Environmental Science – sci275 (3 credits)

This course focuses on the causes of, impacts of, and solutions to environmental issues. Students identify global environmental issues as well as develop and critique environmental action plans. Topics include ecosystems, energy, populations, resources, pollution, and sustainability.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Environmental Issues and Sustainability

  • Define environmental sustainability.
  • Describe the history of environmental regulations in the United States.
  • Relate a current environmental problem with possible causes.

Politics and Environmental Risk

  • Compare and contrast environmental conservation and preservation efforts.
  • Explain how risk assessment could be applied in a given circumstance.


  • Discuss the flow of energy in ecosystems.
  • Apply the concepts of natural selection and succession to a changing ecosystem.
  • Describe living and nonliving components of a biome.

Human Population and the Environment

  • Explain the factors that produce changes in population size.
  • Identify the environmental benefits and challenges of urbanization.

Atmospheric Issues

  • Summarize the causes and effects of an atmospheric issue.
  • Discuss a key challenge to controlling air emissions.
  • Discuss impacts of and solutions for indoor air pollution.

Water Resource Issues

  • Identify the impact of human activities on a water resource.
  • Formulate a sustainable plan to manage a water resource.

Terrestrial Resource Issues

  • Describe challenges associated with managing a terrestrial resource.
  • Formulate a sustainable plan to manage a terrestrial resource.

Energy Issues

  • Describe challenges associated with energy resource management.
  • Formulate a plan for energy conservation education.

Core Concepts Application

  • Rationalize a sustainable plan for addressing an environmental issue.
  • Evaluate mitigation strategies and solutions to an environmental problem.

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