This physical science course introduces students to the study of climate, atmospheric composition, nutrient cycling, air and water pollution and water resources. Through discussions of these topics, students will better understand the complex issues surrounding the human ecological footprint, global climate change, degradation of water resources, reliance on fossil fuels for energy and industrial scale agricultural practices.
Learning objectives for this course are based on a definition of scientifically literacy in Environmental Science. This definition of scientific literacy is based on the National Science Education Standards (2011). After completing this course, students should:
Students will be assessed for the following Global Learning Outcomes with specific course outcomes listed below them.
Global Awareness – Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the scientific information and key concepts that underlie the functioning of natural systems with an emphasis on the interrelatedness of these systems with each other and human societies, as well as the negative impacts of environmental degradation on both.
Global Perspective – Students will be able to examine environmental issues within a multi-perspective framework that supports creative ideas to promote environmental sustainability.
Global Engagement – Students will demonstrate a willingness to reflect on their own relationship to the environment and take responsibility to reduce their own ecological footprint as well as engaging in local, global and intercultural environmental problem solving.
Late Assignment Policy
All assignments submitted after the assignment due date are subject to the following deductions.
|# of Days Late||Deduction|
|1 – 2||10%|
|3 – 5||15%|
|7 – 10||20%|
|10 – 14||25%|
|> 14||Cannot be submitted|
You must contact your instructor before attempting late assignments.
Online Assessment Issues Policy
If you encounter a problem when conducting an assessment (e.g., exam, quiz, discussion, etc.) and/or have problems uploading documents to the assignment dropbox, then you must contact FIU online for assistance. They will contact me with additional instructions at which point a determination will be made regarding the next course of action. There is no exception to this policy.
Proctored Exam Policy
This online section does not require an on-campus exam.
One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently, and learning to use your computer’s operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course; but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the “What’s Required” webpage to find out more information on this subject.
This course utilizes the following tools:
Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.
If a student has a disability and needs assistance with class, please contact the Disability Resource Center (GC 190; 305-348-3532). It is the responsibility of each student to work with the Center and Instructor to make arrangements as needed for their accommodations.
Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.
Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.
Students are expected to:
The instructor will:
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Communication in this course will take place via Canvas.
It is recommended that students check their inbox routinely and adjust the Canvas notification settings accordingly to ensure up-to-date communication.
Visit our Writing Resources webpage for more information on professional writing and technical communication skills.
Keep in mind that your discussion forum postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.
Discussions and participation are required, just as if you were in a face to face class. Online does not mean silent or student guided. The course will be dependent on thoughtful participation during the discussion forums. Responses such as ‘I agree’ or ‘yea…what he said’ will result in zero points of credit. You can earn your grade and exemplary participation will earn higher scores. Read the rubric below for more information. Each discussion requires an individual (1) post as well as two (2) responses (e.g., Peer Review)