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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:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

Environmental Issues
By R.L. McConnell and D.C. Abel (Prentice Hall)
Field and Laboratory Exercises in Environmental Science
By E.D. Enger, and B.F. Smith (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To apply the basic principles of ecology to real world issues.
  • To explore ecological and environmental topics in depth through discussion, critical analysis and experimentation.
  • To evaluate the role and impact of humans on natural systems.
  • Apply the scientific method through experimentation and research.

    Measurable Learning
  • Make a presentation using primary literature pertaining to a project applying the scientific method.
  • Write a paper using primary literature pertaining to a project applying the scientific method.
    Topical Outline:
  • Ecological principles
  • Population and community ecology
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Resource issues - air, water, geology, energy
  • Environmental health
  • Social, political, economic impacts and choices

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 24

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Nathan Means Date: August 27, 2014
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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