Environmental Literacy

BHCC is committed to the integration of sustainability throughout the institution and to systematic tracking of this work. With regard Green Leafto‌ ‌curriculum, we have made the conscious decision to flag courses that emphasize environmental awareness and those that contribute significantly to students' understanding and practice of sustainability.

The following courses have been identified as meeting this criteria. In future editions of course catalogs and schedules, a colored leaf will be used to identify these courses. This simple tracking system will allow us to call out these offerings for students with specific sustainability interests while also providing a mechanism for tracking the integration of sustainability throughout the curriculum.

Please click on the course name for a full description:

BIO-196: General Biology II & Lab (4 credits)

Leaf GreenAs a continuation of General Biology I/Lab (BIO195), the course begins with a study of chemical basis of inheritance and protein synthesis. The course then investigates the mechanisms of adaptive evolution, speciation, phylogeny, and the history of life on earth. The course concludes with a survey of the three domains of life and an introduction to the structure of populations and ecosystems. Laboratory work will continue to develop the student's critical thinking and problem solving skills.

CIT-113: Information Technology Problem Solving (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course will give students hands-on experience in a wide range of modern information technology. Several IT concepts will be introduced that will provide a basis for further study in Information Technology. Students will work on a number of projects that will give perspectives on areas of IT including but not limited to: visual and/or robotic programming, social networking tools, web design and networking. Issues of security, privacy and ethics will also be examined. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the components of modern IT systems and the scope of knowledge needed to become an IT professional.

Students are expected to have access to computer with internet access outside of class as there is a major web component to the course. Designed for first-time, full-time Computer Technology students, this course will fulfill the Learning Community Seminar requirement for the Computer Information Technology Department.

CIT-250: Collaboration, Communication & Integration
in MS Office Applications (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis is a course in modern office technology which introduces students to all major areas of personal and organizational collaboration, communication and integration of MS OFFICE applications. Building on students' basic knowledge of the most current version of the core MS OFFICE applications, the course proceeds to cover in detail, the integration among OFFICE applications including Object Linking & Embedding (OLE), On-Line Meeting, document sharing, and the other collaboration features of MS OFFICE. Using WORD as the "core" application, students gain practical experience in moving and linking data among all applications: WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, POWERPOINT and OUTLOOK.

Advantages and limitations of Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing, along with the importance of security and other considerations involved in implementing these technologies are also covered. Students also gain experience in web enabling and publishing as well as knowledge of the principles, best practices, procedures and techniques used in implementing all of these applications in offices large and small.

ECE-102: Issues in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is a study of early childhood education programs. The course includes the history of childcare, regulation, types of programs, and current trends and issues in early care and education. The needs of children and families and components of quality programs with emphasis on social, political, and economic influences on professional issues and career opportunities in the field are covered.

ECE-103: Child Growth and Development (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course covers the normal development of children through the age of twelve with emphasis on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional components of development of the infant, toddler, preschool, and school age child. The course meets Office of Child Care Services guidelines for child growth and development.

ECE-104: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is the study of early childhood education programs with emphasis on curriculum development in areas such as art, music, science, literature, math, language arts, and dramatic play.

ECE-106: Program Environments Early Child Ed (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course covers the study of setting up and maintaining a program environment with emphasis on health and safety concerns, nutritional considerations, space utilization, equipment needs, and material usage.

ECE-110: Science Concepts & Learning for Children (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is a study of concept development and learning in early childhood education programs with emphasis on curriculum development in the area of science for young children.

ECE-112: Families/Community in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is the study of the relationship of parents and communities to early childhood programs. The course emphasizes parental needs for early care and education, parenting skills and need for communication with parents, challenges of dealing with diverse populations and multiple family structures using an anti-bias approach which respects diversity and encourages collaborative efforts in caring for children.

ECE-113: Child Care Administration I (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course covers the study of program management in early childhood education, including planning, implementing, and evaluating programs. The course emphasizes financial, legal, personnel, and program aspects of program administration. It meets Department of Care and Education and Certification requirement.

ENR-101: Introduction to Engineering (4 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course provides an overview of the engineering profession. Topics to be discussed include fields of study within engineering; the engineering profession, including engineering ethics; and engineering design and problem-solving. Emphasis is on team-building and teamwork approach to engineering projects.

ENV-105: Environmental Science 1 & Lab (4 Credits)

Leaf GreenThis course covers an introduction to the physical and biological structure of the natural environment within a global perspective. The course emphasizes both a local and global perspective on the study of natural systems and the impacts of human society on these systems. Topics include: ecosystem dynamics, international conservation biology, biodiversity, evolution and adaptation, population dynamics, climate, and the role of science and technology in business and society, and sustaining ecosystems and wildlife. Laboratory investigations develop critical thinking and formal report writing skills.

ENV-106: Environmental Science II & Lab (4 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course examines the global and local impact of human culture upon the natural systems. Students investigate both destructive and constructive elements of human action within the natural environment. Also, students learn the role of science and technology in the environment and society. Topics include: air and water pollution; toxicity; ozone depletion; global warming; hazardous waste; the role of science and technology in business and society; and renewable and nonrenewable energy resources. Laboratory investigations develop students' critical thinking skills and formal report writing skills.

ENV-120: Tropical Field Studies (4 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is an investigation of the ecology, conservation, and diversity of tropical ecosystems. As part of a study-abroad student team, students will learn and participate in scientific field research methods on location in a tropical country. By participating in a variety of trips, and activities students will also investigate the interrelationship of local culture, ecotourism, and conservation. Students will be required to complete a self-designed scientific field research project and participate in a community services project while in the country of study. Past studies have occurred in Costa Rica and Nicaragua but future trips are not limited to these two tropical countries.

ENV-110: Sustainability and Resource Conservation (4 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course is an introduction to fundamental concepts of sustainability and resource conservation as related to the human environment. Through lectures, laboratories and interactive dialogue, student develop literacy in sustainability topics found in local, regional and global spheres and encourages a collaborative approach to reducing ecological impact of individuals and organizations.

The course will provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of three targeted sustainability related topics: energy and conservation, renewable energy sources and climate action planning. Assigned readings illustrate the impact of resource conservation on quality of life. Laboratory work will demonstrate concepts such as heat transfer principles and technologies such as solar, wind and fuel cells. Assignments will support the college's pursuit of climate neutrality.

ESL-099: Academic Writing III (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis advanced course focuses on the academic writing skills necessary for content courses. Students continue to develop their abilities with sentence structure, paragraph writing, and essay writing. Students write paragraphs and essays from personal experiences and from readings. Students learn to cite sources and answer essay questions from readings. Students learn grammar in the context of the readings and student generated writing. Students may be required to complete assignments in the language lab.

GOV-101: Government Politics in US (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThe course explores some questions and theories that interest political scientists and historians, and methods they use to explain governmental operations. Insight into the nature of political ideals, as embodied in the Constitution, is developed. Topics include federalism, organization and functions of the three branches of the national government, civil liberties and civil rights, public opinion and voting behavior, the media, bureaucracies, and public policy.

LCS-101E: Energy, Life, and Sustainability (3 credits)

Leaf GreenInvestigate the environmental and social consequences of energy production and consumption with emphasis on climate change impacts. This seminar will explore solutions to slow down global warming and investigate new sources of clean and sustainable energy. Learn how we can all play a role in ensuring a more livable planet.

LSC-101H: Food For Thought: The Politics and Culture of Food

Leaf GreenThis course will consider the diverse universe of food, eating, and culture. Through readings, writing, discussion, and field study students will gain insight into the history of food and culture in the U.S., learn about other culture's food, and explore issues of food sustainability in the 21st century.

MAT-181: Statistics I (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis course covers statistical concepts and methods. Topics include data organization, averages and variation; elementary probability; binomial, normal, and t-distributions; estimation and hypothesis testing; and linear correlation and regression.

PSY-101: Principles of Psychology (3 credits)

Leaf GreenThis introductory psychology course covers a survey of information and theory. Topics include the brain and behavior, research methods, learning, consciousness, motivation, emotion, human growth and development, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy, social cognition and understanding.