Online Environmental Science Courses

Summer Session 2020

Summer 2020 Online Environmental Science Courses


During Summer 2020, 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.

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

Environmental and Resource Policy (ARE 3434E)

ARE 3434E

Course content focuses on the economic and policy aspects of natural resource use and environmental quality issues.

Note: Designed for students with diverse departmental affiliations.

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.

General Ecology (EEB 2244E)

EEB 2244E

Course explores 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.

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108

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

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

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

The Human Epoch: Living in the Anthropocene (GSCI 1000E)

GSCI 1000E

This course will make you a more effective planetary citizen by putting today’s major environmental issues such as climate change, ecosystem disruption, and human consumption into the context of deep time.

The course curriculum:

  • Teaches you how the Earth works as a natural system, making you less fearful about the changes ahead.
  • Explains when, why, and how humans came to dominate the planet’s surface, and what the makeover has been.
  • Examines the present Human Epoch from the perspective of past conditions and future scenarios.

Note: Content Area 3

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

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

Exploring Your Community (URBN 1300W)

URBN 1300W

Various aspects of urban and community life emphasizing the interplay of social justice, diversity, individual and social well being. Explores theories, concepts, and methods in community studies. May contain a service learning component. CA 2. CA 4.

Note: Content Area 2 and 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.