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Environmental Studies (EVT)
Program Course Descriptions


BIO101 Biology 1: The Basics of Life
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
An introduction to the basic principles of biology. The course covers the chemistry of the cell, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics and some evolution. The laboratory is designed to enhance lecture and to develop investigative skills. (3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week) Fulfills open, liberal arts, and lab science sequence elective when taken with BIO102 or BIO128 and BIO130, or BIO140 or BIO 142.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
IDS166 Introduction to Sustainable Living
Pre: Communications Proficiency, MAT091 with 'C' or better or successful completion of MM08
Co: Composition 1
This course provides an introduction to the concept and principles of sustainability. The course will examine major environmental issues and will challenge students to see themselves as part of a web of interactions connecting the environment, economy, and society. While offering both scientific and humanities perspectives on environmental problems, the course will stress personal and collective action as pathways to solutions for sustainable living. Fulfills liberal arts, social science and open electives.
HIS-ELECTIVE History Electives
MATH ELECTIVE Mathematics Elective(s)
BIO102 Biology 2: Diversity of Life
Pre: Communications Proficiency and BIO101 or BIO124
An evolutionary survey of living organisms. Topics include life's beginnings, and unicellular organisms, fungi, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates and how they evolved. Laboratory includes dissection of selected species of the representative phyla. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and when taken with BIO101 or BIO124, the laboratory science sequence electives. (3 hours of lecture, 2 hours lab per week)
CMP148 Composition 2: Writing About Literature and the Environment
Pre: CMP101 or CMP102H
Emphasis is on analytical, researched, and experiential writing based on American literary works of all genres that focus on the relationship between humans and the natural world. A range of texts will be studied.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
GEO108 Environmental Science
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
An introduction to the field of environmental science. Environmental relationships are studied with regards to the strengths and fragilities of natural systems. Among other topics, the course covers utilization of natural resources, biodiversity, ecosystems, and environmental economics and politics. Fulfills open, liberal arts and science electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
LIT202-214 Advanced Literature Elective
Pre: 6 credits of Freshman Composition
Students read, interpret and discuss works of major British writers from Beowulf to the nineteenth century. Among the authors whose works may be studied are Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Swift. Fulfills open, liberal arts, advanced literature, and humanities electives.
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
EV-ELECTIVE Directed Elective(s)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
EV-ELECTIVE Directed Elective(s)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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