Emphasizes the impacts of human activity on the environment. Attention to resources at risk and pollutant fate and effects on ecosystems.
Dates: June 21 - July 16, 2021; Fully asynchronous online course
Summer ENSC1 is a fully online course designed to introduce you to key earth systems concepts and discipline specific skills necessary to address pressing environmental issues. As a fully online course, you will have flexibility in when you work through each module, with the ability to connect with each other through the asynchronous use of the YellowDig discussion board. While this flexibility is a plus, the condensed nature of this summer offering means that you will need to find significant time over the 4 week session to dedicate to completing this online work. Introduction to Environmental Sciences is designed for students interested in exploring the complex interactions between humans and environmental systems. We will explore ecological foundations and scientific principles to better understand how the coupled human-natural system works, and how science can be used to help solve environmental problems. We will also examine steps we can take as individuals to live more sustainably on our planet. The course will begin with an introduction to the fundamental concepts that underpin environmental science (scientific inquiry, systems thinking, sustainability science, critical thinking and problem solving frameworks). Then we’ll define key ecological principles and Earth systems (ecosystems, climate, biodiversity, hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere), so that at the end of the course we can apply those principles to specifically address human impacts on the environment.
This is a fully online course with an asynchronous structure. This means that we have no required meeting time. Instead we will use the YellowDig discussion board to chat, ask questions, share interesting ideas and generally get to know each other a little better. Each week, students will work through 3 content modules, for a total of 10 modules. Each module includes a variety of readings, videos and exploratory activities that culminate in an open book quiz and project activity. In addition to course modules, you will submit an Environmental Issue Project and complete cumulative, open-book, final exam in the last week.
Your final grade in ENSC 1 will be based on the following: • Weekly Module Content o 10 module quizzes (3 pts each) = 30% o 10 module activities (3 pts each) = 30% • Environmental Issue Project = 10% • YellowDig Discussion Participation = 10% • Final Exam (20%)
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