Science 230 is a fully online course that addresses environmental issues currently faced by humankind. There are no science prerequisites for the course. The course requires that the student be interested in the environment and able to read The New York Times, either in print or online, for articles on the environment. The course requires two or three writing assignments every week, reading chapters in the book, watching online videos and reading posted lectures. There will also be some at-home exercises for you to do and write up. There are deadlines for all assignments.
Goals and Objectives
Objective of Course: At the end of this course, the student should be more aware of the environment around themselves and of the Earth in general. The student should be able to find sources of information about environmental situations. The student should be able to analyze newspaper articles and give critical reviews within a specified framework.
Learning Objectives: Recognize the range of environmental issues in the news Be able to identify ecosystems and how they function interactively Be able to look at lifestyles relative to sustainability Consider energy alternatives, citing benefits and costs of each Recognize the human impact upon the Earth Appreciate the abundance of clean water in the US and how it stays that way Recognize waste treatment options and waste reduction.