Quantitative Studies for Environmental Science

Science & Technology
Environmental Science
Course Code
SCIE 1108
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course explores mathematics with applications for environmental science, and related topics in biology and geology. The course will review algebra, and focus on environmental applications of linear and non-linear functions, descriptive statistics, geometry and trigonometry. Problems and cases will illustrate "real world" situations in environmental science.
Course Content
  1. Lecture examples and case studies will utilize environmental science, related life and earth science situations.  The course will be instructed and lectured from an applied environmental science perspective.
  2. Algebra skills review:  Real numbers, polynomials, factoring,  rational expressions, integer expressions, rational exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, inequalities, absolute value, graphing.
  3. Descriptive Statistics:  Populations and samples, measures of central tendency and dispersion. 
  4. Calculation of distance, area and volume, using lines, rectangles, triangles, polygons, cubes, circles, spheres, and others. 
  5. Calculation of dimension and angles using trigonometry (sine, cosine, tangent).
  6. Description and solution of linear equations, functions, and systems of equations (2 variables), including graphing.
  7. Description and solution of non-linear relationships and functions (logarithmic, exponential, power and quadratic), including graphing.
  8. Use of scientific calculator, linear, semi-log and log graph paper, scientific notation.
  9. Some applications explored during the course may include:  surveys of populations of wildlife in a suburban region; volumetric assessment of groundwater contamination; volume and surface area of soil and rock bodies; rate of change in the local environment due to urbanization; growth and decay (of populations, pollutants, bacteria, radioactivity, value of future assets, groundwater  flow).
Learning Activities

Instruction will utilize lectures, and seminars.  Text and other readings will be assigned, problem sets will be completed by students.  Case studies in environmental science will be used to provide context, and a geometry / trigonometry supplement will be provided.  A field trip may be conducted.

Means of Assessment
Term exams 40%
Problem sets, cases, reports, presentations 25%
Participation 5%
Final exam 30%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, a successful student will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the role of mathematics and quantitative analysis in environmental science.
  2. Describe the central tendency and dispersion of single variable data.
  3. Measure and describe length, area and volume using geometry and trigonometry.
  4. Solve problems and equations involving linear equations and functions, and involving systems of linear equations.
  5. Solve problems and equations involving exponential, logarithmic, power, and quadratic functions.
  6. Derive equations and graph linear and non-linear functions.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Blitzer, R.; Thinking Mathematically; Pearson Prentice Hall.


Kime, L.A.; Explorations in College Algebra; Wiley.

Scientific calculator or graphing calculator.



BC Pre-Calculus 11 C- or DVST 0411 C- or  Math 11 exemption test or equivalent


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for SCIE 1108
Langara College (LANG) LANG GNST 1XXX (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023