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SCI 371. Human Impact on Land and Life. 3 Credit Hours.

Having doubled in the last 40 years, the human population is requiring an increasing amount of natural resources while generating a substantial amount of waste and pollution that the environment can no longer absorb. It has been reported that human activities, such as land development and agriculture, have modified over 50% of the Earth’s land surface. We are also causing an extinction rate 1,000 – 10,000 times greater than the background extinction rate. This course covers environmental issues on land use, wildlife protection, and human health. Topics include toxicology, agriculture, forestry, urbanization, biodiversity decline, and sustainable solutions. Tools and techniques for problem solving and analysis will be emphasized. This course may be taken with a laboratory to fulfill the laboratory requirement.
Prerequisites: 200-level science course
Session Cycle: Spring
Yearly Cycle: Annual.