Introduction to Environmental Studies
Jason C. Neff, Environmental Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder
The material covers the ecological and physical aspects of environmental change and the socioeconomic, political, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Short course videos and corresponding PowerPoints are freely accessible for your use.
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Online course content resources
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate
Resources are used in an introductory environmental studies course (ENVS 1000) at the University of Colorado Boulder. It serves as a required course for undergraduate students in the environmental studies major. It also contributes to the general education Natural Sciences requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Resources also include Excel how-to video tutorials for students as well as an intro to graphing, calculations, and fitting trend lines to data.
The materials cover the ecological and physical aspects of environmental change and the socioeconomic, political, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Additional PowerPoints are available for use with "A Changing Planet" – a fully online test and assessment platform for Environmental Science written by Jason Neff.
Overarching learning objectives
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key biological and physical systems that influence the Earth's environment.
2. Explain how humans are changing the environment and describe the impacts of those changes.
3. Evaluate policies and other interventions that can be used to mitigate the impacts of human activity.
4. Use Excel to manipulate, graph, and analyze environmental data sets.
5. Demonstrate an ability to use quantitative information to evaluate human-natural system change.
- Weekly Recitations
- Weekly assessments
- Synchronous and asynchronous lectures
- STEM skills applications (graphs, data, calculations...)
- Discussions with students regarding the relevance to current local to global events
This course was designed to provide an introductory overview of ecological and physical aspects of environmental change and the socioeconomic, political, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth that are covered in depth within the major and that are highlighted in learning objectives for the course. Humanistic knowledge and meta knowledge are weaved throughout the course content and discussions.
Weekly assessments; TA/recitation periods, participation, and discussion; assignments. Tests and/or test examples are not included in the resources provided.
Syllabus for ENVS 1000 Environmental Studies Falll2020.pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 151kB Oct2 20)
See URL provided for PowerPoints and Videos. https://www.colorado.edu/silc/changing-planet-educational-resources
References and Notes:
A Changing Planet by Jason Neff (Pearson) and Revel app
Videos and PowerPoints are available on the site as are additional recommended resources.