The most beautiful object I have ever seen in a photograph in all my life is the planet Earth seen from the distance of the moon, hanging in space, obviously alive. Although it seems at first glance to be made up of innumerable separate species of living things, working parts, including us, is interdependently connected to all the other working parts. It is, to put it one way, the only truly closed ecosystem any of us know about.

- Lewis Thomas

Syllabis: ENV 110 (Introduction to Environmental Science), Fall, 2015:
Lecture:Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30-4:45, Folsom 302 ("rock lab")
Online Section: will view the recorded live lecture, available through Blackboard.


The textbbook is Environmental Science A global concern, by Cunningham and Cunningham (McGraw Hill, publisher).

We use older editions to save on textbook costs to the student. Kevin has some copies of the 11th edition (ISBN 9780073383217) available on loan at no cost, on a first-come-first-served basis. Students might also purchase a used copy of the 10th, 11th or 12th; reading assignments from all three editions are provided here

Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 217 South Hall, hours: most M-T-W-Th 1:05 - 2:00 and many other times)

office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
web page:

No make-up exams unless a valid excuse is given before the missed test.
tests and assignments final grade percents
Test 1 110 pnts A = 90% (495 pnts)
Test 2 110 pnts B = 80% (440 pnts)
Test 3 110 pnts C = 70% (385 pnts)
Introduction 10 pnts D = 60% (330 pnts)
Summary of
current event
4 at 15 pnts each
60 pnts F = below 60% (330 pnts)
Final (cumulative) 150 pnts
Total 550 pnts 550 pnts

A steady improvement in test scores may be used in revising grade upwards. Otherwise, grades will not be curved. Attendance can be taken into account in the case of borderline grades.

Course Objectives

Kevin's Education and Test Philosophy

Sample Test Questions

Introduction of Yourself

News Summaries, advice on professional writing.

how to access track edits.

How to get to your course listing on Blackboard

News Summary Submittal Procedure

Procedure for online students

Below is a tentative schedule of Introduction to Environmental Science
(Fall, 2015)
Click lecture for day´s quote
Assignments need to be read before class.
# date lecture title reading:
12th Ed. 11th Ed. 10th Ed.
1-1 9/1 Introduction, What is
Environmental Science?
i:2-8 i:1-10 i:2-12
1-2 9/3 The Process & Languages of Science 2:29-39 2:37-43
9/3 Last day to Add/Drop
9/4 Submit introduction to
yourself on Blackboard
1-3 9/8 Earth as a System 2:35-47 2:43-47
9/9 Last day to Withdrawl
1-4 9/10 Cycles on the Earth 3:57-66 3:57-72 3:58-71
1-5 9/15 Organic Evolution & Extinction 4:78-89 4:75-87 4:75-87
1-6 9/17 Ecology 3:51-65 3:52-66 3:52-65
1-7 9/22 Community Intrarelationships
and Commplexity
1-8 9/24 Succession 4:90-92 4:92-95 4:92-95
9/25 News Summary 1 due
1-9 9/29 TEST I (covers through 9/24)
2-1 10/1 Humans & natural history 7:133-153 7:132-150 7:132-150
2-2 10/6 Soil 9:180-204 10:197-206 10:196-205
2-3 10/8 Agriculture and Pesticide 10:208-226 10:206-220 10:205-219
10/9 News Summary 2 due
October 12 - 13, BREAK
2-4 10/15 Streams 17:375-394 17:371-391 17:373-392
2-5 10/20 Groundwater 17:378-381, 391-392
17:372-377, 383
17:373-379, 384-385
2-6 10/22 Air Pollution near the ground 15:323-328
2-7 10/27 Air Pollution are higher
altitudes & climate change
2-8 10/29 Effects of Climate change 15:323-328
10/30 News Summary 3 due
11/2 Last day to withdrawl
without penalty
2-8 11/3 TEST II (10/1 through 10/29
3-1 11/5 Electricity & Electrical Grid 19:423-437 19:423-434 19:424-436
3-2 11/10 Electricity (continued) & Coal 19:423-437 19:423-434 19:424-436
11/11 Veteran's Day
3-3 11/12 Oil and Natural Gas 19:434-442 19:428-434 19:426-436
3-4 11/17 Nuclear Energy 19:447-471 19:434-442 19:436-442
3-5 11/19 Alternative Energies
for Electricity
20:446-468 20:446-469
11/20 News Summary 4 due
3-6 11/24 Alternative Energy for fuel 21:560-576 20:446-468 20:446-469
11/26 T - G I V I N G!
3-7 12/1 TEST III (11/5 through 11/24)
4-1 12/3 Oceans
4-2 12/8 Marine Law 24:540-557 24:540-559 24:542-556
4-3 12/10 The Near Future
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:00-5:00.

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Pursue academic excellence,
Support open inquiry and civil expression,
Listen respectfully to the viewpoints of others,
Participate responsibly in the life of the community,
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Help members of the university realize their potential.

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