Full course description

Course Date:

Started on Oct 2, 2017

Duration:

Ongoing

Commitment:

3 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

None

Description

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.

Objectives

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.


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Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.

Course Instructors

Brian Lower

Brian Lower

Lead Instructor

Brian Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2008. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from Kent State University in 1995 and a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in biochemistry and microbiology and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF and DOE.

Steven Lower

Steven Lower

Lead Instructor

Steven Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2003. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences and Conservation from Kent State University in 1994, a M.S. degree in Geochemistry from KSU in 1996 and a Ph.D. degree in Geomicrobiology from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in microbiology and geochemistry and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF, NIH and DOE.

Kylienne Shaul

Kylienne Shaul

Instructor

Kylienne is an instructor and instructional designer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Read More.

After receiving her M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University in 2014, Kylienne became involved in online curriculum development. She currently works with Ohio State faculty and staff to teach and develop rigorous online courses on a number of environmental topics. In addition to her work in environmental education, Kylienne also volunteers as a citizen scientist with the local watershed group, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

Ella Weaver

Ella Weaver

Instructor

Ella serves as the teaching associate for the course in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and assists in the day to day maintenance of the course. Read More.

Ella graduated with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University in 2016.