Environmental Earth Science OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Environmental Science Course by MIT

Published Jan 27, 2009

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In 'Environmental Earth Science,' an OpenCourseWare project offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students study the fundamental elements of the Geology field. Through a series of lectures, the course curriculum advances from the basics of geological processes to the environmental impact of both natural disasters and human developments. This free course is particularly applicable for undergraduate students interested in Environmental Science or Geology.

Environmental Earth Science: Course Specifics

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Environmental Earth Science: Course Description

In today's society, concerns over environmental problems--such as waning non-renewable resources and global warming--are common topics in both the media and everyday household discussions. Professor Samuel Bowring provided a comprehensive examination of these issues in 'Environmental Earth Science,' a course from MIT's Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences curriculum. This lecture course first covers basic Geology and Environmental Science topics such as rocks and minerals, earth structure and geologic time. Next, students examine complex environmental issues, including population growth, resource depletion and waste management. The course then focuses on geologic catastrophes and natural disasters. Finally, students apply classroom knowledge to real-world problems such as acid rain and greenhouse gas accumulation.

The 'Environmental Earth Science' course is composed of lecture notes, downloadable assignments and a reading list which includes online materials. To learn more about the planet and its environment, visit the earth science course page.

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