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Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability Canvas Commons Course

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Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability Canvas Commons Course SUS 102 General Description: This course serves to introduce students to the science behind critical environmental debates and the biological basis of creating and maintaining sustainable ecosystems. This course focuses on critical thinking skills to assess such questions as: how do we decide what to believe about environmental issues? How do we predict trends in population growth, or climate change? How do we calculate and understand uncertainty in these predictions? Should people eat lower on the food chain? How are human activities linked to the phosphorus and nitrogen cycles, and pollution and eutrophication? How can fisheries be made to be more sustainable? How can we quantify and value biodiversity? Can we restore “natural” ecosystems and should wolves be re-established in the west? What is valid science in the global warming debate? Learning outcomes Upon completion of this course students should have the ability to: • Recognize and apply concepts and theories of population biology to interdisciplinary fields such as conservation ecology; • Apply principles of evolutionary dynamics and ecosystem biogeochemistry to understand and predict effects of pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides, or acid rain on ecosystems; • Effectively debate and evaluate scientific arguments behind such diverse fields as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or organic vs. conventional farming; • Interpret data critically, and understand uncertainty in scientific data and model prediction in such diverse fields as nitrogen saturation and global climate change; • Calculate carbon footprint, water footprint of human activities • Develop an awareness of the responsibilities of professional scientists.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Kate Lajtha

Environmental Science Fall 2020 OER Folder

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This folder currently includes Environmental Science: People to Know Lab, Environmental Science: Ethnobotany Lab, and Example: Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany: Native Plants & Their Uses Slides for ESR 171 Fall 2020. ESR 171 Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives Covers environmental topics that are primarily biological in nature, including ecosystem functions, biodiversity, human population issues, agricultural practices, and environmental ethics. Laboratory exercises illustrate these topics and may include fieldwork.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Taryn Oakley

Human Genetics Open Pedagogy Lesson Plan

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Human Genetics Open Pedagogy Lesson Plan BI 222 Human Genetics Description Presents the fundamentals of human genetics. Includes physical basis of inheritance, the mechanics of inheritance, probability, sex chromosomal abnormalities, autosomal anomalies, gene structure and function, molecular genetics, behavioral genetics, twinning and contemporary issues in human genetics.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Michelle Huss

Principals of Biology: Identifying Organisms Using A Key, And Introduction To Phylogenies

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Principals of Biology: Identifying Organisms Using A Key, And Introduction To Phylogenies BI 212 Principles of Biology Description Includes inheritance, the genetic code, modern and classical genetics, evolution, diversity, and systematics. May include some dissection of plants and animals. The second course in a three-course sequence for students majoring in biology and the sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, chiropractic, pharmacy, and related fields

Material Type: Module, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Jan Just

Biology 213 - Video Assignment

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Students research a biology topic, present their discoveries to each other for peer review, create a short video explaining the topic, and decide how to share their video publicly. With this assignment, students will have an opportunity to dive into one of the many aspects and concepts of biology in greater depth. They will have an opportunity to choose a topic they are interested in (list of possible topics provided, adaptable for others), and research the how/why/when of the topic. They will then present their findings first in a written format (a preliminary informative essay), to serve as a guide for their video production. After discussion and peer review, they will create short videos that explain the topic to the general public. Teaching this topic in a creative way will solidify their own knowledge. They will also become familiar with many aspects of video editing, and grapple with putting their creations into the world.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Mabry