Online Environmental Science Courses

Summer Session 2022

Summer 2022 Online Environmental Science Courses


During Summer 2022, UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources offers a number of fully online environmental, natural resources and sustainability courses.

Online summer courses can help you get ahead, save money, or catch-up. All of UConn’s online environmental science classes are taught by UConn instructors and are delivered within an asynchronous format. You can participate at any time of day from nearly anywhere.

If you are a student from another school, you can take UConn summer classes online and transfer them to your home institution (you should check with your home institution to ensure transferability). With UConn’s online environmental science summer courses, you’re attending classes at one of the nations top-ranked public institutions.

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Environmental Health (AH 3175E)

AH 3175E

Course will focus on the environmental health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals, food contaminants and radiation. Basic principles of toxicology will be discussed, followed by lectures on specific topics such as cancer, occupational hazards, radiation, genetic biomonitoring, risk assessment techniques, risk/benefit analysis, social/legal aspects of regulating toxic chemicals, and other related topics.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1102; CHEM 1122; open to Allied Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies and Engineering majors, others with instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: a course in animal anatomy and physiology.

Global Climate Change and Human Societies (ANTH 1010E)

ANTH 1010E

A multidisciplinary examination of the nature, anthropogenic drivers, range of expressions, and impacts of contemporary and future global climate change as well as cultural understandings of this significant environmental process and diverse human responses to it. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.

Population, Food, and the Environment (ARE 1110E)

ARE 1110E

This course will explore the role of agriculture in the growth and development of societies throughout the world.

Curriculum focuses on the economic, social, and environmental problems of food production and resource needs in developing and advanced societies.

Note: Content Area 2

Economics of the Oceans (ECON 2467)

ECON 2467

Course curriculum is focused on the economies of industries that use and manage ocean resources, and includes exploration of topics such as:

  • Applications of industrial organization.
  • Law and economics.
  • Natural resource theory.
  • Environmental economics.

Prerequisites: ECON 1200 or 1201.

Environmental Economics (ECON 3466E)

ECON 3466E

Application of economic reasoning to environmental issues. Topics include air and water pollution and the management of natural resources; market failure and environmental regulation; market-based mechanisms; cost-benefit analysis, environmental valuation, and program evaluation; environmental justice from an economic perspective.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: ECON 2201 or 2211Q

General Ecology (EEB 2244E)

EEB 2244E

Fundamental ecological dynamics of communities, populations, and ecosystems, including how humans impact the health and well-being of the natural world, the concept of ecosystem services, and the synergy between conservation of the biota and sustainability. Emphasis in discussion sections is on reading primary literature, problem-solving, scientific method, and sampling techniques.

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108

Grading Basis: Graded

Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (ENVE 2310E)

ENVE 2310E

Course content focuses on concepts from aqueous chemistry, biology, and physics applied in a quantitative manner to environmental problems and solutions.

Course includes exploration of:

  • Mass and energy balances.
  • Chemical reaction engineering.
  • Quantitative and fundamental description of water and air pollution problems.
  • Environmental regulations and policy.
  • Pollution prevention.
  • Risk assessment.

Course activities include written and oral reports.

Prerequisites: CHEM 1128 or 1148

Introduction to Environmental Studies (EVST 1000E)

EVST 1000E

Interdisciplinary survey of relationships between humans and nature; investigation of specific environmental themes and contemporary issues. CA 2.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Climate, Weather, and the Environment (GEOG 1300E)

GEOG 1300E

Course curriculum explores the interactions between weather and climate and the human and natural environment with emphasis on understanding the linkages between natural processes and societal/environmental issues. 

Note: Content Area 3

Climate Change: Current Geographic Issues (GEOG 2320E)

GEOG 2320E

The science, impacts, and politics of climate change from a geographic perspective. Examination of physical mechanisms, extreme weather events, impacts on water, food and energy systems, impacts on polar regions, energy strategies and solutions, policy and negotiations, and mitigation and adaptation strategies. CA 2.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.

Introduction to Sustainable Cities (GEOG 2400E)

GEOG 2400E

Course curriculum will explore the pathways to make cities more sustainable from social, economic, and environmental perspectives.

Topics will include:

  • Sustainable transportation.
  • Renewable energy.
  • Recycling of waste.
  • Green infrastructure in contemporary metropolitan areas in developed and developing nations.

Note: Content Area 2 & 4-INT

History of the Ocean (HIST 2210E)

HIST 2210E

Course explores the cultural, environmental, and geopolitical history of the ocean from prehistory to the present and examines the impact of migration, industrialization, modernization, and globalization on the relationships between people and oceans.

Note: Content area 1

Global Environmental History (HIST 2222E)

HIST 2222E

Transformations of the global environment since 1450: the effects of human practices and ideas, especially on energy, landscapes, and commodities. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.

The Sea Around Us (MARN 1001E)

MAST 1001E

The relationship of humans with the marine environment. Exploitation of marine resources, development and use of the coastal zone, and the impact of technology on marine ecosystems. Taught at Storrs and Avery Point. CA 3.

Also offered as: MARN 1001E

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.

Environmental Science (NRE 1000E)

NRE 1000E

An introduction to basic concepts and areas of environmental concern and how these problems can be effectively addressed.

Topics include:

  • Human population.
  • Ecological principles.
  • Conservation of biological resources.
  • Biodiversity.
  • Croplands, rangelands, forestlands.
  • Soil and water conservation.
  • Pollution and water management.
  • Wildlife and fisheries conservation. 

Note: Content Area 3

Environmental Conservation (NRE 1235E)

NRE 1235E

Course provides an overview of the history of natural resource use and environmental conservation policy development from prehistoric to present times.

An examination of the emergence of the 20th century conservation movement in North America and the transition to the environmental movement is used to highlight recurring environmental issue themes such as:

  • Private ownership vs. public trust doctrine.
  • Commercial trade in natural resources.
  • Development vs. protection.
  • Sustainability
  • The role of society and governments in regulation.

Through selected readings and case studies, students are challenged to begin development of their personal ethics regarding the development, conservation and protection of the environment. 

Note: Content Area 3

Introduction to Water Resources (NRE 2215E)

NRE 2215E

Introduction to surface and ground water resource assessment, development and management. Integration of scientific, legal, environmental and human factors that enter into developing and maintaining sustainable water resources. Examines current and future plight of water shortages and water quality issues here and abroad. Three class periods and two field trips (two virtual field trips if taken online).

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: NRE 1000 and GSCI 1050.

Global Sustainable Natural Resources (NRE 2600E)

NRE 2600E

Sustainable management of natural resources across cultural, political, and ecological boundaries. Topics include marine and fresh waters, forests, food production, and urban development. CA 4-INT.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None.

Meteorology (NRE 3145)

NRE 3145

Within this introductory-level survey course in meteorology, curriculum will cover weather and climate processes. The course is designed to provide students with the basics that govern meteorological processes. The focus of the course concerns the physics that helps us to better understand weather and climate, rather than analysis skills. Students will learn the basis on which meteorological processes are formed through tracking of what we observe out our windows and in the news paired with application of knowledge gained within the coursework. This course further explores the lifecycles of events such as mid-latitude cyclones and hurricanes.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Climatology (NRE 3146)

NRE 3146

As an introductory study of climatology, this course focuses on the fundamentals of climatology including the elements, processes, and mechanisms that govern or affect the climate and climate change. We will dig deep into climatological processes, climate across space, and climate through time via a number of theories and observations brought to you within easy-to-follow modules that we’ll explore together. Students will be exposed to a broad spectrum of scientific methods for climatic analysis and applications.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: None

Environmental Law (NRE 3245E)

NRE 3245E

An overview of environmental law including the common law principles of nuisance, negligence, and trespass. Students will become acquainted with legal research techniques; emphasis will be on federal, state, and municipal programs addressing clear air, clean water, hazardous waste, inland wetlands, coastal zone management, and prime agricultural farm land and aquifer protection.

3.00 credits
Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.