Online Environmental Science Courses

Summer Session 2023

Summer 2023 Online Environmental Science Courses


During Summer 2023, 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 or synchronous format. 

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 and Resource Policy (ARE 2434E)

ARE 2434E

Emergence of environmental policies from the local, legal, and regulatory angles. Formalization and structure of environmental policy with a focus on the hurdles, design, and implementation of policy, particularly air and water policy. Suitable for all majors.

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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 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

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.

Environmental Philosophy (PHIL 1108E)

PHIL 1108E

Philosophical issues raised by humanity’s interaction with its environment. Topics may include ethical and policy ramifications of the use of non-human animals for food, medicine, and scientific inquiry; whether the natural world has a status calling for its protection or preservation; obligations to future generations; environmental justice; and movements such as deep ecology, ecofeminism, and social ecology. CA 1.

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded