About ENSC 001 A

Emphasizes the impacts of human activity on the environment. Attention to resources at risk and pollutant fate and effects on ecosystems.


ENSC majors only; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Introduction to Environmental Sciences (ENSC001) is designed for students interested in exploring the complex interactions between humans and environmental systems. We will explore ecological foundations and scientific principles to better understand how the coupled human-natural system works, and how science can be used to help solve environmental problems. We will also examine steps we can take as individuals to live more sustainably on our planet. This is a Hybrid course with both online course materials to introduce you to concepts, and synchronous group activities that will challenge you to apply those concepts to key environmental issues. As such, the online components must be completed prior to your scheduled group meeting time to ensure that you are prepared for the day’s activities and assignment. The course will begin with an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underpin environmental science (scientific inquiry, systems thinking, sustainability science, critical thinking and problem solving frameworks). Then we’ll define key ecological principles and Earth systems (ecosystems, climate, biodiversity, hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere), so that at the end of the course we can apply those principles to specifically address human impacts on the environment.

Section Expectation

This is a hybrid course that contains a mixture of online materials and in-person group activities. It is broken down into 10 weekly modules, with two exams and a final project. Each module includes a variety of online readings, videos and explorations, with a module quiz to assess competency. We will also have group activities in-person during each week, to further explore module content and build towards your group project submission. We also have required contributions to a weekly discussion board (YellowDig) to get to know each other, and the topics better.


Your final grade in ENSC 1 will be based on the following: • Weekly Module Content o 10 module quizzes (3 pts each) = 30% o 10 module group activities (3 pts each) = 30% • Group Environmental Issue Project = 10% • YellowDig Discussion Participation (semester cumulative) = 10% • Mid-term and Final Exams (10% each)

Course Dates



Aiken Center 110 (View Campus Map)


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