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Environmental Issues and Ethics




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course applies scientific, philosophical, economic, and ethical principles to current and future environmental issues. Students will analyze the cumulative impact of human activities on global ecosystems, as well as responsibilities to the natural world, in terms of the complex interrelationships humans have with their environment.



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Environmental Ethics

  • Explain environmental ethics.
  • Compare schools of thought in environmental ethics.
  • Identify the roles that scientific, economic, philosophical, and ethical considerations can play in environmental issues.
  • Explain how ethics influence the human course of action regarding environmental issues.


  • Explain consequences of population growth as it relates to resource needs and environmental impact.
  • Analyze the ethics surrounding population growth and sustainability.
  • Evaluate environmental issues and ethics associated with traditional and alternative energies.
  • Evaluate the environmental issues and ethics associated with resource extraction and land use.


  • Explain the importance of biodiversity to the ecosystem and society.
  • Evaluate environmental issues and ethics associated with agriculture.
  • Evaluate environmental issues and ethics associated with fisheries.

Environmental Justice

  • Explain environmental justice, including the political and social aspects involved.
  • Evaluate environmental issues from an environmental justice perspective.

Environmental Policy

  • Identify key governmental policies that relate to environmental issues.
  • Analyze the role of science, economics, philosophy, and ethics in formulating government environmental policy.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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