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Introduction to Environmental Sciences
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This course offers a broad overview of physical, chemical, biological, geological, principles ...

This course offers a broad overview of physical, chemical, biological, geological, principles of environmental sciences, and serves as a core course for EEOS majors. Examples will focus on linked watershed and coastal marine systems. The student will be introduced to natural processes and interactions in the atmosphere, in the ocean, and on land. There is a focus on biogeochemical cycling of elements as well as changes of these natural cycles with time, especially with recent anthropogenic effects. Topics include plate tectonics, global climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, oceanography, ecosystem health, and natural resources.

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Environmental Science
Physical Science
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UMass Boston
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UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Robert Chen
Environmental Science Gallery Walk
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Gallery walk activity that relies on students' prior knowledge of environmental issues ...

Gallery walk activity that relies on students' prior knowledge of environmental issues as an introductory activity in a general education, large-lecture format environmental science class.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Rachel Headley
AP Environmental Science
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This University of California College Prep (UCCP) Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science ...

This University of California College Prep (UCCP) Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science online course has five objectives: Describe the six different forms of energy and the type of work done by each form. Discuss the roles of sources and sinks in an energy budget. Define the Law of Conservation of Energy, and explain how the operation of fuel cell vehicles illustrates this principal. Name the units with which energy, power, and force are measured and described. Use energy flow within a house to explain both theoretical and practical aspects of energy use and conservation.

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Environmental Science
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Rice University
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University Of California College Prep
Seminar in Environmental Science, Spring 2008
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Required for all Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences majors in the Environmental ...

Required for all Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences majors in the Environmental Science track, this course is an introduction to current research in the field. Stresses integration of central scientific concepts in environmental policy making and the chemistry, biology, and geology environmental science tracks. Revisits selected core themes for students who have already acquired a basic understanding of environmental science concepts. The topic for this term is geoengineering.

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Environmental Science
Geology
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rothman, Daniel
AP Environmental Science Course Material
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One of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of teaching an advanced ...

One of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of teaching an advanced placement environmental science course is finding enriching field and lab activities for your students. These labs have been developed by an experienced team of environmental science educators in partnership with the Environmental Literacy Council. Each lab has been the subject of an extensive peer review by a number of experienced environmental science educators. The content of this initial collection is varied, and APES teachers and students in different areas around the country should be able to complete each of the labs. These initial labs are not typical cookbook variety. They each contain an inquiry-based component. Over time, additional labs and tools for new and experienced teachers will be added to the collection.

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Environmental Science
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Activities and Labs
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Environmental Literacy Council
Galeet Cohen Teaches Environmental Science
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High school environmental science students at Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ...

High school environmental science students at Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania search for contaminated water wells in a classroom simulation to see if a pattern of leukemia cases might be related to groundwater contamination.Students exploration is based on A Civil Action, a nonfiction account of a water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts. Using a map of the area and a budget of $30,000, students make decisions about which wells to test and record data about groundwater contamination based on a simulated test for tricholoroethylene (TCE). Analyzing data from the entire class, students identify two potential point sources and discuss whether or not their evidence supports a connection to a cluster of leukemia cases in the area.

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Environmental Science
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Teaching Channel
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Teaching Channel
Survey of Environmental Science (ENVS 100)
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This is a survey course in which we will discuss the science ...

This is a survey course in which we will discuss the science behind historical and current environmental issues. We will discuss the major threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function. We will study how human activities have affected the limited resources of our planet. We will learn how air, water and soil degradation have affected human health. Lastly, we will explore the emerging field of sustainability, what it means, and how it is being applied in todayęs world.

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Environmental Science
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Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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Open Course Library
AMS Environmental Science Seminar Series
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Archive of the Environmental Science Seminar Series, sponsored by the American Meteorological ...

Archive of the Environmental Science Seminar Series, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), presenting talks by major research scientists. The series is aimed at the general public and moderated by Dr. Anthony Socci (Senior Science Fellow, AMS). The archive includes summaries, powerpoint presentations (in HTML and PDF), and speaker biographies for each of the seminars, which have been offered approximately once a month since May 2005. The June 2007 presentation by Dr. Naomi Oreskes (History, UCSD), entitled "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: How Do We Know We Are Not Wrong?" is accompanied by the full text of her chapter by the same title in DeMento and Doughman, eds., Climate Change (MIT Press, 2007).

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Environmental Science
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The investigation of interesting environmental problems through the use of computer modeling ...

The investigation of interesting environmental problems through the use of computer modeling and simulation techniques.

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Computer Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Instructional Material
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Shodor
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CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Environmental Science Cases Created by LifeLines Workshop Participants (Title altered)
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This site contains a list of Ecology/Environmental Science projects, or case modules, ...

This site contains a list of Ecology/Environmental Science projects, or case modules, created by Lifelines OnLine workshops (LLOL) participants. These cases are grouped by topic. Most cases are still undergoing field testing and may be updated. The user can link to each case on the list.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
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Readings
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
AP Environmental Science: Flow of Energy
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This text is designed to acquaint students with the physical, ecological, social, ...

This text is designed to acquaint students with the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science. Scientific method is used to analyze and understand the interrelationships between humans and the natural environment. This test shows how ecological realities and the material desire of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution.

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Environmental Science
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Rice University
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Connexions
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University Of California
AP Environmental Science: Environmental Laws and Regulations
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Although environmental laws are generally considered a 20th century phenomenon, attempts have ...

Although environmental laws are generally considered a 20th century phenomenon, attempts have been made to legislate environmental controls throughout history. In 2,700 B.C., the middle-eastern civilization in Ur passed laws protecting the few remaining forests in the region.....

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Environmental Science
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Rice University
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Connexions
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University Of California
University Of California College Prep
AP Environmental Science: Minerals
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The earth's crust is composed of many kinds of rocks, each of ...

The earth's crust is composed of many kinds of rocks, each of which is an aggregate of one or more minerals. In geology, the term mineral describes any naturally-occurring solid substance with a specific composition and crystal structure......

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Rice University
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University Of California
University Of California College Prep
AP Environmental Science: Biological
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The needs of humans and the living organisms and processes that comprise ...

The needs of humans and the living organisms and processes that comprise the biosphere are inextricably connected. Because of this connection the proper management of biological resources requires that genetic diversity and suitable habitats be maintained.

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Rice University
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Connexions
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University Of California
University Of California College Prep
AP Environmental Science: Land
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The concept of land use (i.e., the way a particular piece of ...

The concept of land use (i.e., the way a particular piece of land is utilized by humans and other living organisms), seems at first glance a simple and straightforward subject on the surface. Humans use land to build cities where they live (residential land) and work (commercial land).....

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Rice University
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Connexions
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University Of California
University Of California College Prep
AP Environmental Science: Soils
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Soil plays an important role in land ecosystems. In order for a ...

Soil plays an important role in land ecosystems. In order for a community of producers and consumers to become established on land, soil must be present. Furthermore, soil quality is often a limiting factor for population growth in ecosystems. Soil is a complex mixture of inorganic materials, organic materials, microorganisms, water and air. Its formation begins with the weathering of bedrock or the transport of sediments from another area. These small grains of rock accumulate on the surface of the earth. There they are mixed with organic matter called humus, which results from the decomposition of the waste and dead tissue of organisms. Infiltrating rainwater and air also contribute to the mixture and become trapped in pore spaces. This formation process is very slow (hundreds to thousands of years), and thus soil loss or degradation can be very detrimental to a community.

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Environmental Science
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Activities and Labs
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Provider:
Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
University Of California
AP Environmental Science: Water
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Water is an abundant substance on earth and covers 71 percent of ...

Water is an abundant substance on earth and covers 71 percent of the earth's surface. Earth’s water consists of three percent freshwater and 97 percent saltwater. All living organisms require water in order to live. In fact, they are mostly comprised of water. Water is also important for other reasons: as an agent of erosion it changes the morphology of the land; it acts as a buffer against extreme climate changes when present as a large body of water, and it helps flush away and dilute pollutants in the environment.

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Environmental Science
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Rice University
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Connexions
Author:
University Of California
University Of California College Prep
AP Environmental Science: Environmental Ethics
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The concept of ethics involves standards of conduct. These standards help to ...

The concept of ethics involves standards of conduct. These standards help to distinguish between behavior that is considered right and that which is considered wrong. As we all know, it is not always easy to distinguish between right and wrong, as there is no universal code of ethics......

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Rice University
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Connexions
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University Of California
University Of California College Prep
Resources for Environmental Literacy: Science-Environment Modules for Teachers
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This page of the Environmental Literacy Council site provides access to a ...

This page of the Environmental Literacy Council site provides access to a collection of professional development materials for middle- and high-school science teachers: five downloadable modules on biodiversity; climate change; earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis; radioactive waste; and genetically modified crops. The modules are intended to build skills in critical thinking and analytical reasoning about these issues. Each includes background information detailing the environmental context of each topic, recommends supplementary texts and online teaching resources, and suggests activities. The modules may be downloadable from the site for free; they are also collected into a paperback (189 pp.) for purchase from NSTA Press. The page also connects to additional ELC teaching materials on air and climate, land and land use, water, ecosystems, energy, food, and environment and society. These resources feature an overview of the topic and include extensive lists of relevant online materials.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Instructional Material
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Provider:
NSDL Staff
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Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Environmental Health Science and Technology Education
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This site aims to increase student interest and preparation in the environmental ...

This site aims to increase student interest and preparation in the environmental health sciences so that they are aware of science career opportunities, and to increase public awareness about the impact of environmental agents on human health so that all citizens can lead healthy and productive lives.

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Activities and Labs
Provider:
National Institutes of Health
Provider Set:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences