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Environmental Science

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This course focuses on the causes of, impacts of, and solutions to environmental issues. Students identify global environmental issues as well as develop and analyze environmental action plans. Topics include ecosystems, biodiversity, energy, populations, natural resources, pollution, and sustainability. At the end of the course, students should be able to identify an environmental issue and develop a sustainability plan.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9

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    Human Population, Urban Development, and the Environment

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

    Atmospheric Issues

    • Summarize the causes and effects of an atmospheric issue.
    • Examine the challenges of global atmospheric changes.
    • Describe a key challenge to controlling air emissions.
    • Analyze 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 the types of forestry, rangeland, and their natural resources.
    • Describe the management strategies of forestry, rangeland, and their natural resources.
    • Describe types of minerals and the properties of soil.
    • Formulate a solution to a terrestrial resource challenge.

    Energy Issues

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

    Core Concepts Application

    • Develop mitigation strategies and solutions to an environmental problem.

    Environmental Protection, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility

    • Explain why environmental sustainability is an important concern of environmental science.
    • Examine environmental regulations in the United States.
    • Examine the concepts of environmental ethics.
    • Analyze the causes of an environmental problem and its potential solutions.

    Biodiversity and Risk Assessment

    • Explain why protecting biodiversity and effective management of natural resources are important.
    • Explain the value of biological diversity.
    • Describe how risk assessment could be applied in a given environmental circumstance.


    • Examine the flow of energy in ecosystems.
    • Examine biogeochemical cycles.
    • Describe living and nonliving components of a biome.
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