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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Environmental Science (SCI-301)


Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

June 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: identify the different types of ecological communities and describe the manners in which such communities interact with their biotic and abiotic environments; evaluate the role of human activities in generating pollution, deforestation and other such activities on their environment; analyze the manner in which humans and other living organisms are able to adapt to the environments of the various biomes that make up the Earth’s biosphere; elucidate the pros and cons of obtaining energy from various sources including nuclear, coal, oil, biomass, solar, etc.; and create proposed solutions to the problem of increased carbon (and methane) emissions that causes anthropogenic global warming.


Environmental Science covers a variety of issues that relate to the environment and the human impact on the ecosphere. The course examines the various biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to the environment and its health. Major topics include: various biomes and climates that cover the Earth and the factors that distinguish them, human activities and their effects on the environment, including discussion of global climate change, deforestation, extinctions caused by human encroachment, etc. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, practice assignments; class participation; and a final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Environmental Science, Energy Management, or as a science elective (3/18) (5/23 revalidation).