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Summer 2013    Environmental Science (3 units)

EAS 200, Section 8068      NRS 200, Section 8071      Class Begins 6/10    Ends 7/3    NOTE: this is a 4-week class

Course Description

Environmental Science is a field that brings aspects of biology, physics and chemistry together with geology and geography to understand the earth and its interrelated systems. The main emphasis of the course is a focus on sustainable use of Earth's resources and the reduction of solid waste and air and water pollution. The focus on both physical and biological principles is necessary to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of dealing with the solutions to the complex environmental problems.

Recommended Prep: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process.

  • Instructor:  Steve Cardimona
  • Email:
    After the class has started, please use ETUDES Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: Environmental Science, 14th ed., Miller and Spoolman,  Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning,   ISBN: 978-1-111-98893-7
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week reading, working on research assignments, taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.  This class is not self-paced.  Specific assignments and discussions are meant to be completed for the whole class at the same time.
  • Special Requirements: Log into ETUDES by the first day of class (6/10) and begin working on the first week’s assignment and discussion.
  • Assignments & Tests: Students will complete research assignments and turn them in on or before due dates.  Class discussions will be another primary component, and students will need to participate before discussions close.  Quizzes will be every other week, and there will be a cumulative final exam.  See online syllabus within ETUDES for details of weekly chapters/topics as well as grading information.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the ETUDES course management system. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails and private messages, and work independently.
  • New to Etudes: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use Etudes. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with Etudes. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through Etudes.
  • Etudes Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

Etudes link