The Global Environment
- Grade 9+
- Science and Engineering
Record-high temperatures, rising sea levels, massive wildfires, superstorms, and other environmental disasters have increasingly alarmed citizens across the globe. Scientists believe drastic measures are necessary to slow these types of catastrophes and are using expertise in multiple disciplines to explore solutions. This course investigates these and other ecological concerns to develop students’ understanding of human impact on environmental systems. You’ll conduct research on the ecological impacts of global industrialization and play the role of environmental scientist while analyzing data to develop informed, sustainable strategies for improving the inhabitability of our planet. You and your classmates will investigate the effects of sea-level rise on the island of Vanuatu, then develop your own mitigation plans based on other proven models. You will explore the impact of rampant population growth in urban areas and the toll it has taken on natural resources. Using case studies, you’ll design experiments, engage in simulations, and use statistical analysis to propose solutions to these complex problems.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Validate the importance of ecosystem services in decision-making processes, in contrast to the biological concept of ecosystem, wherein ecosystem services are those that have value to meet the needs of population size, growth, and affluence
- Justify that the impact of human activity on climate as a consequence of interactions of multiple physical, chemical, and biological factors on watersheds, aquatic systems, atmosphere and ecosystems
- Present arguments for and against sustainability as the guiding principle by which systems and resources are used in ways that can be maintained at an acceptable level indefinitely, considering environmental, social, and economic costs
- Review and critique scientific research, experiments, and journals to question or defend the reasoning, credibility, and validity of the conclusions presented
- Analyze and interpret patterns and relationships among variables in data to explain what the data implies or illustrates about environmental issues
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Environmental Science, G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman
- Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.