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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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Description

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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

Reviews

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223 Student Reviews
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by Tara C. on March 26, 2019
The information is REALLY interesting and it does make you think about your personal behaviors. I found my favorite formula for Sophia Courses--I print out the PDF and read along with the Sophia tutorial and highlight major points. That made the information stick with me much more and I will use this in my upcoming courses. I finished in 8 days (1-2 challenges per day--and I took 2 days off in between). Great course, but as usual, some of the questions are designed to trip you up. Final milestone easier than the unit milestones. Sophia is a gift!!
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by Pama F. on November 1, 2015
I think everyone needs to take this course for an awareness of our current and future resources. We all need to be aware of the damaging effects we have caused over the years. The tutorials are wonderful along with the transcripts for review.
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by William L. on January 31, 2016
Very rewarding class
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by Tyler R. on February 25, 2019
The material was very easy to understand. I also learned a few nuggets of information throughout that I will never forget. This was a 4 milestones course with 1 proctored exam at the end. Finished in 13 days.
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by Matthew M. on April 9, 2019
Great course. Completed in 4 hours total over 2 days.
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by Ashley L. on September 1, 2018
There should be more definitions and when a questions is missed, there is no explanation as to why like on the other courses I have taken. It is very helpful for when I don't understand.
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by Annette C. on January 15, 2019
The course was great, but I had issues with getting connected to Proctor U. It took forever to get started with the exam.
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by Aminata K. on January 30, 2016
Some questions are difficult to understand.

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    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

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    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included in the course tuition.

  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

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  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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