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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Drivers of Statewide Patterns

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9 videos (Total 149 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Biodiversity16m
Geomorphology and Soils24m
Climate Transect12m
California's Climate23m
Population and Land Use22m
Forestry22m
Agriculture12m
Urban11m
1 reading
Syllabus10m
1 practice exercise
Statewide Patterns20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Marine Systems

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9 videos (Total 98 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Younger Lagoon Dunes12m
Beaches8m
Animal Tracking9m
Estuaries12m
Oceanography16m
Intertidal11m
Kelp Forests6m
Offshore14m
1 practice exercise
Marine Systems14m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts

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9 videos (Total 93 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Fire21m
Subalpine13m
Strip Bark1m
Alpine8m
Lundy Lake6m
Lake Tahoe6m
Mono Lake9m
Deserts14m
1 practice exercise
Mountains, Lakes, & Deserts20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Lowland Systems

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8 videos (Total 111 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
Grasslands11m
Jasper Ridge Chaparral5m
Fort Ord Chaparral30m
Coastal Sage6m
Oak Woodlands14m
Range19m
Northcoast Forests11m
1 practice exercise
Lowland Systems20m
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Top Reviews

By JSApr 2nd 2018

This shows California outdoors from top to bottom. Really good info on all the plants, animals and outdoor environments. Especially enjoyed week 3 on lakes and deserts

By JQOct 18th 2017

INTERESTING AND ENJOYABLE COURSE. TIMELY, TOO, AS I PLAN ON DOING THE PACIFIC COAST TRAIL THIS SPRING. THANKS SO MUCH!

Instructor

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Erika Zavaleta

Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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