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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

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Ashford University
  • 3 semester credits at Ashford University
  • Ashford University Equivalency: Elective (no lab)

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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809 Student Reviews
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by Vanessa D. on August 12, 2020
I really enjoyed this course. Having the material read to me was so much more effective.
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by Ghilvanich G. on August 12, 2020
Jensen Morgan was a great teacher
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by Michelle M. on August 11, 2020
Awesome class! Will definitely recommened!
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by Raymond H. on August 11, 2020
My second course with Sophia.org and not as good an experience as the first. This course was a lot less clear then expected, with the instructional designers using fewer resources (e.g. vocabulary lists, content/context in lessons, etc.) then my first course. This led to missed questions on assignments due to not knowing what a term clearly meant or having enough context to determine what the instructional designers wanted. While I still scored over 90%, I would have appreciated loosing points for more objective and clearly defined reasons other then not agreeing with the question/answer set provided. A good example of this is the course's approach to describing/defining biocentrism and ecocentrism and their respective questions, or on the intrinsic value of organisms.
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by Samuel C. on August 11, 2020
Very difficult course
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by Jennifer G. on August 11, 2020
I learned so much about environmental science! This course offered great material and really helpful tests.
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by Samuel D. on August 11, 2020
The instructor Jensen was really good. The course wasn't very hard either. My only complaints are that the infomation was presented very fast, and that it seems that the human person wasn't respected very much.
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by Cheryl-Anne P. on August 10, 2020
This self paced course was easy to navigate. The format is very user friendly.

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  • Q: What does "Try it for Free" mean?

    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    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.

  • Q: Does Sophia accept third-party payment for membership, such as financial aid or military benefits?

    A: Sophia is not a college or university and is not eligible for financial aid, military benefits, or other third-party payments. A Sophia membership is considered an out-of-pocket educational expense.

  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

    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.

  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?

    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 as part of a Sophia membership.

  • 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.

  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?

    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • 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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