Introduction to Environmental Science

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Introduction to Environmental Science, ENVX, was first offered in early 2015.

Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activity.  To understand current environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological and chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This course will give you the skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing today by examining scientific principles and the application of those principles to natural systems.  This course will survey some of the many environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering the sustainability of human activities on the planet.

Environmental impacts on Earth come from the number of people and the amount and types of resources that they use. By applying scientific principles and considering real-world examples, we will examine:...

Introduction to Environmental Science, ENVX, was first offered in early 2015.

Environmental science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activity.  To understand current environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological and chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This course will give you the skills necessary to address the environmental issues we are facing today by examining scientific principles and the application of those principles to natural systems.  This course will survey some of the many environmental science topics at an introductory level, ultimately considering the sustainability of human activities on the planet.

Environmental impacts on Earth come from the number of people and the amount and types of resources that they use. By applying scientific principles and considering real-world examples, we will examine:

  • The field of environmental science and how to think like an environmental scientist
  • The human population and the ways in which changes in the population affect the environment
  • Agriculture, soils and the environmental implications of eating meat, vegetables, local, organic, sustainable, industrial and other types of food
  • Non-renewable fossil fuels with a focus on coal, petroleum and natural gas and the benefits and consequences of using each
  • Renewable fuels such as wind and solar and identify that even renewable “green” energy sources have impacts as well as benefits
  • Biodiversity and global change, which are the integrating units of environmental science

Education method
The course will utilize video lectures, interviews with experts, readings, discussions, multiple choice and prompted discussions and one graded quiz per week. There will also be several optional live office hours on Google Hangouts.

Completion of self-assessments, contributions to discussion and quiz scores will determine the final grade. 

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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent videos. This course serves as a great intro to more detailed coverage of current developments of envoronmental mistakes of governments the world over are making.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
This is an excellent course for me as I will be studying Environmental Management soon and it has opened up my mind. And on the other note to stimulate my knowledge on the environmental impacts caused by us humans to our environment.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
I find the course awesome. The instructors are good and are articulate and able to impart well their topics. A student can clearly understand about the subject and definitely good for an introductory course. In my part, I now understand the basic concepts of the study on environmental science. This course greatly helps me especially that I am in chemistry field. I am working as a chemist in a minerals and geoscience testing laboratory and I can apply the learnings from this course to my field. I've 91% passing grade upon completion. I understand that the verified certificate option was already closed because it's an archived course. However, I still expect to get an Honor Code certificate like other archived courses offered in year 2015. I am an avid edX learner and got certificates after finishing courses. I hope I can still get an Honor Code certificate on one of these days or the verified certificate option will be opened again... I find the course awesome. The instructors are good and are articulate and able to impart well their topics. A student can clearly understand about the subject and definitely good for an introductory course. In my part, I now understand the basic concepts of the study on environmental science. This course greatly helps me especially that I am in chemistry field. I am working as a chemist in a minerals and geoscience testing laboratory and I can apply the learnings from this course to my field. I've 91% passing grade upon completion. I understand that the verified certificate option was already closed because it's an archived course. However, I still expect to get an Honor Code certificate like other archived courses offered in year 2015. I am an avid edX learner and got certificates after finishing courses. I hope I can still get an Honor Code certificate on one of these days or the verified certificate option will be opened again. Thanks so much and more power to Darmouth and edX!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
I really liked this course, it refreshed my memory on many topics. Some interviews were a very nice surprise. The way the information is selected, presented and reviewed seems just right for an introductory course. They should definitely make another one that's medium or advanced level.
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3 years, 11 months ago
A good introduction to the many aspects of environmental science. The course doesn't focus with extreme details in any particular topic but has a very good balance on lots of them, a feature usually not seen in other MOOCs of similar topics. It's the first environmental science course I have seen that give enough attention to the very interesting role of soil in land ecosystems.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
I took this course this year. It is very good. This was my first online course. I wanted to learn about this subject. I had some trouble with the edX platform. I watched some of the videos, which were very good. The weekly graded exams were challenging. I missed some of them due my lack of time. I learned a lot about this subject. I am retired and I graduated from Dartmouth in 1968. My thanks to Professor Friedland.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
It is really good, clear and concise, also refresh my knowledge of topics forgotten. If you want to run into the environmental business i strongly recomend you, to take this program.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
It was great hearing such matters in deep. I liked the way the course has been performed with a kind of in and out class lectures, some training in field, many guest to share their success and specific knowledge in environmental matters.I work in environmental field and the course has satisfied my expectations. I hope that it could be schedule a new course to continue learning on environmental science.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
I enjoyed learning new things, and the pace was good. However, there's a large focus on example-based learning, which may not be the best given the short time frame of this course. Nonetheless, Introduction to Environmental Science is an engaging and well-paced start to anybody interested in the subject.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
The course is very informative and will help me to check in what activities i do that affect climate change.I am also in a position to discuss and advise those who increase global warming by their activities. The facilitator is very eloquent and explains in very simple terms.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
The ENVX course was simply, concisely put, the delivery by Prof Andy and his was fantastic. The course content were intriguing, the quizzes challenging and educative. With life field trips and interviews to buttress our learning also sharing experiences to learn from . The course provider did a good job . it was worth the while Welldone and God bless you all.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
The course was a good introductory course. The instructor had a great teaching style with appropriate teaching tools at hand. The course lectures were easy to follow and the quizzes + discussions were good measures of learning. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wishes to get a taste of environmental science.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
This course broaden my knowledge about environmental science. The contents, the classes, the videos, all the material is interesting. The way the course is organized, the way the instructor explains, really excellent. Thank you.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Very well structured and delivered. Audio-visual content is succinct and cogently presented. Print handouts offer more depth and detail. The material is accessible and engaging, making for an enriching learning experience. Altogether a really good introduction to environmental science.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
The course content was interesting and thorough for an introductory course. I really enjoyed it although I did not complete the Discussion portions, which are really assignments that help cement the content. This course is great for anyone interested in environmental science. Dashboard is easy to understand, coursework great. Activities just right.
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4 years, 4 months ago
It was a great experience once again , for me, since this is my second MOOC course. I thought I knew a lot, and with this course, I realized , I still have so much to in Environmental Science. I hope that there will be a follow up on the intro, and advance course maybe?, I will surely enroll again,being an environmental agency employee in my country. Thanks to our professors , to Dartmouth College and eDX. Kudos! The course is great as a whole, the content is okay as it discussed about the basic ecology and the relevant topics for application (e.g about energy conservation etc). The instructors are nice and have imparted the necessary learning to the students. eDX is great as well. thanks Dartmouth College, although I'm still finishing the 5th and 6th weeks. I wish there will be a follow up Environmental Science course to this.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course content and instructor the course introduced the basics of all environmental science in easy way
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4 years, 4 months ago
This is one of the most enjoyable course ever! Its content was very clear, accurate and entertaining, i like the way Professor Andy and the team, approached to all the subjects. I will miss it :) I hope there is a second, third, forth, etc. part of this course!!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
this course really broaden my knowledge on this topic, the instructors were great and its really enjoyable in doing the course. the topics were perfectly presented.I will be waiting for any new courses from Dartmouth in my related field.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
It has been an outstanding experience. It has helped me better understand how much we need to protect our environment and also teach others on how best to protect and preserve our environment for ourselves and the future generations. We can only live a safer and better life if we protect our environment from all the activities that would degrade the environment.
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4 years, 4 months ago
I absolutely loved this course and can not wait to take another course about Environmental Science. The format was excellent, I learned from other participants from around the world and felt like I traveled without paying for a ticket. I found other individuals with the same concerns I have and was able to make connections to my other learnings. They way this class is taught helps all types of learners by having transcripts, captions and videos. Lots of examples and great dialog. Thank you Dartmouth for an outstanding class.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
What a great platform ENVX is, to be able to bring real global concerns to everyday people who may never see it, for free! Kudo's to you all for taking this step by showing your concern and making it available. I would gladly pay for additional courses along this line.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
first of all i (Anu Arora) from delhi, india would like to thank you a lot for such a good guidance. Your of teaching is really recommendable.Your lecture videos have literally touched the core of my heart and inspired me to take some project regarding the conservation of resources and saving our mother earth.
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4 years, 4 months ago
I think this course is very useful to everyone who cares about global environment. Andy Friedland and his team are so knowledgeable and so professional. I enjoyed every piece of information in this course. I recommend this course very strongly.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course!!! Professor Friedland is an amazing teacher, the course work is enjoyable, you'll learn quite a lot from the video lectures, interviews, field trips, suggested readings and course materials. I highly recommend this course!!!!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent videos, great information's, make easy to understand environmental science, situation and situation. Very important how every single person can make environmental situation.
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4 years, 4 months ago
goo course, interesing an useful knowlege, professor showed in easy ways the terms asociate with since, things obligatory to know in those times, for me it was interesing to read additionals texts, and makes knowledge wider about some topic
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4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent. Fun. Enjouyable. Knowleadable. Content were designed in scientific manner starting from basic introduction to deep understanding. Prof. Andy is great teacher, I really enjoyed studying and would like to take other courses from him too. Please notify me. eDX is best platform for Online study I have experienced yet.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
The videos were short and excellent . The study materials were too good. Really liked the course. I would really appreciate the promptness with which my questions were answered. Thank you for the cooperation. Looking forward to take more of such courses.
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4 years, 4 months ago
I acknowledge the effort that has been put into this course. Though the content is very basic, It is perfectly fine to get started with.Instructor was very effective in communicating his views and creating a space of curiosity.
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