystems.
  5. Identify the laws and local/state regulations pertinent to water quality and pollution reduction/prevention.
  6. Summarize climate change and its effect on water quality and accessibility.
  7. Analyze water conservation efforts around the globe.
Listed Topics
  1. Water chemistry
  2. Biological components of water
  3. Water ecosystems
  4. Sources and types of pollution
  5. Climate change
  6. Clean Water Act and other pertinent regulations
Reference Materials
Textbook or OER
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/13/2020


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