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Course logistics

Course materials

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:

Fall 2016 course schedule


Lesson topic(s)



15-Aug—19-Aug Introduction to environmental science 1 box lab (scientific method)
22-Aug—26-Aug Matter, energy, and ecosystems 2 pH
29-Aug—2-Sep Evolution, biodiversity, and population ecology 3 photosynthesis
5-Sep—9-Sep Species interactions and community ecology 4 climograph
12-Sep—16-Sep Environmental economics and policy 5 problem set
19-Sep—23-Sep Human population 6 Habitable Planet
26-Sep—30-Sep Soil, agriculture, and future food 7 soil texture
3-Oct—7-Oct Conservation biology 8 (COS Planning Day, no lab)
10-Oct—14-Oct Forests, forest management, and protected areas 9 forest edge effects
17-Oct—21-Oct Environmental health and toxicology 10 wastwater treatment
24-Oct—28-Oct Geology, minerals, and mining 11 mineral/rock identification
31-Oct—4-Nov Freshwater, oceans, and coasts 12 River Discharge
7-Nov—11-Nov Atmospheric science and air pollution 13 (Labor Day, no lab)
14-Nov—18-Nov Global climate change 14 Energy Budget Model
21-Nov—25-Nov Nonrenewable energy sources 15 (Thanksgiving, no lab)
28-Nov—2-Dec Renewable energy alternatives 16 coal property evaluation
5-Dec—9-Dec Managing our wastes 17 landfill siting exercise
12-Dec final exam, 8:00-9:50 AM all ---


Grades will be based on total scores for:

There will not be any alternate or "extra credit" assignments. The final grade will be computed from the total of 400 points and will be scored as follows: > 90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; and < 60% = F. The instructor reserves the right to adjust these percentages if such an adjustment is warranted by the distribution of scores in the class but under no circumstances will a student who earns <65% or fails to submit any of the writing assignments be assigned a "satisfactory" (A, B, or C) grade.

A student should expect to spend about 12 hours per week reading, taking notes on the text, working on their homework assignments, and preparing for exams. Preparation of the writing assignments will require about an additional 6-12 hours during the course of the semester.

Attendance, withdrawal, and incomplete policies

Regular participation and punctual submission of assignments are required for satisfactory completion of this course. Absences will be excused if the student: (1) notifies the instructor by email or phone, (2) schedules a time to make up the missed work before the next class session he or she attends, and (3) makes up the work as scheduled. If a student incurs more than six unexcused absences he or she will be dropped from the class. A student may withdraw before 18-Nov-2016 without receiving a grade, and is responsible for notifying the admissions and records office and completing all necessary forms. Arrangements for an incomplete must be made with the instructor, and an "I" will be granted only in the case of an unforeseen personal or family emergency.

Academic accomodations

Students have the right to request reasonable accommodations to college requirements, services, facilities, or programs if their documented disability imposes an educational limitation or impedes access to requirements, services, facilities, or programs. A student with a disability who would like to utilize accommodations is responsible for requesting necessary accommodations by identifying himself/herself to their instructor or the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) office located in Eddy Hall 101 (Building 94) on the Weed campus. The DSPS office phone number is 530-938-5297 and applications for services are also available on the website at http://www.siskiyous.edu/dsps/documents/application.pdf . Students who consult or request assistance from DSPS regarding specific accommodations will be required to meet timelines and procedural requirements established by the DSPS office.

Make-up policy for missed work

Writing assignments, midterm exams, daily clicker questions, and labs may be made-up if: (1) prior arrangements have been made with the instructor; and (2) they are completed before the next exam or before graded exercises are returned to the class (as appropriate). The final exam cannot be made up.

Late assignment policy

Writing assignments will be penalized 1 point for each class period they are late and will not be accepted after the graded assignments have been returned to the class.

Academic integrity

Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another as they discuss assignments, vote on daily clicker questions, and prepare for exams. I expect that a student will work independently, however, when he or she takes the individual parts of the exams and writes his or her outline and abstracts. If I find evidence that any students are not living up to this code of academic integrity (for example, because they submit identical or nearly identical writing assignments) I reserve the right to assign them a score of zero on the assignment or assignments in question.