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Catalog 2013-2014

Environmental Science

  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Course Number: NS205
  • Instructors: Adrian Owens
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

Environmental problems are a matter of scale, so this course focuses on quantitative measurements of human impacts to air, water, soil, and biota.  Converting those understandings to practical solutions highlights renewable energy and conservation.  Analysis techniques such as ecological foot-printing, carbon balance, lake profile sampling, hydro-electric potential, heat-loss and electrical usage calculations utilize fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and ecology.  Culminates with an independent audit project assessing local impact and testing solutions.