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ENVRMT 101 - Introduction to Environmental Studies - Ben Vallejo

Course:Introduction to Environmental Studies
Professor:Ben Vallejo
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


photo of Mr Vallejo

Hi everyone,

I am Mr. Vallejo, and I will be guiding you through the wide world of introductory environmental science.  I have been studying biology and the environment my whole adult life, and I hope my passion for the subject rubs off a little bit on to you.  I am a National Board Certified Teacher.  I also have been teaching online since 2007, well before the Pandemic made all of us online learners.  Although I teach online in three different states, I am local (my main in-person job is in the San Fernando Valley) and can relate to the issues that you and I share here.  There are many benefits to online learning.  You can access the material 24/7 and work on your own time.  You minimize commute time and expenses.  Some even find online learning more interactive, since you can share ideas in a Discussion post rather than sharing in person in public speaking environment. Whatever your reasons are for being in this online class, I hope that you feel welcomed and safe.  I hope that you, after successfully finishing the class, feel prepared to go on to the next course with an increased body of knowledge about the environment and a taste of the importance that many have when considering the Earth and all of its inhabitants.

Course Description

Environmental Studies 101 (ENVRMT 101) is the introductory course in environmental studies.  Units: 3.00 transfer to UC:CSU.  Introduces the use of the Earth’s natural resources by human civilizations; the roles that economics, ethics, law, history, politics, culture and gender inequity have played in resource use and distribution. Specifically, we will cover populations, climate change, air and water pollution, energy resources, and biodiversity.

What to Expect in this Course

Every week, you will have a required reading (2 chapters) from the book, The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert.  There is an accompanying question set and assessment (10 point multiple choice quiz).  You also take Cornell notes on my lecture for the week, which covers one important topic in environmental science. As for your technology needs, you will need to have access to the Internet via computer or phone, since all of the assignments will be Canvas.  A computer with a webcam will be preferable, since for your final project you will be presenting an environmental topic of your choice as a screencast (like in Zoom) of you along with your PowerPoint or Google slide deck.  There will be a proctored final exam using Proctorio test security, so you will need a PC that runs Google Chrome and has the Proctorio extension installed.

Types of Assessments

Assessments include Cornell notes of Mr. Vallejo’s lectures, a question set for each reading, an online discussion, and a quiz about the week’s material.  There will also be a final project (your Zoom recording) and a proctored final exam.

Textbook Information

You need a copy of the book, The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert.  You are likely able to find a good deal on this book on the web.  A quick Google search turned up one for $3.49.

Other Relevant Course Information

This is a short class, so use the Canvas calendar to keep up and even get ahead on the assignments.  Reading questions and Cornell notes can be completed ahead of time and are always due on Monday @ 11:59PM.  Quizzes are open until the Monday DUE date. Discussion threads are open Tuesday to Monday.  Use the assignment availability to your advantage; get things done early so as to allow for any issues that come up during the course of the class. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Last updated: 04/07/2022 Sub#: 1329