ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science 1

This course explores basic concepts in ecology and chemistry to help understand current problems that challenge sustainability such as human population growth, atmospheric problems, agriculture, and northern contaminants.

Environmental Science 100 is specifically designed for students who are not pursuing a science program but who wish to learn more about the physical and biological processes that shape our environment. Our planet, and its living and non-living parts, makes up the biosphere, which itself is a complex web of interactions. We investigate these interrelationships by studying the underlying processes in terms of their biology and chemistry. 

The course has two goals. First to explain some of the basic concepts in ecology and chemistry and secondly to show how these concepts can help understand four or five of the critical problems facing our world: the size and growth rate of the world's population, atmospheric problems (global warming, thinning of the ozone layer and acid precipitation) and sustainability of the world's agricultural and forestry industry. Yukon and Canadian examples illustrate concepts.

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instruction
InstitutionYukon University
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ECTS credits6.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBiology and biochemistryPhysical science (others)Natural environments and wildlifeEnvironmental protection (others)
Teaching placeAyamdigut campus, Whitehorse
Tagsenvironmental scienceenvironmental science
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