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Environmental Science

Sophia's Environmental Science course will help you develop an understanding of the scientific principles and processes that shape our environment, as well as the impact of human activities. You will apply knowledge of a wide range of environmental issues and policies in context, exploring topics such as natural resources, endangered species, pollution, and climate change. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem-based learning and real-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model features multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Environmental Science course teaches you about human impacts on the natural world. You will apply knowledge of a wide range of environmental issues in context, exploring topics such as natural resources, endangered species, pollution, and climate change. 

In Sophia's Environmental Science course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments, tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe Environmental Science
  • Apply Principles of Earth Science, Ecology, and Conservation
  • Articulate Impacts of Development, Agriculture, and Waste
  • Analyze Environmental Issues, Policies, and Solutions


57 Student Reviews
by Collin B. on May 4, 2017
favorite Sophia course very interesting
by Sarah R. on April 30, 2017
This was a great course
by Kelcey A. on April 24, 2017
lack of reading material, barely any videos are close captioned, all tutorials are videos. i prefer to learn by reading. questions phrased vaguely.
Sophia replied on April 24, 2017

Hi Kelcey— Congratulations on your successful course completion! For each lecture, there is one instructor's tutorial that is transcripted. However, we appreciate your feedback about providing more written instruction. If you take a future course with us, please feel free to reach out to the Learning Coach team, who is here to help whenever you need clarification about the material or assessment questions. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Deena S. on April 15, 2017
I enjoyed the class and the tutorials in this class were clear and concise which is not always the case with Sophia Thanks Deena
by Jennifer M. on April 5, 2017
Pretty interesting stuff! Good refresher of things learned in elementary & junior high school.
by Jens E. on April 5, 2017
Hello Sophia personnel, I appreciate the simplicity of your website. I have grown accustomed to ultra-complicated online programs with outdated technology. I am a teacher and am always hunting for ways to streamline education. Your site does it well. -Jens Erickson
by Rashmi S. on April 1, 2017
It's a good course. I just wished if there were written tutorials for some topics which makes it easier to hunt for information during the milestone exam.
Sophia replied on April 3, 2017

Hi Rashmi— Congratulations on your successful course completion! On your course dashboard, you will find a "Unit Tutorials" link next to the assessments for each unit; this tool organizes that unit's tutorials for easy access. I hope this helps in any future courses you take with us!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Lawrence P. on March 25, 2017
Learned many things I wasn't aware of relative to population, the environment and the impacts humans have on the environment.


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