Environment and Energy Concentration & Electives

Case Studies in Pollution
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

In the final advanced semester of the E&E rotations, students will apply the concepts and skills from previous courses to examine in-depth the chemical and biological impacts of pollution. Air pollution will be examined through case studies focusing on smog, acid deposition, and air toxics as students conduct experiments involving acid rain, particulate matter, and tropospheric ozone levels. Water pollution will focus on case studies highlighting thermal, nutrient, chemical, and sediment pollution and will involve experimentation on the impacts of each of these on biological systems. The solid waste issues of nuclear byproducts and waste stream management will be examined with projects on the energy use of recycling and waste management. Throughout the course, the students will focus on determining possible sustainable solutions for each issue and will examine pollutant alternatives or mitigations.

Earth Systems and Resources
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

This is the introductory class that will review students’ prior knowledge to the basic concepts of ecosystems, biosphere, geosphere, and energy. In-depth projects will extend student knowledge of atmospheric and oceanic circulations, global convection patterns and impacts, volcanology, seismology, and mineral use, extraction and processing.

Ecological Anthropology
Level: Final Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

This course provides an introduction to biological anthropology, including the environmental and evolutionary factors which led to homo sapien.  The course examines anthropology through the lens of genetics and evolutionary theory.  Various theories will be discussed, as well as the fossil and biologic evidence used to support each theory. Finally the effects of environmental pressures on the development of cultures and language will be discussed.

Ecology
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students outside of the Environment and Energy Concentration will incorporate art, literature, and journaling as they study the natural world around them focusing on trees and plants and animals. They will study population dynamics, environmental influences on populations, ecosystem structure, energy, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, and evolution.

Ecology- The Living World
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students will study ecosystem structure and interactions; energy flow; diversity, succession and evolution; natural ecosystem change; and biogeochemical cycles. Students will participate in inquiry and project-based instruction to develop foundational knowledge about their environment, and develop laboratory and analytical skill. This course is  taught in the fall semester so the outdoor learning environments of Schenley Park and SciTech’s gardens can be used to conduct experiments and collect ecological data.

Energy Resource and Consumption
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students will participate in a comprehensive study to compare and contrast the environmental, societal, and political impacts of various forms of energy, to include potential renewable energy options. Additionally, students will explore residential and industrial energy conservation opportunities.

Environmental Science
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students outside the Environment and Energy Concentration will be able to round out their science experience. They will be introduced to basic environmental science concepts, focusing on: Humans in the environment, resources, environmental concerns, environmental laws, economics, and ethics, human health and environmental toxicology, population change, addressing population issues, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable energy and conservation, water, soil, minerals, biological diversity, pollution, and climate change.

Global Change
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students will study the interconnected and interrelated systems that provide for the current lifestyle of humans. Through food and waste systems, students will learn the difference between a sustainable and non-sustainable system and how they impact climate and biodiversity through the concept of Ecological Footprint. Students will gain an appreciation of the processes involved with our food system by creating and maintaining a school garden.

Introduction to Environmental Science
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students outside the Environment and Energy Concentration will be able to round out their science experience. They will be introduced to basic environmental science concepts.

Land & Water Use
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students will explore the ways in which humans utilize land and water for various resources and the environmental impacts of these efforts, along with experiments that investigate the impacts of soil erosion, nutrient pollution, and crop management techniques. The impact of agriculture, livestock operations, fisheries, and food processing will be examined through the lens of nutrient cycles, biodiversity loss, genetic engineering and pest management. Additional uses of land will also be examined through forestry management techniques and impacts, mineral extraction and processing, and the alteration of environments through urbanization. This course is taught in the spring in order to utilize SciTech’s garden for experimentation on agricultural methods.

World Population and Environmental Economics
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Students will study general population dynamics and associated issues with human population growth. Continued study will explore global economics impacted by environmental policy and practices.

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