Active Learning in Environmental Science and Management

Maud Walsh  |  8/21/2008 8:04:02 PM

Figure 1. Environmental Management students on the “Green Team” help with waste management at Baton Rouge Earth Day 2008. Pictured are Blake Phillips and Kim Buchanan.

Figure 2. Jacob Morrison and Zachary Buck, students in Applied Environmental Management (EMS 3040) work on the erosion control and bike path improvements they helped design for the BREC Hooper Road Park as their service-learning activity.

Figure 3. Water quality in the stream behind Sturgis Hall is tested by Environment and Technology (EMS 1011) students Christopher Whittaker and Brooke Giraldo.

The goal of the Environmental Management Systems curriculum is to provide students with a background in physical and biological sciences as well as coursework in the application of scientific information, integrated with social and political realities, to work on environmental problems and solutions.

In order to meet these goals, service-learning has been incorporated as an integral component of several classes in order to reinforce class content and also to help students understand the importance of social as well as scientific considerations in environmental protection.

Active hands-on learning is incorporated in the Environmental Management Systems classes, and small class sizes encourage collaborative learning. Classes in Environmental Management Systems, offered through the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, include Environment and Technology (EMS 1011), Analysis of Environemntal Issues (EMS 2011), Soil Science (EMS 2050), Applied Environmental Management (EMS 3040), Soil Conservation (EMS 3045), Environmental Regulations and Compliance (EMS 3050), Applied Ecology (EMS 4010), Quantitative Risk Assessment (EMS 4020), Environmental Permit Writing (EMS 4030), Environmental Instrumental Analysis (EMS 4040), Chemical Properties of Soil (EMS 4055), Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling in Soils (EMS 4056) and Environmental Soil Physics (EMS 4077).

For more information, see course descriptions at Environmental Course Descriptions.

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