Environmental Science –


(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 Advisor.

Human Population and the Environment

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


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

Politics and Environmental Risk

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

Environmental Issues and Sustainability

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

Core Concepts Application

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

Energy Issues

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

Terrestrial Resource Issues

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

Water Resource Issues

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

Atmospheric Issues

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

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