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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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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.

by Lauryn S. on June 22, 2020
From a Christian perspective, a lot of the info about the big bang and evolution is inaccurate, but overall, it was a relatively easy course and I finished it in a short amount of time. I probably could have done the whole thing in a day.
by Adam R. on July 14, 2020
The quiz and final exam were more focused on trying to trick the student with all the "Which is NOT an option" question selections. I am back in school for the first time in 15 years and I'm looking for facts, not mind games.
by Rebecca Q. on July 12, 2020
I am not a fan of exams and milestones in the double negative false situations, especially if they are close in answer to something read. The idea is to test my knowledge, not trick me into not choosing the right answer.
by C L. on June 10, 2020
it is a sad trend that most of the questions are out to try and trick you.
by Tiffany V. on July 29, 2020
This class is not about Environmental Science (ecology, biodiversity, geology, soil science, zoology, mineralogy, etc), but rather it largely focuses on the depletion of non-renewable resources (all four units emphasize this) and the so-called ethics behind not eating meat. Of much concern is that human population control is a heavily reoccurring theme of all four units and Milestones. Some fear-inducing lessons taken directly from the coursework: "All environmental issues are worsened by a growing population." and in an effort to combat climate change, countries should be "Limiting the number of children families can have through policy." A government policy to limit the number of children families can have... reads like it came from a radical manifesto.
by Erik G. on April 27, 2020
Thanks Sophia, great course overall. (FYI: Missing PDF for Unit 4 tutorials)
by Ksenia E. on June 10, 2020
Course is very educational however milestone questions are not accurately developed which misrepresents the concepts of the challenges. I think some of these milestone questions have to be seriously revised and rewritten for future students sake.
by J'Nae R. on April 30, 2020
It was very simple for me to understand. Only thing I struggled with were the trick questions because the article would say something different than the question was asking but OVERALL this was a great SIMPLE course! Completed it in 2 days!


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