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ENV-1010-VU01 - Introduction to Environmental Science

Synonym: 163065
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 401
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 05:30P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 05-21-2018 to 08-13-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-09-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Trevien Stanger | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please see consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: Field trips required.

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Course Description:

This course is a multidisciplinary study of the interrelationship between living things and their environment. The fundamentals of biology, chemistry, geology, and energy flow are studied so that current environmental issues can be understood and discussed from a scientific perspective. Emphasis is placed on maintaining and restoring sustainable ecosystems.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explore concepts of ecology as they relate to environmental issues.
2. Explain the difference between energy flow and nutrient cycling through ecosystems.
3. Examine impacts of population changes on ecosystems, including issues of human population growth.
4. Analyze the role of atmospheric physics and chemistry as they relate to the biosphere.
5. Consider how humans affect marine, intertidal, and freshwater ecosystems.
6. Analyze the causes and effects of the major pollution issues (eutrophication, sewage, hazardous wastes, air pollution, acid rain, greenhouse warming and ozone depletion) and outline strategies to restore ecological balance.
7. Compare and contrast methods, impacts and sustainability of traditional and alternative energy.
8. Discuss land use principles as they relate to agriculture, forest and wildlife resources, water management and pest control.
9. Evaluate and compare the influence of science, economics, ethics and culture on environmental management.
10. Analyze environmental issues and solutions from a global, national, local and personal perspective.
11. Discuss laws and politics related to environmental science including the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol.
12. Research and establish educational, career, and professional goals related to the field of environmental science.


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ENV-1010-VU01 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Trevien Stanger
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jarod Waite


Textbook: Our textbook will be a FREE E-BOOK! 'What follows is a SAMPLE syllabus, to be updated for our Summer course:'

 What follows is a SAMPLE syllabus, to be updated for our Summer course:


Course Calendar (Tentative – Schedule is subject to change to meet course objectives) 



Homework Due:

1/28 – Introduction to the class and topics 


2/4 – Getting to Know This Place: The Geology of Vermont and Global Biodiversity 

  • Chapter 21 in Concepts of Biology 
  • Johnson 3 - 42 (available on Moodle)

2/11 - Evolution & Natural Selection 

  • Chapters 11 in Concepts of Biology
  • Quiz #1 

2/18 – Population & Community Ecology 

  • Chapters 19 & 20 in Concepts of Biology
  • Prepare for Mollie Klepeck presentation on invasive species

2/25 – Aquatic Ecology and the Lake Champlain Basin 

  • Review Aquatic Ecosystems PPT
  • Quiz #2

3/3 – State of the Lake 


  • Read Chapter 1 of Concepts of Biology
  • Read Wessels 
  • Choose, Visit, and Record Observation about your new Sit Spot
  • Watch Water Quality Video
  • Develop list of prior knowledge, questions & hypothesis of water quality in Alder Brook/Winooski River ––
  • Create 1 – 2 questions you have about the State of the Lake for James Elhers of Lake Champlain International

3/10 –

  • Sit Spot #1 and #2 assignment
  • Brainstorm ideas for research paper 

3/17 –  Midterm 

  • Last day to submit 1st reflective paper 
  • Prepare for mid-term 

3/24 - The Science of Climate Change  &  Globalization


3/31 - Sustainability in Action

  • Quiz #3 
  • Reading TBD
  • Submit Abstract for Research Paper 

4/7 – Energy 

  • Read Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan 
  • Watch Peak Oil 

4/14 – Local and Global Food Systems 

  • Watch Food Inc. 
  • Last day to submit 2nd reflective paper
  • Quiz #4

4/21 – Research paper presentations/ Submit research papers

  • Research papers due for all students; prepare for presentations

4/28 – Research paper presentations 

  • Prepare for research presentations

5/5 – Final

  • Submit Environmental Artifact assignment/presentation 






Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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