Environmental Science

Course Description:

Environmental Science will introduce students to the scientific method, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, biomes of the world, trophic interactions, and nutrient and chemical cycles. Students will discuss the various forms of energy, including both renewable and nonrenewable resources. Students will learn ways in which humans can use the land and will also explore the impact humans have on the environment. Students will study ways in which humans can reduce negative environmental consequences. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn about numerous environmental issues, laws, and policies.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Environmental Science
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Environmental Science
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Online Instructor Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Standards Addressed : MMC
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester
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 1

How To Enroll:

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Phone : 810.591.4401

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Additional Course Information:

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

Discuss how the geosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere work independently and are integrated to work together as one complete system on Earth.
Define different factors that make up both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Compare and contrast population and community within an ecosystem.
Analyze the different ways in which energy and matter can be cycled within an ecosystem.
Discuss types and effects of succession.
Analyze the different types of biomes located around the world and identify the different characteristics of each.
Discuss the demographics of human population and how to predict and develop a sustainable population.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

Discuss different global water resources and some of the biggest uses for water.
Discuss the ongoing problem of water pollution as well as the different types of water pollution.
Discuss noise, light, and air pollution, and their adverse effects on an ecosystem.
Analyze the different causes of climate in specific regions of the world.
Examine the importance of the ozone layer.
Compare Earth’s atmosphere to a “greenhouse” to be able to analyze the overall global climate change.
Describe the different types of land uses and their effects on the environment, including solutions.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

Define minerals to be able to discuss the different methods used to mine them and the effects of this mining.
Describe the different types of non-renewable and renewable resources.
Examine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of non-renewable and renewable resources in the production of energy.
Discuss different types of alternative energy that are currently being researched, developed, and used.
Discuss different types of solid wastes and the different ways in which they can be disposed.
Identify and describe ways in which you can ultimately produce less waste.
Define and describe different types of hazardous and radioactive waste.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

Analyze Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection to be able to further discuss the importance of biodiversity on Earth.
Describe the consequences of removing a predator from the ecosystem.
Describe the main reasons people want to import exotic animals and problems that it can cause.
Describe the benefits and drawbacks of using DDT as a pesticide.
Describe energy transfer in a food chain.
Examine different types of waste found in oceans and the effects they can have on marine life.
Discuss different types of sustainable energy alternatives to benefit our future on Earth.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Partially Met
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met

Review Conducted By : Genesee ISD
Date of Review : 08/01/2014

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

Discuss how the geosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere work independently and are integrated to work together as one complete system on Earth.
Define different factors that make up both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Compare and contrast population and community within an ecosystem.
Analyze the different ways in which energy and matter can be cycled within an ecosystem.
Discuss types and effects of succession.
Analyze the different types of biomes located around the world and identify the different characteristics of each.
Discuss the demographics of human population and how to predict and develop a sustainable population.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

Discuss different global water resources and some of the biggest uses for water.
Discuss the ongoing problem of water pollution as well as the different types of water pollution.
Discuss noise, light, and air pollution, and their adverse effects on an ecosystem.
Analyze the different causes of climate in specific regions of the world.
Examine the importance of the ozone layer.
Compare Earth’s atmosphere to a “greenhouse” to be able to analyze the overall global climate change.
Describe the different types of land uses and their effects on the environment, including solutions.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

Define minerals to be able to discuss the different methods used to mine them and the effects of this mining.
Describe the different types of non-renewable and renewable resources.
Examine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of non-renewable and renewable resources in the production of energy.
Discuss different types of alternative energy that are currently being researched, developed, and used.
Discuss different types of solid wastes and the different ways in which they can be disposed.
Identify and describe ways in which you can ultimately produce less waste.
Define and describe different types of hazardous and radioactive waste.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

Analyze Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection to be able to further discuss the importance of biodiversity on Earth.
Describe the consequences of removing a predator from the ecosystem.
Describe the main reasons people want to import exotic animals and problems that it can cause.
Describe the benefits and drawbacks of using DDT as a pesticide.
Describe energy transfer in a food chain.
Examine different types of waste found in oceans and the effects they can have on marine life.
Discuss different types of sustainable energy alternatives to benefit our future on Earth.

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019 100 $150.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
If you notify the National Network of Digital Schools (NNDS) of cancellation within 30 days of the course enrollment date, you will be receive a 100% refund, less the $25.00 activation fee. No refund will be given after 30 days of the enrollment date. Materials purchases are eligible for a refund only when returned unused within 30 days of the date of the original shipment. Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019

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School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
14-15 9 7 77.8% None

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