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Diploma in Environmental Science

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • This free online diploma course is ideal for professionals working in the area of environmental science, for students who wish to pursue a career in environmental science, or for those who simply want to learn more about building a sustainable existence on this planet.

    Environmental science is the field of science that studies physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment and determines solutions to environmental problems.

    Gain thorough knowledge and understanding of environmental science such as understanding the earth's processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, the importance of global water supplies, and the effects of climate change.

  • Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
    - Describe the earth and its system;
    - Demonstrate a good understanding of its resources;
    - Recognize the factors that affect our environment;
    - Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable energy sources;
    - and discuss how to manage water supplies.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Diploma in Environmental Science
  • Free

  • 15-20 Hours

  • OpenLearn

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 250 Pts

Modules List( 36 )
  • DIPLOMA IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • Environmental Science - The Earth and Its Systems
  • Module
    1
    The Flow of Energy and Cycling of Matter
    • Energy Sources and Sinks
    • Forms of Energy
    • Conservation of Energy and Energy Units
    • Earth's Biogeochemical Systems
    • The Water Cycle
    • The Carbon Cycle
    • The Nitrogen Cycle
    • The Phosphorous Cycle
  • Module
    2
    The Solid Earth
    • Earth's Formation and Structure
    • Geologic Time Scale
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Volcanoes
    • Earthquakes
    • Rocks and the Rock Cycle
    • Soil Formation
  • Module
    3
    The Atmosphere
    • Atmospheric Structure
    • Wind
    • Weather
    • Ocean Currents
    • Climate
  • Module
    4
    The Biosphere
    • The Biosphere
    • Organisms
    • Populations and Communities
    • Ecosystems
    • Biomes
  • Module
    5
    Environmental Science Assessment 1
    • Environmental Science Assessment 1
    • Environmental Science Assessment 1
  • Environmental Science - The Earth and Its Resource...
  • Module
    5
    Module 6: Minerals
    • Introduction to Minerals
    • Economic Value of Minerals
    • Mineral Deposits
    • Types of Mining
    • Refining Minerals
  • Module
    6
    Module 7: Soils
    • Soil Profile
    • Soil Characteristics
    • Soil Fertility and pH
    • Soil Degradation
    • Soil Conservation
  • Module
    7
    Module 8: Biological Resources
    • Introduction to Biological Resources
    • Biological Resources - Natural Areas
    • Biological Resources - Genetic Diversity
    • Biological Resources - Food
    • Types of Agriculture
    • Biological Resources - Fisheries
  • Module
    8
    Module 9: Managing Land Use
    • Residential and Commercial Land Use
    • Agricultural Land Use
    • Forest Land Use
    • Recreational Land Use
    • Wilderness Land Use
  • Module 10: Environmental Science Assessment 2
    • Environmental Science Assessment 2
    • Environmental Science Assessment 2
  • Environmental Science - Factors Affecting the Envi...
  • Module
    9
    Module 11: Global Climate Change
    • The Importance of the Sun
    • Natural Greenhouse Gases
    • Energy Flows within the Atmosphere
    • Impact of the Industrial Age
    • Records of the Earths Temperature
    • Temperature Changes over the Millennium
    • Global Warming- Warning Signs
    • Climate Change - Impact on Global Freshwater Supplies
  • Module
    10
    Module 12: Air, Soil and Water Pollutants
    • Air Pollution
    • Water Pollution
    • Soil Pollution
    • Point Source and Non-Point Source Pollution
    • Pollution Effects on Wildlife
    • Waste Disposal Methods - Landfills
    • Waste Disposal Methods - Incineration
    • Effects of Pollution on Human Health
    • Measuring Pollution
  • Module
    11
    Module 13: Human Population Dynamics
    • Population Dynamics and Growth
    • Population Demographics
    • Demographic Transition
    • Patterns of Resource Use
    • Carrying Capacity
    • Carrying Capacity - Effects of Technology and the Environment
    • Carrying Capacity - Effect of Standard of Living
    • Population Growth - Economic and Cultural Factors
  • Module
    12
    Module 14: Energy Use
    • Present-day energy use
    • Energy Consumption
    • Currently Available Energy Sources
    • Concentrating Storing and Transporting Energy
    • Linking Energy Supply and Demand
    • Government Energy Statistics
    • Energy in a Sustainable Future
  • Module 15: Environmental Science Assessment 3
    • Environmental Science Assessment 3
    • Environmental Science Assessment 3
  • Environmental Science - Non-Renewable Energy Sourc...
  • Module
    13
    Module 16: Non-Renewable Energy Sources
    • Non-Renewable Energy Sources - Introduction
    • Coal Mining and Coal Types
    • Oil Drilling and Refining
    • Oil Shale and Tar Sands
    • Nuclear Power
  • Module
    14
    Module 17: Energy from Coal
    • The Origins of Coal
    • How Coal is Formed
    • Exploring for Coal
    • Modern Coal Mining Methods
    • Environmental Impact of Coal Mining
    • Global Coal Reserves
    • Case Study - UK Coal Production
  • Module
    15
    Module 18: Energy from Petroleum and Natural Gas
    • Introduction to Petroleum
    • Petroleum Extraction
    • Petroleum Refining
    • Purification Methods
    • Petroleum Fuel Products
    • Other Petroleum Products
    • Introduction to Natural Gas
    • Classification of Natural Gas
    • Natural Gas Usage
  • Module
    16
    Module 19: Nuclear Energy
    • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
    • Energy from Nuclear Fission
    • Nuclear Reactors
    • Nuclear Reactor Safety
    • Radioactive Wastes
    • Uranium Ore Deposits
    • Uranium Production
  • Module 20: Environmental Science Assessment 4
    • Environmental Science Assessment 4
    • Environmental Science Assessment 4
  • Environmental Science - Renewable Energy Sources
  • Module
    17
    Module 21: Renewable Energy Sources
    • Renewable Energy Sources - Introduction
    • Passive and Active Solar Energy Systems
    • Costs Associated with Solar Energy
    • Environmental Effects of Hydroelectric Schemes
    • Biomass - Its Sources and Environmental Effects
  • Module
    18
    Module 22: Wind and Solar Energy
    • Introduction to Wind Energy
    • Wind Power Generation
    • Types of Wind Turbines
    • Wind Farms
    • The Future of Wind Energy
    • Introduction to Solar Energy
    • Insolation - Direct Sunlight
    • Passive and Active Solar Heating
    • Photovoltaic Conversion of Solar Energy
    • The Future of Solar Energy
  • Module
    19
    Module 23: Geothermal and Water-derived Energy
    • Wave Energy
    • Tidal Energy
    • Hydroelectric Energy
    • Types of Turbine Design
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Heat Conduction
    • Assessing Geothermal Potential
    • Geothermal Turbines
    • Direct Heating Using Geothermal Energy
    • Future of Geothermal Energy
  • Module
    20
    Module 24: Energy from Biofuels
    • Introduction to Biofuels
    • Photosynthesis - The Link bewteen Energy and Biofuels
    • Wood and Grasses as Biofuels
    • Types of Grasses
    • Transport Biofuels
    • Potential of Biofuels - Audio
    • Use of Biofuels in the UK - Video and Audio
    • Biofuels - Some of the Issues
  • Module 25: Environmental Science Assessment 5
    • Environmental Science Assessment 5
    • Environmental Science Assessment 5
  • Environmental Science - Managing Water Supplies
  • Module
    21
    Module 26: Introduction to Water
    • Introduction to Water
    • Characteristics of Water
    • Agricultural Water Use
    • Domestic and Industrial Water Use
    • Control of Water Resources
  • Module
    22
    Module 27: Groundwater and Surface Water
    • Water Infiltration
    • The Water Table
    • Groundwater Movement
    • Porosity and Permeability
    • Aquifers
    • Types of Aquifers
    • Reservoirs
    • Environmental Effects of Reservoir Construction
  • Module
    23
    Module 28: Managing Water Resources
    • Water Transfer
    • Conjunctive Use of Water Resources
    • Conjunctive Use of Water Resources: Case Studies
    • Water Conservation
    • Water Desalination
    • Rain-making
  • Module
    24
    Module 29: Case Study - Water Supply in Britain
    • Water Abstraction
    • Water Supply in Britain
    • Predicting Demand
    • Water Metering
    • Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources
    • Climate Change Affects Planning for Water Resources
    • Future Supply
  • Module 30: Environmental Science Assessment 6
    • Environmental Science Assessment 6
    • Environmental Science Assessment 6
  • Environmental Science - Protecting the Environment
  • Module
    25
    Module 31: Environmental Ethics, Laws and Regulations
    • Environmental Justice
    • Indigenous Peoples and their Environment
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Introduction to Environmental Laws
    • Federal Environmental Laws
    • National and International Environmental Laws
  • Module
    26
    Module 32: Environmental Decision Making
    • Introduction to Decision Making
    • Approaches to Decision Making
    • Factors that Influence Decisions
    • Environmental Decision Making
    • The Importance of Values
    • Levels of Decision Making and Experiential Learning
  • Module
    27
    Module 33: Business and the Environment
    • Sustainability as a Business Objective
    • Mapping the Waste-Reduction Process
    • The Waste-Reduction Team
    • Motivating the Team
    • Reduce Water Use
    • Reduce Packaging
    • Reuse, Remanufacturing and Recycling
  • Module
    28
    Module 34: Case Study - Eutrophication
    • Introduction to Eutrophication
    • Natural and Human-Induced Eutrophication
    • Agents of Eutrophication
    • Anthropogenic Sources of Nutrients
    • Effects of Eutrophication
    • Managing Eutrophication
    • Reducing the Nutrient Source
    • Reducing Nutrient Availability
  • Module 35: Environmental Science Assessment 7
    • Environmental Science Assessment 7
    • Environmental Science Assessment 7
  • Environmental Science - End of Course Assessment
  • Module 36: Environmental Science End of Course Assessment
    • Environmental Science Assessment 8
    • Environmental Science End of Course Assessment
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