This course is part of the Introduction to Environmental Science open course series.
Earth's Environment: Soil, Water, and Air provides an introduction to environmental science, environmental literacy and the scientific process. We will explore Earth’s natural resources and discuss the importance of living in a sustainable manner and protecting our soil, water and air from human-made pollution. Some of the topics that will be covered include: environmental health and toxicology, persistent pollutants, U.S. Clean Air Act, U.S. Clean Water Act, Superfund sites, bioaccumulation and biomagnification, nonpoint source and point source pollution, resource conservation, waste management and sustainable living.
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
- Describe how hypotheses are generated and tested.
- Describe the importance of information literacy and ways logic can be distorted.
- Differentiate between water soluble versus fat soluble substances.
- Describe the additive, antagonistic, and synergistic effects of toxins.
- Describe the water cycle.
- Describe the steps of wastewater treatment and what occurs during each stage of treatment.
- Identify pathways for pollutants into and out of a watershed.
- Describe the Coriolis Effect and how it impacts global wind patterns.
- Describe the mechanism, sources, and chemical components of acid rain.
Target Audience: Undergraduate students and those with an interest in understanding the environment and climates of Earth a bit more.
Be sure to check out the other two courses in this series, listed below:
Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.