This Introduction to Environmental Science course is one of twelve courses in the NSC Environmental Technology 30-credit certificate program. The Teaching Toolkit for the course includes a course overview (the Read Me First document), a learning outcomes map, a suggested syllabus, lesson plans, and supplemental materials. The course also includes online modules that are designed to help students through common “sticking points” and better prepare them for face-to-face instruction. (“Sticking points” are available online via the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) platform – see link below; the OLI materials provide feedback to learners and instructors based on student’s use of the interactive activities. These modules can be reordered or combined with other OLI content to meet specific instructional needs, and can be used via an institution’s LMS or served directly through the OLI platform.) In addition to curricular materials, this file includes the NSC Environmental Technology Program Guide which provides a full overview of the NSC Environmental Technology Certificate program, including information about the industry, the curriculum, program infrastructure, the role of the business community, and student success strategies. Colleges interested in other courses in the Environmental Technology Certificate program, or considering adopting the full program, can find the individual courses in the National STEM Consortium’s Learning Resources Collection in SkillsCommons. Look for the twelve courses with the name beginning “Course: NSC Environmental Technology Certificate Program.“ The full NSC Environmental Technology program, including the interactive online modules, also is available on the Open Learning Initiative website, www.oli.cmu.edu (see link below). All NSC curricula were reviewed by industry subject matter experts. Copies of the curriculum reviews are available in the National STEM Consortium’s Program Support Materials Collection in SkillsCommons.

This course is an introduction to remote sensing of the Earth. Topics include the physical principles on which remote sensing is based, history and future trends, sensors and their characteristics, image data sources, and image classification, interpretation and analysis techniques. This course is designed to be used as a stand-alone course to complement other disciplines or as an entry level course into a geospatial program. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists.