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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
I. COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE:
BIOL 1040 – Environmental Studies
III. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed to acquaint the student with fundamental aspects of the earth’s ecosystems
and environments, and the ways that they have been impacted by humans. Ecosystems responses
to natural disturbances will be juxtaposed and anthropogenic stresses. Biological, social,
economic, technical, and political issues will be discussed relative to environmental concerns.
Emphasis will be placed on the ecosystems such as wetlands, coastal environments, swamps,
coral reefs, and upland areas including the pinelands and hardwood hammocks.
The student will learn basic ecological principles, the sources and impacts of pollution, and the
role of politics in environmental decision-making. The role and responses of the individual in
environmental policy will be emphasized. Your role and responses of the individual in
contemporary society will be scrutinized from short and long-term perspectives. In particular,
energy water and solid waste issues will be examined.
IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The goal of this course is to improve the student’s ability to understand and critically examine
ecological issues from a local, regional, and global perspective. Each student will learn the
fundamental concepts of ecology and their application to life on our planet. You will be
encouraged to scrutinize personal and societal involvement in their environmental change.
V. REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Environmental Science, Daniel D. Chiras, 4
Additional material (e.g., photocopies) will be provided as necessary