Taking individual courses can be one way for students to further their education while engaging in material that is interesting and can help them pursue their passion. These in-depth classes may give students the experience and skills they need to excel in their future careers.
What is a course in environmental studies? It is a class designed to teach participants about individual topics relating to the environment. Courses commonly cover sustainability, ecosystems, soil, oil and gas, and the atmosphere. Students often learn how the environment impacts life and the importance of protecting it. Learning how the environment is changing may help scholars understand how to keep different ecosystems healthy for years to come.
By understanding environmental problems and finding acceptable solutions, students who take a course in environmental studies have the chance to develop critical problem-solving skills. Learners may also acquire excellent communication abilities as they take on the social responsibility of protecting the environment. Organization can also prove useful in any career.
Courses often have different fees according to whether they are held online or on campus. Additionally, universities often vary in tuition costs from country to country. Contacting schools of interest is usually the most effective way to find out the most current cost of a course.
Environmental studies open the door to many interesting careers. Students who want an office job may find careers as meteorologists or oceanographers. Those who prefer a hands-on career may be happy as zoologists, wildlife managers, or microbiologists. Some may choose careers as horticulturists or soil scientists, or they may be happier as ecologists. With the changing environment, there is no short supply in environmentalist jobs.
The ever-changing environment creates a global need for courses in environmental studies, and many universities help meet this demand by offering remote courses for those who cannot attend classes on campus for various reasons. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
Prepare to take the official examination to become recognised globally as a health and safety professional in international practices with this International General Certificate from the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). [+]
Anyone who is looking to take their health and safety know-how to an international level.... [-]
Attain the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety to confidently work in an industry that is known to need the best health and safety guidelines. [+]
This course is for anyone who is currently in, or going in to, the oil and gas industry and need a world recognised set of health and safety principles to maintain best practice on a day-to-day basis.Requirements
There are no pre-requisites for this course.What marks this course apart?
People who hold the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety can work either onshore or offshore, they can usually function in roles such as HSE Manager, Officer or Supervisor.... [-]
The course provides a thorough training in water microbiology, including natural and artificial water environments. It introduces participants to the key concepts and skills necessary for working on the bench as well as for decision making. [+]
Water Microbiology - Distance Learning Programme
The course provides a thorough training in water microbiology, including natural and artificial water environments. It introduces participants to the key concepts and skills necessary for working on the bench as well as for decision making. It covers topics such as recreational water microbiology, drinking water microbiology, wastewater microbiology, water quality detection methods, the use of GIS technology in monitoring water quality, the principles of ISO 22000 application in water industries, risk assessment, water-borne infectious disease epidemiology, and accreditation of water laboratories. Students will be also introduced to key elements of water monitoring, the impact of climate change, conservation of aquatic ecosystems, and water reclamation and reuse. The modules of the E-class:... [-]
Explore our oceans from space. Discover how Earth observation allows us to monitor ocean health, and inform policy and planning. [+]
This free online course will provide an introduction to ocean monitoring Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, and its uses, types, and challenges. It will explain how the data is acquired and used, the range of data types available, and the terminology and techniques involved.
The course is presented by physicist, oceanographer, and broadcaster Dr. Helen Czerski from University College London, remote sensing specialist Dr. Hayley Evers-King from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the lead educator Dr. Mark Higgins from EUMETSAT.
The course is run by EUMETSAT in support of the Copernicus Programme.Explore ocean monitoring EO data using real-world examples
You will look at practical examples of using ocean monitoring EO data - in real-world case-studies and in a range of areas of policy and decision-making - and will explore emerging technologies and trends.... [-]
Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss, and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environmental management. [+]
The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.
Understand environmental injustices
This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 5 weeks, we’ll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfill their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem? How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature? ... [-]
Explore the impact of climate change on public health, and discover ways to influence behaviors and policies at all levels. [+]
This online course gives you the opportunity to explore the impact of climate change on public health. It shares knowledge of both the direct and indirect ways in which climate change is affecting health around the globe.
It starts by examining current trends in climate change and the methods used to evaluate the continuously emerging data in this field. You will find out how to leverage the data that is publicly available, to campaign for changes to behaviors or policies, at both a local and regional level.What topics will you cover? What are the climate change themes and trends about public health and is there anything we can do to improve things? Who are the key contributors to climate change, what are they doing and how are their harmful activities being countered? How can we prove that the impact on health is linked to climate change? How to implement an action plan to improve health outcomes impacted by climate change What will you achieve? ... [-]
Take a look at the future and learn how to develop and use models in environmental and energy economics. [+]
What will our future look like? Will we continue burning fossil fuels or will we live in a 100% renewable world? How can we address climate change and what policies do we need to implement?
We will provide you with model examples to make you familiar with aspects of economic modeling and state-of-the-art research on current debates in energy policy.
This online course explores these concerns, using models in environmental and energy economics. You will learn how to design models, how to interpret and use results to make informed decisions, and how to use models to assess energy and environmental policies.What topics will you cover? Climate change and energy policies. Evidence-based recommendations on current problems of energy policy. Models in environmental economics and energy economics. Building blocks of models and possible applications. Informed decisions by the results of different modeling approaches. What will you achieve? ... [-]
How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership? [+]
Increasing populations and social changes are pressurizing our relationship with the environment. Property rights are embedded in power structures and land management. This course explores the different ways that nature is perceived by different types of societies and the impact of property rights on natural resource management.
This course explores three approaches to the hierarchy of property rights and applies these to environmental use and management around the world. It also includes advice on producing a policy brief for an environmental issue.What topics will you cover? Recognise the difference between the perspectives of the ‘giving spirit of nature’ and ‘controlling ancestor’ in our perceptions of nature. Understand the meaning of ‘reciprocity’ as a way of reducing risk in uncertain environments. Be introduced to Elinor Ostrom who developed a hierarchy of different types of property rights. Recognise different types of property rights and how they affect access to, and withdrawal of, natural resources. Appreciate the need for flexible property rights in areas with dynamic ecologies. Be introduced to the contrasting arguments of Thomas Malthus and Ester Boserup on population and agricultural production. Understand the concept of ‘more people, less erosion’ when higher population densities lead to better land management. Recognise the links between property rights and level of biodiversity in agriculture. Understand how ‘historical institutionalism’ of past laws affects current legal rights to natural resources. Appreciate the social asymmetries caused by the power to control access to natural resources. Recognise the importance of language for describing... [-]
From sources such as satellites, sensors, and social media, how can environmental data analytics benefit business and research?[+]
From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analyzing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits of business, research, and our daily lives?
Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects. From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, explore the complexities of managing and analyzing big data to seek innovative solutions.What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Introduction to big dataSources of big data, including satellites for looking at the surface of the Earth Environmental analytics and the link to big data Computing power, processing, and storage of environmental data ... [-]
Learn how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground, to understand our past, present and future climate. [+]
Made up of layers of compressed snow from over the last 100,000 years, the vast Greenland ice sheet acts as both a valuable record of our past climate and a bellwether for future climate change.
This online course highlights how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground. You’ll look at the measurements made possible by Earth Observation (EO) satellites like Cryosat, the technologies and techniques involved, the data generated, and its uses and challenges.
You’ll also explore the role of ice in the climate system and the impact of climate change on the Greenland ice sheet.What topics will you cover? Satellite Earth Observation technology, terminology and the types of data products available when monitoring ice sheets Understanding the unique measurements of ice thickness and dynamics which satellite data can provide How to access process and work with Earth observation data and ice sheet measuring tools The use of Earth observation data in a range of scientific, policy and decision-making areas, in conjunction with models What will you achieve? ... [-]
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans. [+]
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans.
In this course, you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to an understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.
All Open University science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.... [-]
Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. [+]
This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.
Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised; although living systems are complex, there are also some fairly constant patterns and relationships.
This course explores three approaches to the causality and dynamics of environmental systems, and how humans are involved and affected by these systems worldwide. It also includes an introduction to correlation and the limitations of statistical testing.... [-]
Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet. [+]
Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet.Get an introduction to soil science
Soils are a fantastically complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes. However, they are increasingly under threat and our soil resource is a finite one.
Starting from what soil is and how soils form we will take a journey through the soil, not just learning the basics of soil science but also about life in the soil.
Then we will look at why soil is so important and investigate the topic of soil security - a topic relevant to the past and present.... [-]
This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today. [+]
This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today.Explore the five mass extinctions of the past
Each week there are discussions with scientists about how their research informs us about the biodiversity of our planet including the very first life forms; fish and tetrapod diversification; the radiation of reptiles and dinosaurs; and the rise of mammals.
We focus on the five previous mass extinction events that have shaped the biodiversity of our planet. The fossil record reveals evidence of species that went extinct during these mass extinctions and the new opportunities created for the surviving biota to diversify.... [-]
The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources.[+]
War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment? This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.Why join the course?
The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources. As resources become scarcer, it might be expected that people come into conflict about access to natural resources. This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity and applies these to explore decision making and negotiation skills.... [-]