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SCI/256
PEOPLE, SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
 
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SCI 256 Entire Course Link
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SCI 256 Week 1 Environmental Science and Human Population Worksheet
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Environmental Science and Human Population Worksheet.

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Environmental Science and Human Population Worksheet
 
Using the textbooks, the University Library, or other resources, answer each of the following questions in 150- to 300-words.  Be sure to provide references for the sources you use.
 




Question


Response




 
Is the current growth rate of the human population sustainable?  Explain, using the concept of carrying capacity.
 


 




 
Using an internet search, provide a timeline of important events in the modern environmental movement since 1960. 
 


 




 
Perform an internet search using one of these topics: car, electronics, water bottles, plastic grocery bags, food choice, home size, commuting and incorporate the “environmental impact” they may elicit. 
Read one of the articles you find and explain:
· The environmental impacts of that item or activity.
· How you as an individual can reduce your impact on the environment as it relates to this item or activity.
 
 


 




Explain the relationship between three aspects of science: hypothesis, research/experimentation, and theory.


 




 
 
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SCI 256 Week 2 Ecosystem Paper
Select an ecosystem in your area (forest, lake, desert, grassland).
Write a 525- to 700-word paper explaining the following:
     1)   Describe the structure of your ecosystem including important abiotic features and dominant plant and animal species.
     2)   Explain some functions/processes of your ecosystem including one nutrient cycle and one food chain.
     3)  Give two examples of species interactions (predation, competition, mutualism, etc.) that occur in your ecosystem.
     4)  Identify an invasive species in your ecosystem. Explain its effects on the ecosystem and efforts to control or eradicate it.
Include two outside references.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
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SCI 256 Week 2 Human Impact on Biogeochemical Cycles Worksheet
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Human Impact on Biogeochemical Cycles Worksheet.
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Human Impact on Biogeochemical Cycles Worksheet
 
Using the textbooks, the University Library or other resources, answer each of the following questions in 150- to 300-words.  Be sure to provide references for the sources you use.
 




Question


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Your neighbor faithfully applies fertilizer to his lawn to ensure beautiful, healthy green grass.  Explain how your neighbor’s fertilizing habit affects at least one nutrient cycle.
 


 




 
Your friend commutes to work every day by driving a standard gasoline-powered car.  Explain how your friend’s commute affects one or more nutrient cycles
 


 




 
Urban areas typically have lots of pavement and compacted soils.  Explain how these impermeable surfaces affect at least one aspect of the hydrologic cycle
 


 




 
 
SCI 256 Week 3 Natural Resources Worksheet
Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Natural Resources Worksheet.
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Natural Resources Worksheet
 
Complete the following table: 
 




 


Fossil Fuel


Alternative Energy




Identify 3 types of both energy categories and what they are most often used to power.


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Benefits to using these energy types


 


 




Environmental impacts of using these energy types


 


 




Are these energy types renewable? Explain.


 


 




 
Using the textbooks, the University Library, or other resources answer each of the following questions in 150- to 300-words.  Be sure to provide references for the sources you use.
 




Question


Response




Explore water supply and management in your area using the internet. What is the source of your municipality’s drinking water?  Describe any concerns related to the quantity and quality of this water source.  Explain one thing you can do in your everyday activities to conserve water.


 




Visit this Fish and Wildlife Service website (http://www.fws.gov/endangered/) and perform a search of endangered species for your state.  Select one species and explain why it is endangered and what is being done to help it recover.


 




What reason(s) for conserving life on Earth found in “A Closer Look 13.3”, pages 299-301, do you find convincing?  Explain.


 




Perform an internet search using the search term “agricultural sustainability article.”  Read one of the articles you find and summarize it in 1-2 paragraphs.  Based on this article and the readings in the text do you think that current large-scale industrial agricultural practices are sustainable?  Why or why not?  Give an example of a more sustainable agricultural practice.


 




 
 
SCI 256 Week 4 Environmental Pollution Recommendation
There is a concern in your community regarding the environment.  You've been tasked to research and present the concerns to your local or state government.
Perform an internet search to identify an instance of environmental pollution in your state.
Create a 5-to 8-slide PowerPoint® presentation or a 350-to 525-word proposal.

  • Identify the effects of this pollution on human health and the environment.

  • Explain the causes of this pollution.

  • Recommend ways to prevent/clean up this type of environmental pollution.

  • Include appropriate images.


Use at least 2 outside references.
Format your presentation and references consistent with APA guidelines.

  • For Local Campus students, these are oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations.

  • For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with notes similar to what you would present orally.


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SCI 256 Week 4 Climate Change Response
Some people you know say they don't believe that the climate is changing.  After this week's readings, how would you respond?
Write a 525- to 700-word response including:

  • How scientists learn about past global temperatures and climates.

  • The greenhouse effect.

  • Greenhouse gases and their role in current climate change.

  • One piece of data scientists offer to show that the climate is changing globally (see this NASA website: http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ).

  • Expected impacts of climate change in your area (this EPA website is very helpful: www3.epa.gov/climatechange/impacts/).


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SCI 256 Week 5 Community Sustainability Proposal
Local government leaders have asked you to provide information and recommendations for increasing sustainability in the community.  
Perform an initial search to learn about green initiatives for a city in your area.  
Create a 5- to 8-slide PowerPoint® presentation or Write a 350- to 525-word proposal to your local government.
Include the following:

  • A summary of green initiatives for a city in your area.

  • Recommendations to your local government for creating a greener, more sustainable and livable community.

  • The proposal should include recommendations both for actions by the local government and by individual homeowners.

  • Explain how implementing these recommendations would promote sustainability and improve like for residents.


Include appropriate images.
Include a list of the sources you use.
Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

  • For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with speaker notes similar to what you would present orally.


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SCI 256 Week 5 Environmental Analysis Presentation
Perform an analysis of an environmental issue.
Prepare a 5- to 8-slide PowerPoint® presentation with detailed speaker notes.  If you first discuss options with your faculty member, you are also welcome to use a tool such as "Voice Thread" to add audio to your presentation.  
Include the following: 

  • A description of an environmental issue including the cause of the issue and its effects on the environment and people.

  • An explanation of how economics and personal lifestyle choice are involved in this issue.

  • An explanation of how individuals, communities, and/or governments are working to address the environmental issue.

  • Your opinion as to whether the issue is being adequately addressed and suggestions of ways it could be better addressed.


Include at least 2 outside resources for your presentation.
Format your presentation according to APA guidelines.

  • For Local Campus students, these are 10- to 15-minute oral presentations accompanied by Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations.

  • For Online and Directed Study students, these are Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations with notes.


Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment. 
 
 
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