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Science 110: Environmental Science
The American Business School in Paris
Paris, France

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Science, Earth Science 100 English 3 45 N/A

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of environmental science – study of the environment of Earth, man’s effect on the environment and solutions to environmental problems. Special stress is laid on the management of the environment in industry and on the economic effects of environmental degradation and improvement.

At the end of the course the student should understand the scientific mechanisms of key environmental issues (air pollution, water quality, greenhouse effect, biodiversity…), the impact that man has on the environment and the ways individuals and industry can change the environment for the better or for the worse.

A site visit, project work and classroom debate is intended to develop critical thinking, enabling students to ask the right questions, identify key issues, make proposals for action and evaluate them.

Because of the amount of material to be covered, this class will be primarily a lecture class. Students will be expected to ask and answer questions concerning the material covered, however, and are therefore expected to prepare the chapters in advance. Subjects dealt with:

- environmental interrelationships; ecosystems
- water management & watersheds
- soil, agricultural methods, land-use planning
- energy issues
- solid waste management; hazardous materials
- air pollution; noise pollution
- risks, decision-making & policies
- environmental management

Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future, Wright, 11th edition, 2010.

The final grade will be made up of class participation and quizzes (10%), research projects (30%), a mid-term test (30%), and a final examination (30%).

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