Empire State College:  State University of New York Skip navigation Home | MyESC | Site Index


Online Learning Home > Online Learning Catalog > Science Math & Technology >

Course Description:

This course provides a comprehensive, clear and engaging introduction to human ecology, biological adaptation, cultural adaptation and sustainability. Included are studies of the organization and function of ecosystems, the interactions of human social systems with them and how social institutions and processes contribute to, or conflict with, sustainability. The readings concentrate on how humans affect global ecosystems and how these changes impact our health, behavior, social and cultural life. The course will integrate long-standing ecological principles with more recent case studies that focus on achieving ecologically sustainable development. The coursework includes concepts that can be applied in our individual and collective lives to pursue a promising and secure future. This material is a thought provoking exercise aimed at sensitizing the students via case studies on biological and cultural adaptations from different parts of the world. By pursuing this course, students will also be able to investigate ecological principles relevant to global concerns and will be able to cultivate values that prepare them as informed and responsible global citizens.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Natural Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1.

For Books and Materials List Go to the Online Bookstore