“Water not only floats a boat; it also sinks it” Chinese proverb. Water is essential to life. Yet, when water is in the wrong place or contains contaminants, we are faced with many challenges, such as sea-level rise, eutrophication, and microplastic pollution. This course will look at several challenging topics in water science (primarily freshwater, with a deep dive into saltwater with sea-level rise).
Course Learning Objectives
After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:
Define key terminology used in water sciences (e.g. algae, nutrients, emerging contaminants, eutrophication, watershed, sea level rise)
Apply fundamental principles of chemistry and physics in relation to the way soil and vegetation impact water quality and quantity in a watershed
Hypothesize on how soil, climate, and geology impact a water body’s properties and ecology using case studies from Florida
Investigate the role of soil subsidence in sea-level rise using case studies
Evaluate water use in relation to human needs and natural ecosystem function
Communicate topics and solutions in water science by participating in group activities during class
Credits: 3 Semesters Offered: Spring General Education Requirement Course: No
Prerequisites: None Textbook: None. Required readings are available in Canvas.