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Environmental Science 1
Jenna Cole, PhD

(310) 287-4231


Environmental Science 2
Vered Mirmovitch, PhD

(310) 287-4316



Environmental Science

Programs Offered

CLASSES: See class schedule & catalog 


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About Environmental Science

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE  is an interdisciplinary science that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to Ecology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Geology, Atmospheric Science and Geography) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

In the current semester, the program offers two environmental science courses:

(1) "The Human Environment: Physical Processes" (Environmental Science 1), and 

(2) "The Human Environment: Biological Processes" (Environmental Science 2).

Environmental Science 1 fulfills a non-laboratory physical science requirement, whereas Environmental Science 2 fulfills anon-laboratory life science requirement.

Class Descriptions


The Human Environment: Physical Processes - Environmental Science 1 (3 Units)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 1 is a 3-unit course that is an introductory course which discusses the effects of humans on their physical environment. Topics include air pollution, water pollution, energy & mineral resources and climate change

TEXTBOOK: Raven, P.H. & Berg, L.R., Hassenzahl, D.M. (2010). Environment, 7th ed.; John Wiley Pub.; ISBN 978-0-470-52598-2



STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify sources and effects of pollution and discuss practical ways of mitigating global climate changes.
  2. Explain how each of the following impact the environment: mining and mineral refining processes; extraction and burning of fossil fuels; industrial and agricultural activities; nuclear energy production procedures and nuclear wastes.


The Human Environment: Biological Processes- Environmental Science 2 (3 Units)

Environmental Science 2 is a 3-unit course that fulfills a non-laboratory science requirement. This course discussess ecology and the effects of humans on their environment.  Topics include ecological structure and function, population dynamics, use of natural resources, energy, pollution and man's impact on the survival of plant and animal species.


TEXTBOOK: Living in the Environment, Seventeenth Edition, 2012, by G. Tyler Miller & Scott E. Spoolman. Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

EXERCISE WORKBOOK: Methodology of Science Exercise (Available at the bookstore)


ADVISORY: English 28 and Mathematics 105


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate a firm understanding of:

  1. Global population patterns and the relationships between population size and material standard of living.
  2. The principals of ecology, including facts and examples supporting them.