Dr. Chuks Ogbonnaya
Email: cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu
Office: DC116
Phone: (276) 523-2400, ext. 276



Course Description

Studies the relationship of man to his environment;  ecological principles, population dynamics, topics of current importance including air, water, and noise pollution; poisoning and toxicity, radiation, conservation and management of natural resources.


Statement of Broad Goals/Specific Objectives

ENV 220  is a course designed to introduce students to environmental problems associated with energy resource scarcity, acid rain, and hazardous wastes, water shortages, massive soil erosion, global atmospheric pollution and major environmental chemical accidents.



Environmental Science, A Global Concern
ISBN#    Autor:  Bill Cunningham and Barbara Siego
Publisher:  WBC/McGraw Hill
Edition: Latest Edition from the Bookstore



Instructional Methods

  1. Readings from the textbook
  2. Weekly summaries of "current" environmental issues
  3. Term paper
  4. Critical thinking questions
  5. Field trip



Reading Assignments

You will be expected to read and answer Critical Thinking questions at the end of each chapter. The assignments are worth 50% of your grade. You can email your answers to the instructor at cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu.



Weekly Summaries of Current Environmental Issues

You will need to find 15 current environmental issues that you can research and write a two page summary for. The summaries will be worth 18.7% of your grade. You can do this on a weekly basis. You can also emaill your summaries to the instructor at cogbonnaya@me.vccs.edu.



Term Paper

You will be expected to write a term paper on "Green House Effects". You should incorporate at least five references into the paper. See the outline on how to write this term paper. The term paper will be worth 18.7% of your grade.



Field Trip

You will be required to have an all day field trip. You will be expected to write a report on this field trip. The field trip is required for the completion of the class. You will need the approval of the instructor before you go on the field trip. You should also submit the name, address, and phone number of where you will be going on the field trip. Include pictures taken during the field trip. The field trip will be worth 12.6% of your grade.



Grading Policy

Weekly summaries 18.7%
Term paper 18.7 %
Critical Thinking questions 50%
Field Trip 12.6%


Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 70 - 79%
D = 60 - 69%
F = Below 60%



All students at MECC should abide by the standards of conduct outlined in the MECC Student Handbook. Cheating WILL NOT be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating on an assignment or test will receive a zero for that assignment.



Instructions for Individuals with Disabilities

Students may request academic accommodation for disabilities through the Office of Student Services.  That office will evaluate the request and make recommendations for appropriate and reasonable accommodations, which the student will provide to the instructor.

Individuals requiring temporary handicapped parking accommodations due to short-term illness should also contact Student Services.

All correspondence will be kept confidential.





For Your Information:

All correspondence and assignments should be sent to the email address listed above.

Since ENV220 is an online course, each student is expected to check his or her Mountain Empire email address at least twice weekly. If you are having problems using your Mountain Empire email address, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

The instructor will use email to keep you updated on your progress throughout the course. If you have completed any kind of assignment and have not heard from the instructor within a reasonable length of time (two work days if the assignment was turned in over the internet or a week if the assignment was turned in through the postal service), then you should contact the instructor to make sure that your assignment was received.