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Environmental Science


Spring 2019
January 7 - May 2, 2019
Environmental Science
NSC 22304
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Professor:  Dr. Linda Sigismondi
Phone:      740 245-7484
Email:       lindas@rio.edu
Office:      Kidd Hall 100B
Office Hours: MW 11:30 - 1:00, T 1:30 - 2:30, R 12:00 - 1:00 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes the impact of humans on the environment. The course begins with a study of the structure and function of ecosystems. Then various environmental problems are examined including population growth, food supply, energy issues, water issues, air pollution, extinction, solid waste disposal, and hazardous materials. Students examine how culture and technology affect environmental policies. Students also do several group activities that require value judgments and decision-making about environmental issues.


Section 1:  Lecture: MW 1:00 - 2:15, Lab: R 1:00 - 2:50

Section 2: Lecture MW 2:30 - 3:45, Lab T 2:30 - 4:20




Neff, Jason. 2015. REVEL – A Changing Planet.  ISBN-13 9780134081175 Register at: https://console.pearson.com/enrollment/al6dhz


Sigismondi, L. 2019.  Environmental Science Lab Manual. Spring 2019.

Course Webpage. http://www.rio.edu/lindas/Environmental-Science.cfm


  1. Use appropriate critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics and science, analytical ability, problem-solving capacity, and the use of the scientific method.

COURSE OUTCOMES:  Upon completion of this course students are expected to:

  1. Understand what the environment is and how it works in terms of basic principles of biology, chemistry and physics.
  2. Understand the relationships between humans and the environment.
  3. Understand major environmental problems including their causes and consequences.
  4. Understand possible solutions to environmental problems and their pros and cons.
  5. Be able to make informed decisions in regards to your health and other aspects of your life.


Classroom Behavior:  Students are expected to behave professionally and respectfully at all times.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism refers to copying and passing off another’s work as one’s own. It includes copying information from published sources such as books, journals and webpages without appropriate citations. It also includes copying the work of another student.  All students in the class are expected to do their own work. Two (or more) students should not submit the same paper even if they worked together. Plagiarized work will receive a zero.

Late Papers: Students are expected to turn in all labs, activities and assignments on time.  Occasionally, it may be necessary to take a lab or activity home to finish. If so, the completed lab/activity is to be turned in the next class day. Any late material will lose 10% per class day.



ADA POLICY: If a student wishes to be identified as having a physical, mental, or learning disability, that may or may not require reasonable accommodation(s), he/she must register with the Office of Accessibility.  These registered students should identify themselves to their instructors and provide a written statement from the Accessibility Office that indicates the appropriate accommodations.  The process of a student self-proclaiming the need for accommodation should occur as early in the semester as possible.  The Office of Accessibility is located in Rhodes Hall, Room 116, University of Rio Grande, (740) 245-7339.

FERPA:  The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College are committed to fully respecting and protecting the rights of students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These rights generally include the right to inspect, review and seek amendment to the student's education records and the right to provide written consent before personally identifiable information from education records is disclosed.  Under FERPA, students have the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with FERPA.  Please see the Student Records Confidentiality/ Rights Under FERPA section of the Student Handbook for details and more information.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:  Standard university policies, as described in the Student Handbook, apply.

WITHDRAWAL: The last day to drop a class is April 18, 2019

INCOMPLETES: Standard university policy - Incompletes will only be granted for extenuating circumstances, such as illness, accident, etc. which will prevent the student from completing the course. An incomplete grade cannot be given to avoid a failing grade in the course. Appropriate documentation (i.e. medical) must accompany the Incomplete Grade Request.Students must have completed at least 75% of the course with a passing grade when requesting an incomplete. The student must request an incomplete from the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to make up incomplete work. The instructor must complete the Incomplete Grade Request form and submit to the Registrar’s Office. Requests must include a valid reason why the work cannot be completed, a list of assignments to complete, a schedule for when the work will be completed, and the grade to be assigned if the work is not completed. Assignments should be completed as soon as possible, preferably within a few weeks.

MENTAL HEALTH STATEMENT: As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. Services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing.  Contact the office of Accessibility (740-245-7439) to learn more about the confidential mental health services available to you.
COPYRIGHT: Materials used in association with this course may be copyright protected. These items are provided for educational purposes and are intended for the use by only those students officially enrolled in the course. Individuals may not copy, duplicate, download, or distribute any of these items outside this course without first considering United States copyright law (Title 17, US Code) and Rio Grande’s copyright-related policies.

Last Updated: December 26, 2018