CCOG for ESR 150 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ESR 150
Course Title:
Environmental Studies Orientation
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Course Description

Serves to orient students to environmental information available through campus library and computer resources. Uses assignments aimed at gathering and summarizing information on academic preparation of environmental professionals. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

To clarify the teaching of evolution and its place in the classroom, the Portland Community College Science Departments stand by the following statements about what is science and how the theory of evolution is the major organizing theory in the discipline of the biological sciences.

  1. Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. In science, a theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. The theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation.
  2. The theory of evolution meets the criteria of a scientific theory. In contrast, creation "science" is neither self-examining nor investigatory. Creation "science" is not considered a legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

Science (ESR) instructors of Portland Community College will teach the theory of evolution not as absolute truth but as the most widely accepted scientific theory on the diversity of life. We, the Biology Subject Area Curriculum Committee at Portland Community College, therefore stand with such organizations as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula.

Intended Outcomes for the course

A student will be able to collaboratively and independently:

  1. Identify and express in writing basic careers available for environmental professionals.
  2. Identify and express how humans interact with the environment.
  3. Utilize library and computer based resources for obtaining environmental information.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of various employment opportunities available in public and private sectors.

Course Activities and Design

Assessment Tasks:

  1. Weekly summaries of topics discussed by guest speakers
  2. Research paper on environmental career or service learning project

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Concepts and Themes:

  1. Human Impacts
  2. Writing Skills
  3. Environmental Careers
  4. Environmental Information Systems

Process Skills (Competency skills):

  1. Write using the scientific format
  2. Locating and accessing information
  3. Think critically
  4. Collaborate with peers -- Work effectively in groups
  5. Assess Career opportunities