Environmental Science A

Course Description:

Environmental science is an integrated science course that continues to develop conceptual understanding of the interactions in Earth science, physical science, and life science systems. The standards for environmental science engage students in the core ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to support the development of knowledge that can be applied to understanding, explaining,and improving human interactions with Earth systems and resources. There are strong connections to mathematical practices of analyzing and interpreting data with creating mathematical and computational models.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Environmental Science A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Environmental Science
Course Provider : Whitehall District Schools
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Whitehall District Schools
Standards Addressed : MITECS
Ailgnment Document : https://learn.michiganvirtual.org/alignment-document-coming-soon
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Life and Physical Sciences
Course Identifier : Environmental Science
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesq-7lqJjVBrRuwflE8db22egnhPXuu9DZ_wNmhplsVoor5A/viewform
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

Students and Parents: It is important to work closely with your local school counselor or registrar to follow the school's enrollment procedures. By clicking the "Start Registration Request" button below, you will be able to notify the school of your interest in registering for the online course. However, it is the responsibility of the district or school to review the registration request and approve or deny the request. Please make a note to follow up with your school after submitting a registration request.

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Additional Course Information:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to…

  • examine data to develop models to analyze and explain changes in Earth systems that took place in the past and are occurring in the present.
  • explain changes in the Earth’s interior.
  • describe Karst topography and explain how water travels through it.
  • investigate water including its properties, unique role in earth systems, and intricate support of various life forms.
  • develop a model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
  • analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • explain how energy drives ocean floor formation, supports the vast oceanic life, and creates ocean stratification.
  • identify factors that drive the process of geothermal activity and influence weather.
  • plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two components of different temperature are combined within a closed system results in a more uniform energy distribution among the components in the system (second law of thermodynamics).
  • design a solution to a complex, real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards


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Review Conducted By : Michigan Virtual
Date of Review : 04/01/2020

Module 1: Geological Cycle

Module 2: Hydrological Cycle

Module 3: Biogeochemical Cycle

Module 4: Modeling Energy

Module 5: Transferring Energy

Module 6: Conserving Energy

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/01/2020 10/15/2020 07/01/2020 08/31/2020 01/15/2021 35 $0.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Consult counselor Consult counselor Semester 08/01/2020 10/15/2020

Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/