Syllabus for Biology 105 – Environmental Science - Winter 2019
Instructor: Alex Jouney, MS
Location: KHS 1121 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 – 10:50AM
Course description and objectives: The field of Environmental Science examines the relationship between you and the environment, and tries to quantify our collective impacts, both positive and negative, on this environment. Env. Sci. also recognizes that we are part of that natural system and that all of our goods and services, and therefore our very well-being are derived from this relationship. This course is designed to help you become aware of this relationship; to give you the tools necessary to measure not only your personal impact on the environment, but to also allow you to make informed decisions related to the world in which we live for the rest of your lives. It is my wish that this course will change your life in significant and meaningful ways. As the Dalai Lama says, "It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live."
1. To provide you with a scientific background in ecology and environmental science, including terms and concepts, necessary to become informed citizens.
2. To increase your critical thinking skills specifically related to environmental issues that span science, politics, and economics.
3. To assess and identify sources of information where environmental science is regularly debated.
4. Finally, to refine your writing and discussion skills.
Kindschi Hall of Science 2290b
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11AM-2PM, or by appointment.
Don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. I love to answer questions, in—or outside of class! If you can’t make it during “official” office hours, let me know and I’ll set something up that fits your schedule. FYI: you can get free tutoring help available from Academic Support services, and free writing help available from the Writing Center. If there are any students in this class who have special needs because of learning or physical disabilities, please contact Disabilities Support Services (DSS), at 616-331-2490.
Withgott, J., and Laposata, M. Environment: the science beyond the stories, 6th ed. Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ. (required).
*** This can be an expensive book, check online first for digital copies!
Your grade for the class will be assessed in four ways; (1) three lecture exams and one cumulative final exam, (2) multiple quizzes, (3) in-class assignments, and (4) class participation. All assignments are due at the beginning of class; 10% will be deducted from your score for each calendar day your assignments are late. Grades will be calculated as weighted means using the following scale (100-93% = A, 92-90% = A-, 89-87% = B+; 86-83% = B, etc.). The approximate...