Intro Environmental Science Notes

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Environmental Science
|What is ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, and why should we care?? | |The goal of the Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to | |understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to | |evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. | |  | |Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study.  Yet there are several major| |unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.  The following themes | |provide a foundation for the structure of the Environmental Science course. | |  | |1.  Science is a process. | |Science is a method of learning more about the world. | |Science constantly changes the way we understand the world. | |2.  Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.  | |Energy cannot be created; it must come from somewhere....
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