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ES 105 - Field Studies in Environmental Science


Credits: 4
An interdisciplinary scientific approach to the study of human-dominated landscapes and environmental issues. The primary context for the course is water movement through watersheds and landscapes and how human development can influence the resources and ecosystem services that natural systems provide, with an overall goal of understanding the structure, function, and management of ecosystems. We examine and study several regional watersheds, streams, and lakes, including Loughberry Lake, the primary drinking water supply for Saratoga Springs. Water supply and budgets, water chemical characteristics, and the natural and built structure of the surrounding landscapes will be analyzed from an ecological and biogeochemical perspective. The course involves laboratory and field work, emphasizes the scientific methodologies and communication, and exposes students to common techniques and methods used in environmental science.
Prerequisites: QR1 or MA 100 or placement at the FQR level or placement at the AQR level.
Note(s): Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. (Fulfills natural sciences requirement. Fulfills Scientific Inquiry and FQR requirements.)
K. Smemo and A. Ernst



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