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|Course ID||Course Name||Prerequisite||Total Credits||Lab Credits|
|SC 249||ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS AND ISSUES||EN 112||4||1|
This course introduces students to fundamental ecological concepts, how we interact with the Earth, and how we deal with environmental problems we face. Lectures and assignments give overviews of the major ecosystems on Pacific islands, their values, and environmental threats in the 21st century including global climate change, biodiversity, land use, waste management, and sustainability of resources. This course involves developing skill to analyze information and ideas, judge their validity and reliability, and make decisions. Students are required to apply critical thinking skills to distinguish between facts and opinions, evaluate evidence and arguments, take and defend informed positions on issues (local, regional, & global), integrate information and see relationships, and apply knowledge to dealing with new and different problems, and our lifestyle choices. Students will be required to undertake a research project and write a scientific research paper using the present MLA writing guidelines.