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Environment and Humanity

Environment and Humanity covers the material taught in a one-semester college course. This exam will require you to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic facts and terms
  • Understanding of concepts and principles
  • Ability to apply the knowledge to specific case problems

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Ecological Concepts
    • Ecosystems
    • Global ecology
    • Atmospheric structure
    • Roles of organisms
    • Biodiversity and stability
    • Energy flow
    • Trophic levels
    • Food chains and food webs
    • Biogeochemical cycling
    • Biomes and productivity
    • Population biology
    • Evolution
    • succession in freshwater and terrestrial communities

  • Environmental Impacts
    • Human population growth
    • Global climate and weather
    • Greenhouse effect
    • Ozone layer
    • Pollution – physical, chemical, and biological aspects
    • Environmental risk assessment
    • Agricultural and industrial revolutions
    • Industrial development of emerging nations
    • Deforestation
    • Desertification
    • Eutrophication

  • Environmental Management and Conversation
    • Renewable and nonrenewable resources
    • Green revolution
    • Agricultural practices
    • Pesticides and pest control
    • Soil conservation and land use practices
    • Air pollution control
    • Drinking water quality and supply
    • Wastewater treatment
    • Solid and hazardous waste
    • Recycling and resource recovery
    • Industrial ecology

  • Political Processes and the Future
    • Environmental laws, policies, and ethics
    • Planning and decision-making
    • International policy conflicts and agreements
    • Differing cultural and societal values
    • Future issues of population, food supply, energy, and pollution

(Taken from “Environment and Humanity,” DSST Fact Sheet, Prometric, ©2007. [May 13, 2008])

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future   
      12th by Richard T. Wright, Dorothy F. Boorse - Pearson,
    ISBN 9780321811530