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SCI/256

General Education

PEOPLE, SCIENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Online

Format

$1,194

Estimated Tuition

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Total credits

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Course length

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Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Course level: Undergraduate

This in-depth environmental science course examines how people use science to understand how they relate to the environment. The course explores relationships between people and ecosystems, and the science behind how ecosystems work. It reviews the historical development of the environmental movement, interactions between humans and natural ecosystems, and more specifically, the role of a growing population and associated pressures on natural resources. This course further examines how economics, natural systems, and conservation are interrelated. The many forms of pollution as well as types of energy resources are addressed. This course challenges students to consider the impact of lifestyle choices on environmental sustainability.

Prerequisites

None

Required materials

The materials required for this course are covered in your resource fees.

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

  • Describe the historical development of the environmental movement.
  • Explain the role of science in environmental decision-making.
  • Explain the concept of carrying capacity and the implication a changing human population may have on the environment.
  • Explain how individual choices affect natural ecosystems.

  • Describe the structure and function of ecosystems.
  • Associate how humans affect the cycling of matter in ecosystems.
  • Examine the implication of species interactions on ecosystems.

  • Examine how the human population affects natural resources.
  • Describe water supply, use, and management.
  • Describe how agricultural practices impact the environment.
  • Compare fossil fuels with alternative energy resources.
  • Examine sustainable practices for natural resource management and energy use.

  • Examine the various types and sources of environmental pollution.
  • Determine the effects of environmental pollution on human and ecosystem health.
  • Explain the greenhouse effect, climate change, and its effects.
  • Identify treatments and preventative measures for environmental pollution.

  • Evaluate the role of economics in environmental issues.
  • Explain how cities function as systems and ways to make them more livable and sustainable.
  • Describe the effect of lifestyle choice on natural resource sustainability.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

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

Real-world instructors

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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Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

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Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.

The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. Although our continuing teacher education courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing teacher education courses are not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.