Syllabus, Fall 2011

Introduction to Environmental Science

11:375:101, section 01, index no. 20966 3 credits

 

Time:              Monday and Wednesday, 5th period, 3:55 pm to 5:15 pm

Place:              Room 022, Loree Hall, Cook/Douglass

 

Course Website: All lecture notes and homework assignments will be posted on an eCompanion website.  Go to https://ecollege.rutgers.edu/index2.jsp and follow the instructions to login.

 

Textbook: available for purchase at the University Bookstore

 

Environment: The Science behind the Stories 4rd edition, by Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan, 2011, Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, New York. (ISBN: 978-0-321-71534-0).  An electronic version of the book is available for purchase at www.prenhall.com/withgott .

 

Instructors:    Dr. Craig Phelps, 732-932-9800 x6224

                        Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Bldg., Room 236

                        e-mail:  phelps@envsci.rutgers.edu

                        Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and by appointment

 

                        Dr. Peter F. Strom, 732-932-9800 ext. 6216

                        Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Bldg., Room 228

                        e-mail:  strom@aesop.rutgers.edu

                        Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.; and by appointment

 

Note:  For all e-mails, please include “ES101” in the subject line, and give your full name.

 

Objectives of the Course

        It is our goal to introduce the field of environmental science and show how an understanding of the natural world around us and the application of the scientific method can help us to address the problems facing our planet.  Our specific objectives are to:

1.      Introduce a variety of environmental problems, and solutions, in a scientific context.

2.      Enable students to understand environmental issues using a scientific approach.

3.      Improve basic scientific literacy.

       

SAS Core Curriculum Learning Goals

 

I:   21st Century Challenges

                c. Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to contemporary social issues.

II:  Areas of Inquiry

        A: Natural Sciences

               e. Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical and biological sciences.

               f. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.


 

 

Requirements:

1.  Three exams:  Exam 1, 80 pts.; Exam 2, 90 pts.; Exam 3, 90 pts.

2.  Homework Assignments (5):  10 pts. each.  Late assignments will receive only ½ credit.

                  #1 - GraphIt! Quiz: An Introduction to Graphing                              Due     Sept. 21st

                  #2 - GraphIt! Quiz: Age Pyramids and Population Growth               Due     Oct. 12th

                  #3 - GraphIt! Quiz: Dose – Response Curves                                   Due     Nov. 2nd

                  #4 - GraphIt! Quiz: Fossil Fuels and Alternative Energy                   Due     Nov. 21st

                  #5 - GraphIt! Quiz: Municipal Solid Waste Trends in the U.S.         Due     Dec. 12th

 

  1. Total class points = 310
  2. Class participation:  up to 10 pts. (extra credit)
  3. Extra Credit: approved 10 hour environmental volunteer experience, 10 points

 

 

Attendance:  Students are expected to attend all classes (although attendance is not recorded); if you expect to miss a significant number of classes, please use the University absence reporting website https://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the dates and reason for your absence.  An email will be automatically sent to me.

 

Please note:  If you miss a class, you are responsible for all materials, including announcements.  Arrange (now!) with a classmate to pick up any handouts and take notes for you.  There will be no make-up exams without an acceptable excuse.

 

Special Needs:  Students with a disability: please see us immediately so that we may make any necessary arrangements to support a successful learning experience.

 

 


 

Tentative Class Schedule

(subject to change; check website)

 

Date

Day

Topic

No.

Instructor

Reading*

Sep

7

W

Introduction

1

CP + PS

--

 

8

Th

Science and Sustainability

2

CP

1

 

12

M

Earth’s Physical Systems

3

CP

2

 

14

W

Systems and Ecosystems I

4

CP

5

 

19

M

Systems and Ecosystems II

5

CP

5

 

21

W

Ethics and Economics

6

PS

6

 

26

M

Environmental Policy

7

PS

7

 

28

W

NJ Policy / Brownfields

8

Guest

see website

 

30

F

Opt. Review (022 Lor, 3:55-5:15 p.m.)

-

--

--

Oct

3

M

Exam 1 – covering classes 1-8

9

--

--

 

5

W

Human Population

10

CP

3(63-70), 8

 

10

M

Biotechnology and the Future of Food

11

CP

10

 

12

W

Forest and Wilderness

12

CP

12

 

17

M

The Urban Environment

13

CP

13

 

19

W

Toxicology I

14

CP

14

 

24

M

Toxicology II

15

CP

14

 

26

W

Potable Water

16

PS

--

 

31

M

Wastewater Treatment

17

PS

--

Nov

2

W

Environmental Health

18

Guest

--

 

4

F

Opt. Review (022 Lor, 3:55-5:15 p.m.)

-

--

--

 

7

M

Exam 2 – covering classes 10-18

19

--

--

 

9

W

Freshwater Resources I

20

PS

15

 

14

M

Freshwater Resources II

21

PS

15

 

16

W

Marine Resources

22

CP

16

 

21

M

Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution I

23

PS

17

 

28

M

Atmospheric Science and Air Pollution II

24

PS

17

 

30

W

Global Climate Change

25

Guest

18

Dec

5

M

Fossil Fuels

26

CP

19

 

7

W

Energy Alternatives

27

CP

20-21

 

12

M

Solid Waste Management

28

PS

22

 

 

 

Opt. Review (TBA)

-

--

--

 

23

F

Exam 3 – 12:00 p.m.; classes 20-28

-

Lor 022

 

 

* You are welcome to read the entire book; the indicated chapters (pages) usually relate to the topic that will be covered in class that day, and should be read beforehand, if possible.