Course Description

The Physical and Chemical Environment, ENVS 23

Provides an overview of the physical and chemical environment of planet Earth. Fundamental chemistry and physics is introduced in the process of learning about Earth in a holistic way. The influence of human societies on the global environment is one focus of discussion. Earth's many "spheres" are explored first: the lithosphere; the atmosphere; the hydrosphere, and the ecosphere. Then global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and several other elements are studied in the context of basic sciences and societal issues.

Key Information

Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Studies

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Physical Science with lab

UC Merced:
units toward degree (see your adviser)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - 1 Natural Science; Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Natural Sciences and Engineering; ERC natural science, Sixth 1 Analytic Methodologies; Muir: 1 course in a Natural Science theme in "Chemistry, Physics, and the Environment"

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Area C

UC Santa Cruz:
Major Requirement: required lower division course for Environmental Studies majors

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Course Creator

Peter Weiss
Dr. Peter Weiss-Penzias
Associate Researcher, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
Lecturer, Departments of Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Dr. Peter Weiss-Penzias Associate Researcher, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Lecturer, Departments of Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Studies University of California, Santa Cruz ...

Dr. Peter Weiss-Penzias
Associate Researcher, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
Lecturer, Departments of Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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