What will I learn in Environmental Science?
Environmental Science is a subject which focuses on planet Earth and how it is impacted by human activities. The subject aims to connect you with the world from a different perspective, understand how the planet functions, identify major issues such as climate change and pollution and explore their relationships with human health and the environment. Topics covered include sustainable development, physical geography, basic scientific concepts, biological and human populations, ecology, energy, atmosphere, climate change, air pollution, water, water pollution, solid waste management, soil and agriculture.
How will I benefit from studying Environmental Science?
Besides acquiring more knowledge and awareness about the world around us, you will also develop skills related to scientific literacy, problem solving and critical thinking. Many students would like to make a difference by improving their quality of life and the quality of the environment around us. Environmental Science is a platform to achieve this goal since besides learning about current environmental issues and challenges on a local, national, regional and global scale, Environmental Science also allows you to develop analytical skills and propose potential solutions to human-induced issues to the benefit of the environment, society and future generations.
Are there any special considerations?
What textbooks and/or resources do I need?
The following is a list of books, mainly intended for reference purposes only. Latest editions are recommended but this is not obligatory. Most of these publications can be availed of from the school library. Course tutors may recommend other textbooks and website links from time to time.
- Cunningham, W.P., Cunningham, M.A. & Saigo, B. Environmental Science, a Global Concern. (8th edition). McGraw-Hill (Boston)
- Nebel, B.J. & Wright, R. Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future.
- Tyler Miller, G. Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks/Cole
- Wright, R.T. Environmental Science – toward a Sustainable Future. Pearson Education International, Prentice Hall Publishers