Course Outline

Unit 1: Intro to Environmental Science

·         Scientific Method

·         Earth’s resources

·         Environmental Issues

·         Principles of sustainability

·         Ecological  Footprint

 

 

Unit 2: Ecosystems

·         Energy in an ecosystem

·         Matter in an ecosystem: nutrient cycles

·         Biodiversity

·         Soil  Formation

·         Importance of soil and soil profiles

·         Soil Biodiversity - invertebrates

 

Unit 3: Forestry Resources

·         Forestry

·         Types of trees

·         Tree  harvesting

·         Importance of fires

·         Sustaining Terrestrial biodiversity –parks & preserves

·         Terrestrial Biodiversity

 

Unit 4: Water Resources

·         Importance of water

·         Freshwater Resources

·         Water Issues

  • Aquatic Biodiversity:  Michigan’s  Fish
  • Fish Anatomy – perch dissection
  • Fish physiology