Welcome to the Living Environment course! In this course, students will learn how the environment, wildlife, and people interact with one another. Some of the topics we will explore in the two semesters are human physiology, reproduction, ecology, genetics, and the theory of evolution. There are two mandatory components in this course: lecture and laboratory. In the lab you will have many hands-on opportunities to practice and experiment with many of the concepts that you learn in lecture.
This course introduces scientific investigations, methods, observations and communication along with common tools and methods used for understanding Earth and its environments. Minerals and rocks that make up the Earth's crust. Earth's features, identification, and uniqueness as a planet are also covered in this course. Students will also examine continental drift, seafloor spreading, plate tectonic movement, plate boundaries, landforms, volcanic activity, earthquakes, and mountains resulting from plate tectonic processes as well as surface processes that create and modify landforms. The course also explores water on earth, covering its distribution, states, and the processes involving Earth’s water. Students will learn how features and processes of the atmosphere determine weather and climate, how life is supported on planet Earth, and how Earth scientists learn about Earth's past as well as Earth’s history. The course continues with human dependence on natural resources for energy and materials, the effects of human overpopulation and overconsumption on Earth's systems, and concludes with introducing the objects of our solar system and explorations beyond our solar system.