Becky Ball

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School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Arizona State University at the West Campus

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Soil Ecology Lab part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Activities
Students collect soil samples from places of interest around campus and run a series of basic soil analyses to make conclusions about how soil fertility relates to the biological community and human management.

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Sustainable World part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Hydrogeology, Soils, Geochemistry 2013:Courses
Sustainable World introduces students to the field of sustainability and explores the fundamental question of how human and natural systems interact. Sustainable World focuses more on how the environment functions, but also addresses how humans interact with the environment: how we shape the environment and how it shapes us. Using real world issues and problems, students learn about the fundamental Earth systems on which we depend.


Making Environmental Science Relevant to a Diverse Student Body at ASU West part of Integrate:Workshops:Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences:Essays
The School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences at the West Campus of Arizona State University serves a very diverse population of students, with ~40% of our majors from Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, and African American ethnicities, and half female. Most of our students come from the local Phoenix area, and their urban background may influence their perception of the relevance of environmental science to their every-day lives. Environmental science courses can maintain their relevance to students that do not feel a strong connection with their natural world by being taught from a human-oriented perspective. In many of our courses, we highlight the relationship between the environment and human well-being. For example, one upper-level course in the Environmental Science concentration is called The Human Environment (LSC 362), which explores human beings' interactions with the biophysical world, particularly how we are changing our world and our world is changing us.

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Bachelor of Science: Life Sciences (Environmental Science Concentration), Arizona State University at the West Campus part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Curricula & Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Becky Ball, Arizona State University at the West Campus. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree. ...

Supporting Minority Students at Arizona State University at the West Campus part of Integrate:Programs:Supporting Minority Students
Arizona State University has multiple campuses throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, each of which has a distinct mission. The West Campus is the liberal arts campus with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. It is a primarily undergraduate campus with no graduate programs in the sciences. Additionally, the student population at ASU West is incredibly diverse, with a large number of minority, first generation, and non-traditional students. In the 2012-13 academic year, approximately 40% of the majors within the School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences are made up of Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian, and African American ethnicities, and half of all students are female. A large portion of our students are parents and/or married and hold full-time jobs. Therefore, ASU West provides the unique opportunity to mentor students from a rich diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds and life stages. We offer, among our degrees, a B.S. program in Life Sciences with an Environmental Science concentration.

Events and Communities

InTeGrate Broadening Access Workshop

Teaching Hydrogeology, Soils, and Geochem 2013