Course Overview

 

  • NRES 809 (Laboratory Earth: Earth and its Systems)
    In this class, you will be introduced to fundamental concepts in the earth sciences and their relationship to the "real world." Many of the activities that we will do in this class may be able to be used directly in an elementary or middle school classroom. Other activities are designed to challenge you as learners. All the concepts that you will be exposed to in this class can be related to both the K-12 National and most state science education standards. It is important to recognize that this is a science class and not a methods class. Our role as instructors in this class is to provide you with opportunities to learn about the Earth and to challenge you as learners, so that you can understand and apply basic earth science concepts to your own community. You all can be successful in this class, but it is up to you. We are always available for help so please feel free to contact one of the facilitators.

  • NRES 814 (Laboratory Earth: Earth's Natural Resource Systems)
    In this class, you will develop an understanding of the Earth’s natural resource systems using a systems approach. This course will provide opportunities for you to start making connections between a variety of disciplines and concepts. It is critical that you understand the dependence of all people on both renewable and non-renewable resources and the potential consequences that human activities have on global processes and the availability of natural resources. This class will employ a systems approach to understanding natural resource systems that recognizes that everything is connected to everything else. Using this approach, natural resources are considered part of a larger system that allows us to deal more responsibly and rationally with local, regional and global issues. In addition, this approach recognizes that humans are dependent on, impact the distribution of, and influence natural resource systems. This course will emphasize earth, water and soil resources in the context of the movement of matter and energy through many complex reservoirs over different scales of space and time. This course will provide a general understanding of the processes that relate to the interaction of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and, geosphere and biosphere.

  • NRES 822 (Laboratory Earth: Earth's Changing Systems)
    In this class, you will develop an understanding of change in the Earth’s environment using a systems approach. This course will provide opportunities for you to start making connections between a variety of disciplines and concepts. It is critical for you to understand that the only thing constant within the Earth’s system is change. Before the Earth was formed, there were a variety of processes and forces that interacted within our universe that set the stage for the formation of the Solar System and the Earth. Since the origin of the Earth, change has continually occured at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales as the result of the exchange of energy and mass. Rocks and fossils provide a record of the many natural processes that have operated to create a wide range of environments. This class will employ a systems approach to understanding Earth systems and continually emphasize a recurring theme of all our Lab Earth classes that everything is connected to everything else. Using this approach allows us to deal more responsibly and rationally with local, regional and global issues. In addition, this approach recognizes that humans are dependent on, impact the distribution of, and influence natural systems. This course will emphasize the early development of the Earth system, evidence for change found in rocks, the cycling of matter and energy through many complex reservoirs over different scales of space and time, and the impact that humans are having on the environment within which we live. This course will provide a general understanding of the processes that relate to the interaction of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

  • NRES 830 (Laboratory Earth: Climate Research Applications)

    Climate-change issues serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community.  Designed for science educators and extension educators. 

    Section 700

    Class Number 33207

    Credit Hours 3

    Location: Online

    Primary Audience: Grade 7-12 Teachers and Extension Educators

    Dates: Online/ Fall semesters

  • NRES 832 (Laboratory Earth: Human Dimensions of Climate Change)

    Examine science behind global climate change.  Use primary data sets to understand the implications for climate change at global and regional/local scales.  Focus on potential impacts on human systems including drought, sea level rise, severe weather and populations most likely to be impacted by climate change.  Designed for science educators and extension educators who need to communicate climate change issues to children and public audiences.

    Section 700

    Class Number 23431

    Credit Hours 3

    Location: Online

    Primary Audience: Grade 7-12 Teachers and Extension Educators

    Dates: Online/ Spring semesters