GEOG 303: Water Resources and the Environment


Natural Environmental Systems



Course Description

This course is intended to provide the student with a broader understanding of water and its importance to our lives and earth's complex environment. We will consider issues facing water such as whether the supply of water will continue, how man-made developments have altered water availability, how pollution has eroded this natural resource, and where/how we can restore our water resources. Relevant video clips, online tutorials, and supplemental readings will be used throughout the course to provide examples of water-related issues affecting Northern Illinois, other regions of the U.S., as well as various countries around the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic knowledge of the hydrologic cycle and how it is integral to our world's water resources.
  • Basic knowledge of where/how water is found and held for our use.
  • Understanding that water is a precious, finite resource that should not be wasted but conserved.
  • Understanding the problems with water availability world-wide as well as in our own back-yard.

Course Format

100% online. Exams, project, and additional assignments.