AP Environmental Science Online Course

January 10, 2011, 1:34 pm
Source: UCCP
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Course Objectives:

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

9. Water
10. Minerals
11. Soils
12. Biological
13. Non-Renewable
14. Renewable
15. Land

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



(2011). AP Environmental Science Online Course. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/149774


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