May 23, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENV 131 - Environmental Science with Lab


Course Description: An interdisciplinary course in ecological environmental education designed to develop an understanding and awareness of our environment, how the environment can change and the effects of such change. The course explores the role which humans play in causing environmental change and the underlying values and ethical judgments involved in making choices. The course also includes a study of the structure and function of ecosystems, energy, and the examination of selected environmental problems. The lab sections will investigate alternative energy, environmental monitoring, and the influences of human populations on ecosystems. 3 hours lecture/2 hours laboratory
Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENG 101; and eligible for MAT 080, Math Module 70 or 80.
General Education Elective(s): Science
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate the underlying reasons for differences, both real and perceived, between developed and developing countries with respect to causes, impacts, and possible solutions or compromises relative to issues of population growth, resource depletion, energy production and use, loss of biodiversity, pollution and waste production and  disposal.
  • Analyze statements made in support of various hypotheses and theories regarding the environment for opinion and/or bias to defend reasons for agreeing with or rejecting those statements. 
  • Evaluate controversial issues regarding the environment from different perspectives to defend a position. 
  • Draw conclusions by analyzing data from constructed or provided graphs and charts.
  • Communicate ideas regarding the environment to others clearly and succinctly using relevant supporting evidence.
  • Apply information learned in the course to new situations to develop or enhance critical thinking skills.

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