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Environmental Science

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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Category: Math and Science

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Description

Environmental Science

Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe environmental science
  • Use and interpret graphs and charts
  • Apply the principles of earth science, ecology, and conservation
  • Identify the impacts of development, agriculture, and waste
  • Analyze environmental issues, policies, and solutions

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

Reviews

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182 Student Reviews
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by Ben S. on May 31, 2020
An excellent course, the Environmental Science course taught by Jensen Morgan and Sophia.org was educational and insightful. I would recommend this course to anyone.
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by Karin C. on May 31, 2020
Very easy course. I finished it in just a couple of hours.
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by Amiee S. on May 30, 2020
I really enjoyed this class. It taught me so much that I didn't know about our environment, but also a refesh on information that I had learned previously. It was a great course overall.
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by Leslianys H. on May 30, 2020
Excellent help me a lot understand a lot of things
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by tara m. on May 30, 2020
great class! You have to read the hints and tips to fully be able to answer the questions. wording can be tricky so pay super attention on the options for answers. Great info!
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by Cynthia C. on May 29, 2020
The negative side to this course, is when it comes to answering the questions, the way it is worded can be very tricky from the context. And sometimes there can be more than one right answer in the multiple choices, so then you find yourself trying to choose the most correct in their favor. The only nice thing I have to say is that the videos and reading are pretty straight forward to comprehend. But again, be careful when reading the questions and answering them. I was kind of prepared since I've some of the reviews on the course before I took it. I'm not happy with my passing grade. I might take another science course to raise my GPA.
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by Dania G. on May 29, 2020
Thank you!
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by Dewey D. on May 29, 2020
Science is not my favorite subject, but this course made the information easy to understand.

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