ENVR1310 Environmental Issues

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goals 3 & 10 - Natural Sciences & People & the Environment. This is an introductory course in Environmental Issues. The course reviews the fundamentals of environmental science and the concept of sustainability, stressing the problems of unsustainable use of natural resources and the devaluing earths life support systems. The class emphasizes a sustainability approach to identify solutions that incorporate positive actions, beginning with individuals and then incorporating approaches from countries and regions. Perspectives on a variety of local, regional, and national environmental issues are addressed, while also emphasizing comprehensive coverage of worldwide resource and environmental issues. During the face-to-face meetings, the students will individually and collectively engage in field and laboratory research projects and address selected environmental topics through debates, presentations, and critical thinking evaluations. The students will be evaluating viewpoints from individuals, debating the hot topic environmental challenges of the day, as well as weighing the complexities of environmental issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Goal Area 3:

  • Synthesize and evaluate information and data sets that form the basis of scientific theory
  • Demonstrate mathematical and scientific reasoning abilities while engaging in research and critical thinking activities
  • Communicate effectively in interpersonal and group presentations settings
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of human and ecosystem diversity and be able to adopt and practice an environmental stewardship ethic
  • Conduct scientific research
  • Collect, record, and analyze data, and report research conclusions, orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration abilities while conducting research
  • Present environmental issues orally and in writing
    Goal Area 10:
  • Demonstrate the impact of economic conditions and political change on human interactions with their environment
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written material
  • Demonstrate the ability to present environmental issues orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize, analyze, record and draw conclusions from scientific data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate and justify innovative solutions to environmental challenges
  • Practice effective oral communication in interpersonal, group and public settings
  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration in group settings


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other