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Exploring Environmental Science

11 credits for 10 students.

Are you interested in science and the environment? This FIG will provide you with an introduction to the relationship between the sciences of Geology and Biology with the physical environment as well as an exploration of current environmental issues in depth. Courses include significant lab and field components. This FIG will give you “hands on” experience in the sciences and give you the tools necessary to choose the natural sciences, biology, or environmental career path that's right for you. This FIG also includes a course that will help you to explore your options for majors, graduate programs, and careers in the sciences and related fields. It is also good choice for students who are Exploratory/Undeclared.

BIOL 151-F03 GENERAL BIOLOGY-LEC 3 Cr. MWF 11:00-11:50am Plague, G.
BIOL 151-F03 GENERAL BIOLOGY-LAB 1 Cr. M 2:00-4:50pm Sirsat, S.

The focus of this course is on cellular processes. Topics include cell structure, photosynthesis and respiration, cell division and genetics, and evolution. NOTE: Required for Biology Majors,
but not restricted to Biology Majors. Must take lab. $25.00 Lab fee assessed by Biology Department. Satisfies SB, LB requirement.

ENVR 110-F03 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 Cr. TuTh 12:30-1:45pm Reis, A.
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues. It incorporates the social, political, economic, cultural, and biophysical dimensions of a diversity of environmental problems and solutions, and includes a special focus on the Adirondacks. Human impacts on the environment, historical and contemporary views of the environment, and potential
solutions to current environmental problems will be examined. NOTE: Required for Environmental Studies major. Satisfies General Education FC requirement.

GEOL 101-F03 Environmental Geology-LEC 2 Cr. WF 12:00-12:50pm Pearson, A.
GEOL 101-F03 Environmental Geology-LAB 1 Cr. M 9:00-10:50am Pearson, A.

A study of geology and the human environment. Topics begin with the basics of geology: minerals and rocks, the earth’s internal structure, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics. Surface processes affecting the environment include stream behavior and flooding, groundwater, and air pollution. The course examines laws governing the extraction and use of water, as well as energy sources and environmental concerns. Laboratory includes field trips in the Potsdam area and the use of geological and topographic maps. Satisfies General Education SP & LB requirements.

FY 100-F09 @First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. M TBD Wheeler, A.
The First-Year Success Seminar (FYSS) is a two-credit course designed to accelerate students’ transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development. A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry – enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills. In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development.