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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Environmental Science? - Definition and Scope of the Field
Course SummaryEnvironmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. The course's self-paced and mobile-friendly format allows you to study whenever it's convenient. Completing the course can help you get ahead on your degree.
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The course objective of Environmental Science 101 is to examine the interaction of the environment and human populations, with an emphasis on resource use, waste, and sustainability.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Define environmental science and distinguish between conservation and preservation
- Identify and define ecosystems and habitats
- Evaluate the effects of pollution on ecosystems
- Illustrate the basics of atmospheric science, including how global warming affects weather patterns and climate
- Summarize elements of geological science that affect the environment, including tectonic plates and soil erosion
- Analyze issues affecting water resources, including aquifer depletion and water pollution.
- Explain issues around land use and ownership, including sustainable forest management and wilderness management
- Calculate the impact of the human population on the environment
- Appraise waste management procedures and strategies for reducing solid waste
- Compare reusable and nonrenewable energy sources, including solar energy and fossil fuels
- Summarize human behaviors that threaten the environment and identify strategies for sustainable consumption
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Environmental Science 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Environmental Science 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Environmental Science 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Environmental Science||Examine the field of environmental science and the history of the environmental movement in the United States. Learn how to apply the scientific method to solve environmental problems.|
|Ecosystems and the Effects of Pollution||Get information on ecosystems, habitats, ecological niches, biodiversity, food chains and energy flow. Look at the nitrogen cycle, global warming, acid rain, and fossil fuels.|
|Habitats & Ecosystems||Explore carrying capacity, conservation biology, and ecological balance.|
|The Evolution of Ecosystems||Learn about biomes, including desert, tropical rain forest, savanna, taiga and grasslands. Discuss the theory of evolution, natural selection, and adaptation.|
|Meteorology and the Environment||Dig into forces that alter the Earth's surface and atmosphere. Learn about the ozone layer, air pollution, and acid deposition.|
|Geology and the Environment||Study the Earth's surface features with lessons on ground and surface water, minerals, and soil conservation.|
|Biological Science||Look at life on Earth by studying biological diversity, ecosystems of oceans and fresh water, pollution, invasive species, and conservation biology.|
|Causes and Effects of Freshwater Pollution||Explore issues surrounding water resources and the Earth's water supply. Gain an understanding of water conservation start, pollution, and treatment.|
|The Relationship Between Land and the Environment||Examine the causes and consequences of deforestation. Learn about sustainable forest management, rangelands, wilderness areas, and managing federal public lands.|
|Effects of Population Growth on the Environment||Discuss influences on population size, and look at ways population can affect resource consumption and economic conditions. Define carrying capacity, and examine overpopulation versus overconsumption.|
|Environmental Impact of Agriculture||Examine problems in agriculture, such as loss of arable land and declines in plants and animal varieties. See benefits and drawbacks related to the green revolution and the use of pesticides.|
|Solid and Hazardous Waste||Review the types of solid waste, features of modern sanitary landfills and mass burn incinerators, and the definition of integrated waste management. Learn about hazardous waste and green chemistry.|
|Human Impact on the Environment||Find out how to use the IPAT equation to determine human impact on the environment. Look at the impacts of the agricultural and industrial revolutions and see what problems have come from the industrial development of emerging nations.|
|Renewable Resources and the Environment||Get information on solar energy, biomass as a source for energy, wind energy, tidal energy and geothermal energy. Discover the differences between energy efficiency and energy conservation and see examples.|
|Nonrenewable Resources||Examine the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuel use, including environmental problems caused by their extraction and use. Explore nuclear energy and the risks associated with nuclear power plants.|
|Environmental Sustainability||Define environmental sustainability and give examples of its applications. Learn about sustainable development and consumption.|
|Analyzing Environmental Risks||Get information on types of environmental health, and look at environmental toxicants. Learn about diseases caused by environmental toxicants and emerging diseases that are linked to changes in the environment.|
|Impact of Environmental Policy||Discuss environmental world views, ethics, and human values and see how they relate to environmental problems. Learn about environmental justice, legislation, and decision making.|
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|Completed the entire Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity course and achieved 100% Course Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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4. Get Exam Results
We will send you an email with your official exam results within 1 to 2 weeks. If you would like to raise your grade after receiving your exam results, you can retake quizzes with fewer than 3 attempts. You will then need to retake the final exam.
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