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Robert B. Harrison
ESC 110
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Environmental Science

Covers the importance of the environment in society with particular emphasis on worldwide distribution and uses of resources, the role of natural and man-made environments, and causes of environmental degradation. Introduces ethics of conservation and recycling. Offered: AWSpS.

Class Description

ESC110 is designed primarily as an elective to meet the Natural World (NW) and/or Individuals and Society (I&S) requirement. Depending on the amount of written work, students may also earn "W" credit. There is no pre-requisite except an interest in the Environment. However, we will give students a broad exposure to Environmental Science, ranging from the general structure of the earth and how it works to issues like biological diversity, pollution and global warming. Case examples range from local to global environmental issues. This is a fun course for students and the instructor, and we think we will change your present opinion of environmental science.

Lectures will be downloaded from the web and studied, and reading done according to the syllabus available at: Students will participate in an on-line discussion of environmental issues.

Recommended preparation

No preparation is necessary, but you might want to look at the text, talk to me (, or visit the web site

to see if the course interests you.

Class Assignments and Grading

Reading assignments will be given as well as an optional student project.

75% exams (highest 2 of 3 exams given), 25% internet discussion

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Robert B. Harrison
Date: 02/24/2005