BIO 1020, Introduction to Environmental Science, is an introductory lab science course geared to introducing students to thinking about an accessible science that impacts each of us and that we hear about every day.
This course requires students to read portions of text in addition to attending lecture, along with weekly readings from a variety of media sources. Homework consists of answering questions about readings, creating summaries and syntheses of material, and a few short papers or presentations. Labs are conducted each week and brief lab reports or assignments are required for most labs. Take home quizzes are given roughly every other week and three to four hourly exams will be given in class over the course of the semester. The lowest quiz grade is dropped. The final exam is comprehensive and allows students to replace earlier exam grades with higher grades from corresponding sections of the final exam.
The course will use Kaufmann and Cleveland's "Environmental Science 2015" as a text. This book is available as an e-book or in hard copy.
A word about resources for this course
For each section of the course (often a chapter) I'll post a variety of resources that you may find helpful. Whether you use them is up to you.
The Cornell note-taking system is a powerful method of taking and reviewing lecture notes that aims to help you review notes and prepare for exams.You'll find some useful videos on YouTube. Here's a good detailed explanation of the Cornell method. And this video compares five common note-taking methods.
Yale's Environment 360
Environmental News Network
The Nature Conservancy (VT)
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Vermont Atlas of Life
Vermont Dept Enviro Conservation
VTDigger.org, environmental coverage