Course Description

A seminar course intended for entering students in the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors. This course will introduce the field of study, both as general field to potentially spend your life within as well as the particulars of the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors at UD. The seminar also serves as a First-Year-Experience for incoming majors.

Topics covered

Environmental science at UD, college study skills, getting used to UD faculty, survey of environmental problems and how we study them.


Ensc 101 Introduction to the Environment

Fall 2015

12:20–1:10 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

108 Memorial Hall



Office Hours

T.A.: Will Goldmanf

Office hours 3:00–4:00 Tuesdays

and 10:00–11:00 on Fridays.

Textbook: J. Withgott & M. Laposata, 2015. Essential Environment: The Science behind the Stories, 5th ed. Pearson

Assignments: Two two-page papers, the first due October 26 and the second due December 11. Topics will be chosen from a provided list, with room for customization.

Tests: Three tests, tentatively October 21, November 13, and during final exam week (December 14–19).

Test 3 is now scheduled for Friday, December 18, at 10:30 am in 108 Memorial Hall

Grades: An series of worksheets will count for 10% of the grade. The remaining 90% is equally divided among the five papers and tests.

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