Link to the Outline for 375:518 Principles of Environmental Science in PDF format. (You can download/print if you wish.) .

                16:375:518 Principles of
              Environmental Science
Spring 2003, Friday 4:30, Rm 223 EnvSci Bldg

(You can actually find parking space in the front lot!)

    Dr. K. I. Keating, Prof. I
    Dept. Environmental Sciences

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"Lecture" Topics (Tentative-15 CD sets)

Lectures can be broken into three categories

    I. The Structure of the Global Ecosystem
    II. Identification and examination of environmental damage
    III. Global problems - currently exceeding the carrying capacity of our system

I. The Global Ecosystem -These topics are unlikely to undergo major changes. (4+ mtgs)
    1 - Introduction to the course. its structure, and its purpose

    2 - Ecology vs. Environmental Science: Distinctions and Similarities *
    3 - Maps! The basic structure of our world in human terms

    4 - Biogeochemistry 1: Structure *
    5 - Biogeochemistry 2: the Atmosphere

    6 - Biogeochemistry 3: the Lithosphere
    7 - Biogeochemistry 4: the Hydrosphere *

    8 - Biogeochemistry 5: the Biosphere (Taxonomy, Evolution)
    9 - Population Biology - Carrying Capacity - Why we will not continue "as is". *

II. Identification and examination of environmental damage - some changes may occur in this list from year to year as topics are reordered and combined. (4 mtgs)
    10 - History of Environmental Law and Policy
    11 - Agricultural problems - Biodiversity
    12 - Trace elements: toxics, minerals, nutrients *

    13 - Soil - loss, conservation*
    14 - Forests - loss, silvaculture

    15 - Toxicology, Bioassay - reality checks *
    16 - Risk assessment - reality vs. emotion

    17 - Mid Term

III. Global environmental problems - the list of known environmental problems of global,
or carrying capacity, impact is likely to increase as the years pass; thus, substitutions are
anticipated as topics are reordered and combined. (7 mtgs and exam)
    18 - the Waste problem (solid waste, sewage)

    19 - the Energy problem (alternatives)

    20 - the El nino/ENSO problem
    21 - the Ozone problem

    22 - the Global Warming problem

    23 - the Water Supply problem

    24 - the Population Problem

    25 - the Conservation of "our" ecosystem? (Sustainability?)

    26 - Final Exam

    * Probable discussion emphasis

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      Drinking water does not equal "water" nor does it even equal "freshwater". It must be "relatively" free of contaminants,
      biological or chemical, and it must be AVAILABLE.

    Sanpat,P. 2000. Groundwater Shock. World Watch 13(1)10-22.

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