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PHS 101 - Earth Science

Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

This is a course which investigates the interrelationships of processes that occur on and within the earth. Concepts of physical science, ecology and geology are used to study environmental principles and issues of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and ecosphere.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Investigate principles and processes of physics, biology, chemistry, physical science and geology.
  2. Examine standard and alternative energy sources.
  3. Describe the properties of and the effects of pollution in air, land and water.
  4. Outline the relative relationship of global, community and personal health of air, land and water.
  5. Define the need for protection of global, community and personal health against pollution and hazardous waste materials.
  6. Apply concepts through laboratory experiments and field trips.
Listed Topics
  1. Environment Problems: Past Present and Future
  2. Environmental Regulations
  3. Earth’s Minerals, Rocks, Structure and Plate Tectonics
  4. Solid Waste Disposal
  5. Ecosystems/Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
  6. Species Evolution and Geologic Time
  7. Populations
  8. Standard and Alternative Energy Sources
  9. Properties of Water and Pollution
  10. Sewage and Water Treatment
  11. Properties of Air, Air Pollution and Treatment
  12. Hazardous Materials
  13. Environment and Human Health
  14. Abatement Modes and Personal Protection Re: Air, Land, Water, Hazardous Materials and Noise Pollution
Reference Materials
Required Textbook; Reference Textbooks; Hazardous Materials Guidebooks; Magazines, Internet, Radio and Television Re: Environmental Problems and Solutions; Handouts; Computer Pollution Simulations; Slides; Video Tapes.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 11/08/2006

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