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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 115L
Course Title: *Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement ENVS/BIOL 115. $40 laboratory fee. Cross-listed as BIOL 115L. Prerequisite: BIOL/ENVS 115 or concurrent enrollment. BIOL/ENVS 115 must be taken as a corequisite or completed before ENVS 115L can be used as G.E. credit. G.E.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL/ENVS 115 or concurrent enrollment.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Field and Laboratory Exercises in Environmental Science
By E.D. Enger, and B.F. Smith (McGraw-Hill)
A student handbook for Writing in Biology
By Knisely, Karin
Student Lab Notebook with Spiral Binding

Laboratory Manual for Environmental Science
By Travis P Wagner (Wiley)
Course Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory techniques of experimentation and measurement in environmental science
  • Write a comprehensive laboratory report using primary literature pertaining to a project applying the scientific method
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Ecological principles
  • Population and community ecology
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Resource issues - air, water, geology, energy
  • Environmental health

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peggy Wright Date: January 19, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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