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A Guide to Online Environmental Classes

written by: Sonal Panse•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 6/9/2010

As more companies and people become aware of the need to conserve environmental resources, career prospects for environmental scientists look bright. Taking online environmental classes can help you get started in an environmental career. Courses include sustainable living and ecology conservation.

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    Online Environmental Classes

    The environment is a matter of growing concern in the present age. If you are interested in conservation and ecological welfare, you might consider a career in environmental science. Taking an online class in environmental science will acquaint you with different aspects of ecology and how to go about managing, preserving, and better utilizing the Earth's resources.

    The program will look into some of the following environmental issues:

    • Environmental Hazards
    • Causes of Environmental Problems
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Biodiversity
    • Ecosystems
    • Water Pollution
    • Air Pollution
    • Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy
    • Energy Conservation
    • Recycling and Replenishment
    • Monitoring Waste Disposal Sites
    • Assessing Construction Risks
    • Writing Technical Proposals
    • Making environment-related presentations
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    Online Environmental Training

    Here are two schools offering classes in environmental science.

    Stratford Career Institute

    The courses cover the following:

    • Ecosystems and society
    • The concept of sustainability
    • Patterns of ecological change
    • Water management and supplies
    • Renewable and non-renewable resources
    • Global warming
    • Ozone depletion
    • Careers in environmental science

    You can check the course modules on the Stratford Career Institute website.

    Tuition fees for the Conservation/Environment Sciences program are $689.00 per class.

    Columbia Southern University

    You can go for the undergraduate certificate in environmental management program. Eligibility is a high school diploma or its equivalent. Courses offered are:

    • Environmental Law
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Assessment
    • Air Quality
    • Waste Management
    • Hazardous Waste Management
    • Pollution Prevention
    • Environmental Strategies
    • Environmental Technology
    • Hazardous Waste Regulation

    Columbia Southern University also offers a Graduate Certificate Environmental Management Program. The program has the following courses:

    • Industrial & Hazardous Waste
    • Advanced Pollution Prevention
    • Advanced Solid Waste Management
    • Advanced Air Quality Control

    Students must select four graduate concentration courses and complete a atudent orientation course.

    Eligibility is a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Students can enroll at any time with a per-course enrollment agreement. Tuition fees per credit hour are $195 for undergraduates and $260 for graduates.

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    Benefits of Online Environmental Classes

    • Study according to your convenience and schedule
    • Quality distance learning materials delivered directly to your door
    • Get environmental science diploma more quickly
    • Stay in touch with instructors via email or phone
    • Exams conducted online
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    Career Prospects with Online Environmental Classes

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a steady growth in environment science careers. Environmental scientists may be employed in:

    • State and local governments
    • Federal governments
    • Management
    • Scientific research
    • Technical consultancy agencies
    • Architectural services
    • Engineering services

    The BLS gives annual earnings of environmental scientists as between $34,590 and $98,320.

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    Sources

    • Stratford Career Institute Conservation/Environmental Sciences: http://www.scitraining.com/Courses_US/Conservation_Environmental_Sciences/Course.htm
    • Stratford Career Institute Conservation/Environmental Sciences Course Outline: http://www.scitraining.com/Courses_US/Conservation_Environmental_Sciences/Outline.htm
    • Columbia Southern University Environmental Management Certificate: http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/degree/safety/certificate/environmental-management/