Environmental Studies

2014-15 Edition

Cascade Campus
Jackson Hall (JT), Room 210
971-722-5209

Rock Creek Campus
Building 7, Room 202
971-722-7257

Sylvania Campus
Health Technology Building (HT), Room 305
971-722-4225

Description

Environmental Studies is the interdisciplinary field that incorporates social sciences, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and geology in order to examine the interactions between human beings and the natural world. Environmental studies allows scientists and laypersons to understand the complex interaction between various organisms while also equipping policy-makers with important data to make critical decisions. Environmental Studies is important to a broad array of disciplines, from architecture to law to public health. Recent estimates show a growing demand in governmental, commercial, and industrial employment for professionals whose qualifications include environmental analytical skills.

Students explore environmental studies by enrolling in foundation classes in mathematics and the natural and social sciences. PCC offers students the opportunity to earn the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree to complete courses in preparation for a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or environmental science (if transferred to a four-year program at a college or university). Students must check the specific requirements of the bachelor’s program to which they intend to transfer. The opportunity to learn interdisciplinary skills allows students to customize their educational career goals while providing a solid foundation for future learning. For information regarding the Environmental Studies major transfer program, please contact the Environmental Studies office at Rock Creek at 971-722-7257.

Courses

ESR 140. Introduction to Environmental Sustainability. 4 Credits.

Introduces concepts of environmental sustainability and their applications. May include field trips. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ESR 141. Introduction to Individual Sustainability. 4 Credits.

Introduces the concept of sustainability at the individual scale. Develops an individual sustainability model by reviewing current models of sustainability used by businesses, communities, and governments. Addresses a wide range of topics at the individual level, including the built world, water and energy; transportation options; wise purchasing; sustainable agriculture and food choices; recycling and waste reduction; recreation and its effect on the environment; restoring natural environments; health and how it impacts the environment. Covers the core principles of sustainability (Ecology/environment, economy/employment, equity/equality, education). Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ESR 150. Environmental Studies Orientation. 1 Credit.

Serves to orient students to environmental information available through campus library and computer resources. Uses assignments aimed at gathering and summarizing information on academic preparation of environmental professionals. Audit available.

ESR 160. Intro to Environmental Systems. 4 Credits.

Introduces the structure and function of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems, including the human actions that affect them. Includes lab sections that introduce basic quantitative techniques for collecting and analyzing data from environmental systems. Prerequisite: ESR 150 (may be taken concurrently). Audit available.

ESR 171. Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives. 4 Credits.

Develops an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily biological in nature. Includes human population issues, matter and energy resources, ecosystems, environmental ethics, and food and land resources. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

ESR 172. Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives. 4 Credits.

Develops an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily chemical in nature. Includes air pollution, global warming, toxicology, risk assessment, water pollution, and hazardous waste. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

ESR 173. Environmental Science: Geological Perspectives. 4 Credits.

Develop an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily geological in nature. Includes geology basics, soil resources, hydrogeology, nonrenewable mineral and energy resources, perpetual energy resources, and solid waste. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Science, Math, Computer Science/AAOT, Science, Math, Computer Science/AS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AAS, Science, Math, Computer Science/AGS, Science, Math, Computer Science/ASOT-B.

ESR 201. Applied Environmental Studies: Science/Policy Consideration. 4 Credits.

Introduces environmental laws and the regulations promulgated under them. Includes examinations of the genesis of these laws (e.g. NEPAA, Clean Air and Water Acts, RCRA, Endangered Species Act) and their history of compliance and violation. Prerequisite: ESR 160. Audit available.

ESR 202. Applied Environmental Studies: Prep for Problem Solving. 4 Credits.

Includes environmental sampling, sampling design, and measurement in relation to the field experience. Prerequisite: ESR 160. Audit available.

ESR 203. Applied Environmental Studies: Project. 4 Credits.

Uses project work involving work with an environmental agency, industry, service or research organization. Prerequisite: ESR 202. Audit available.

ESR 204. Introduction to Environmental Restoration. 4 Credits.

Develops an understanding of the techniques and practices of environmental restoration using hands-on practice in the field. Includes riparian restoration and restoration in wetlands and upland ecosystems topics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and ESR 160 or BI 143. Audit available.

ESR 298. Special Topics: Environmental Science. 1-4 Credit.

Covers special topics, activities or projects in an area of environmental science not usually covered in depth in other environmental science courses. Audit available.