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Upon completion of this course you will:
- Know and understand the levels of the ecological hierarchy.
- Appreciate the integration of natural processes that govern the natural world.
- Appreciate the importance of maintaining a sustaining biosphere for the continued presence of a human population on the earth.
- Understand the pragmatic and realistic difficulties of integrating human societal needs without further compromising ecological processes.
- Become familiar with the ecological background to global environmental problems.
- Realize the consequences of our individual and joint actions upon the biosphere.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: Earth's Systems
1. Flow of Energy
2. The Cycling of Matter
3. The Solid Earth
4. The Atmosphere
5. The Biosphere
Unit 2: Human Population Dynamics
6. History and Global Distribution
7. Carrying Capacity
8. Cultural and Economic Influences
Unit 3: Natural Resources
Unit 4: Environmental Quality
16. Air, Water and Soils
17. Solid Waste
18. Human Health
Unit 5: Global Changes
19. First-Order Effects
20. Higher-Order Effects
Unit 6: Environment and Society
21. Economic Forces
22. Culture and Aesthetic
23. Environmental Ethics
24. Environmental Laws and Regulations
25. Issues and Options
UCCP (Content Source);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "AP Environmental Science Online Course". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth November 20, 2008; Last revised Date January 10, 2011; Retrieved May 22, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/AP_Environmental_Science_Online_Course>