ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM (PERS 2450 A,B)

Spring 2001

Instructor: Dr. Brad Bergstrom, 1107 Biology-Chemistry (-5770) bergstrm@valdosta.edu

Biol. Dept. -5759

Office Hours: MW 11-12, T 3:30-5, W 4-5; other times by appointment.

Primary Text: Miller, G.T., Jr. 1998. Sustaining the earth: an integrated approach. 3rd Ed.

Wadsworth. Belmont, CA. 338 pp.

Ancillary Text: Allen, J.L. ed. 2000. Environment 00/01. Annual Editions. Dushkin/McGraw-

Hill. Guilford, CT. 353 pp.

Purpose & Scope of Course: the course is designed to allow the student to become literate in the scientific (and to a lesser extent socio-economic and political) bases for human-caused environmental degradation. We will also explore, through lecture, readings, and class discussions, scenarios for the future and possible solutions to environmental problems.

GRADING

Lecture Tests: 4 70-point exams given on the following days:

Feb. 7, Mar. 5, Apr. 4, May 2 (Sect.A) or 4 (Sect.B; during Final Exam time @ 12:30).

These exams will follow mainly the Miller text and lecture notes...........……............... 280 pts

Attendance & Class Participation …………………………………………………… 25 pts

Presentation: each student will participate in a presentation-team on a Unit in Allen, which will

lead to class discussion ……………………………………………………….…..... 40 pts

[Extra credit (for participation in class discussions outside of assigned team).........…up to 20 pts]

[Extra credit (for written assignment on additional unit from Allen)………..........….up to 20 pts]

TOTAL 345 pts

[plus up to 40 E.C.]

LECTURE/DISCUSSION SCHEDULE

Week Topic Chapters

# in Miller:

1 Environmental Problems and Causes Preface, 1

2/3 Science, matter, energy, & ecology 2

3/4 Human population: size and distribution 3

5 Presentation Unit 1 (Global Environment: Feb. 14)

5/6 Presentation Unit 2 (World’s Population: Feb. 26); Energy; 4

7 Biodiversity: forests, parks, wilderness 5

Presentation Unit 3 (Energy: March 12)

8/9 Biodiversity: species in the wild 6

  1. Presentation Unit 4 (Endangered Species: March 21) 7

+ Assigned Readings

10 Biodiversity: soils and food 8

11 Air, Climate, Global Change 9

Presentation Unit 5 (Land and Water: April 11)

13 Water 10

+ Assigned Readings

14 Solid and Hazardous Waste 11

Presentation Unit 6 (Pollution: April 18)

15 Politics and Econonmics of Environment 12

Other Information

-Students are responsible for all assigned readings on exams. Exams will consist of a take-home essay portion (~20 pts.) TBA the class period before the exam; students are responsible for being in class and getting the assignment.

-From time to time, class information, messages, and some assignments will be posted on my Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/~bergstrm under "PERS 2450." An updated syllabus and presentation-team assignments will also be posted here.

-Attendance points (25) will be awarded based on regular, but possibly random, surveys. Participation points (15) will be subtracted for sleeping, tardiness, leaving early, or any disruptive behavior. Additionally, VSU Policies allow the instructor to fail any student who misses 20% or more of class time (see VSU Student Handbook, attendance policies).

-Please, no cell phones!

-Caps must be removed or worn backward during exams.

-An additional website to help you prepare for your presentations:

http://www.dushkin.com/

-Midterm date is Wednesday, February 28.

-According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, students with disabilities who require special assistance with any aspect of this course should register with the VSU Office of Special Services, Nevins Hall 1115, Phone 245-2498.