ES 10 – Fall 2013
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEYou are responsible for becoming familiar with all the information on this syllabus.
. Other times may be arranged – just contact us.
Instructor/ Phone / Email / Office Hours
David Schwartz / 479-6495 / / MW 11-12, Th 9-10am, Fri arrange in 705 / 705C
Nicole Crane / 479-5094 / / M 9:30-11am, Tu 11-12, W 10:30-11am, Th 11:30-12, F12:10-12:50pm in 620
Subject / Covers the physical, biological, chemical and human systems that constitute the earth's
environment. Topics include geological processes, natural resources, climatology, population biology,
ecosystems, biodiversity, biochemistry and the chemistry of pollution. Includes an analysis of how
human behavior and institutions affect the environment. Learning outcomes: 1. Assess local and global
environmental resources and explain the scientific concepts and methods for investigating them.
2. Evaluate current and historic environmental issues, analyze their causes, and investigate solutions to
better understand human-environmental dynamics.
& Text / Student progress is assessed on two midterms and a comprehensive final exam. All exams are multiple-choice. Bring a ParSCORE scantron (large orange sheet) and a #2 pencil to each exam.
Out of a possible 400 points, scores of 360 points or more earn an A, 320-359 earn a B, 280-319 earn a C, 240-279 earn a D, and scores below 240 earn an F.
Extra-credit projects can add up to 20 points to your course grade.
The required textbook is at the bookstore — Cunningham & Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 7thed customized, from $57 to~$72. A copy will be available on reserve in the library (GE105.C 865 2011). On the back of this page you’ll see the reading assignments from instructors’ websites and the text.
Staying Current / We have a strong support system of three instructors for you. If you don’t understand something, ask in class, after class, in office hours, or by phone or email – don’t wait. Compose answers to the study questions and show them to your instructors for feedback. Talk with your instructors about your progress or difficulties.
Absences / Attendance is required at all class meetings. If you cannot attend a class, it is a good idea to call or email the instructor whose class you are missing. We expect you to borrow someone’s notes and consult your instructors with any questions you have on the material. You are substantially less likely to pass this course if you miss the lectures.
Disabilities / If you need accommodations, contact David Schwartz ASAP. Accommodations are provided to insure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. If you need assistance with an accommodation, please contact Disabled Student Programs and Services, Room 810, 479-6379, or the Learning Skills Program, Room 1073, 479-6220.
Integrity / Those who cheat, and those who make it possible for others to cheat, will receive zeroes.
Environmental Science 10 Schedule Fall 2013DATE / Class # / TOPIC / PERSON / TEXT & LINKS
9/3 T / 1 / Intro / Environmental Problems / DS & NC / Instructor websites
9/5 TH / 2 / The Science Process & World Views / NC / Chap. 1, NC website
9/10 T / 3 / Human Nature & Population Growth / NC / Chap. 4, NC website
9/12 TH / 4 / Science of Global Climate / NC / Chap 9, 9.1-9.5, pg. 238
9/17 T / 5 / Geologic Processes & Hazards / DS / Chap 11, DS website
9/19 TH / 6 / Geologic Processes & Hazards / DS / Chap 11, DS website
9/24 T / 7 / Rock Cycle, Minerals & Soil / DS / Chap 11, DS website
9/26 TH / 8 / Environmental Chemistry / NC / Chap. 2, NC website
10/1 T / 9 / MIDTERM I - 100 pts / ParSCORE scantron, #2 pencil
10/3 TH / 10 / Economies and Resource Use / SH / p. 29, SH website
10/8 T / 11 / Agriculture and Food Resources / NC / Chap 7, NC website
10/10 TH / 12 / Water Resources / DS / Chap 10, DS website
10/15 T / 13 / Water Resources / DS / Chap 10, DS website
10/17 TH / 14 / Water Resources and Desalination / RD* / Chap 10, SH website
10/22 T / 15 / Water Resources and Pollution / DS / Chap 10, DS website
10/24 TH / 16 / Marine Debris / CR / Chap 3, NC website
10/29 T / 17 / Ecology Part I / NC / Chap 3, NC website
10/31 TH / 18 / Ecology Part II / NC
11/5 T / 19 / MIDTERM II - 125 pts / ParSCORE scantron, #2 pencil
11/7 TH / 20 / Regional Climate & Biomes / JC* / Chap 9.1, Chap 5,JC website
11/12 T / 21 / Management Strategies / NC / Chap. 6, NC website
11/14 TH / 22 / Timber Resources & Policy / NH* / 6.1, NC website
11/19 T / 23 / Nonrenewable Energy Resources I / DS / 12.1-12.3, DS website
11/21 TH / 24 / Nonrenewable Energy Resources II / DS / 12.1-12.3, DS website
11/26 T / 25 / Nonrenewable Energy Resources III / DS / 12.1-12.3, DS website
12/3 T / 26 / Conservation Biology Guest Lecture / Guest / NC website
12/5 TH / 27 / The Clean Ocean’s Project / HH* / DS website
12/10 T / 28 / Conservation Biology / NC / Chap 5,6 NC website
12/12 TH / 29 / Special Topics / Covered on Final Exam
12/19 TH / 30 / Comprehensive Final - 165 pts / 1-3:50pm / ParSCORE scantron, #2 pencil
Instructors: DS = David Schwartz NC = Nicole Crane
*Guest speakers: JC = John Carothers RD = Ron Duncan CR = Chris Reeves SH = Sue Holt
NH = Nadia Hamey KN = Kelly NewtonHH = Homer Holm
EXTRA CREDIT OPTION; Community Activity + Short Report: 10 points each, students can do up to two projects, 20 point maximum. Anyone enrolled in ES 10 may choose to do the “Community Activity + Short Report” project. Upon successful completion of one project, 10 extra points will be added onto your final score. You will need to perform at least 3 to 4 hours per project doing some type of community activity to earn 10 points. This activity must be verified and followed up with at least a half-page summary explaining the experience and relating it to the class. The following are examples of projects and/or groups who you might work with: attending the Oceanography 10 Bi-Annual Coastal Cleanup, attending related seminars or going out to sea, working with Save Our Shores, Surfrider Foundation, The Coastal Watershed Council (CWC), Department of Fish and Game, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Long Marine Lab and CSUMB. We encourage other ideas but all endeavors need to be approved by the Instructors before the work begins. The 1/2-page summary report is due two weeks (or sooner) after completion of the project. All Community Activity reports must be “Typed” (not hand written).