3 science activities due in 5 days


assignment 1


Oil Spill Bioremeditation Laboratory

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read the Oil Spill Bioremediation investigation manual. This lab will enable you to simulate the bioremediation of a marine oil spill.

The Process

Take the required photos and complete all parts of the lab assignment (calculations, data tables, etc.). Use the Lab Worksheet as a resource to complete the Lab Report Template. Transfer any answers and visual elements from the Lab Worksheet into the Lab Report  Template. You will submit the Lab Report Template through Waypoint in the classroom.

The Assignment

Make sure to complete all of the following items before submission:

assignment 2


The Journey to Sustainability

Prior to beginning work on this final paper, review all chapters of Bensel and Carbone’s Sustaining Our Planet text (2020).

In this paper, you will explore what a future sustainable world might look like, and in the process of doing so, extend your previous descriptions of selected terms and explain how they may play a role in aiding us in achieving environmental sustainability on a global scale.

The Journey to Sustainability

Imagine a future (probably a long time from now) in which human beings have achieved environmental sustainability on a global scale. That means that we as a species have figured out how to maintain a lifestyle that can go on indefinitely. Humans will exist in harmony with their environment, not needing more resources than can naturally be replenished. What would such a world be like? How might we get there from here?

In this final assignment, you will play the part of science-fiction writer, imagining and describing what a sustainable Earth, inhabited by humans, might look like in the distant future. You will need to provide examples throughout to support your descriptions. You should include all the terms that you have researched during Weeks 1 through 4 of this class, underlining each term as you include it. Be sure to expand on your terms and include other concepts that you learned in the course. Provide as detailed a picture as possible of how that future world might function on a day-to-day basis. In your paper, use grammar and spell-checking programs to insure clarity. Proofread carefully prior to submitting your work. Finally, you will submit the document to Waypoint.

Your paper will consist of seven paragraphs using the format below to address the elements with the assumption that environmental sustainability has been achieved:

  • Paragraph 1:
    • Describe how the human relationship to nature will be different from what it is at present.
    • Examine how humans will cope differently with the ways that natural phenomena like hurricanes affect lives.
  • Paragraph 2:
    • Describe what Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems will look like in a sustainable future.
    • Explain what humans have done differently to enable biodiversity and ecosystems to function sustainably.
  • Paragraph 3:
    • Examine how agricultural production will be different in a sustainable future.
  • Paragraph 4:
    • Differentiate between how humans will manage water resources (fresh water and ocean) in the sustainable future compared to how it is done now.
  • Paragraph 5
    • Examine how humans will meet their energy needs in the future in a way that will enable maintenance of a sustainable, habitable atmosphere and climate.
    • Indicate the changes that humans have made that are enabling them to maintain a healthy atmosphere and climate for all.
  • Paragraph 6:
    • Describe how waste management will be different in a sustainable future.
    • Indicate the changes have been made to how humans think about and treat what is currently called “waste.”
  • Paragraph 7:
    • Summarize some of the major social, economic, political, and ecological choices and tradeoffs that will need to be overcome for this sustainable future to arrive. What are some of the major issues and challenges humans will have to face in order to achieve sustainability on a global scale?

The Journey to Sustainability final paper

assignment 3


Week 5: Ecological Footprint Update and Course Reflections

Congratulations! You have reached the close of SCI207! Throughout this course, you have been keeping a journal about your experience in the class. The purpose of this activity is to enable you to reflect on your learning: what new things have you discovered, what surprises have you encountered, what topics or ideas you have found particularly challenging, and how the course is going for you. Throughout the course, you have been participating in the Environmental Footprint Reduction Project, and you have been using the journal as a space for a progress report on your efforts.

In your last journal entry of the course, look back over the class as a whole, including your experiences during this final week.

Complete the following:

  • In the first paragraph or two of your journal entry this week, what new things have you learned? What experiences have stood out for you? What tasks or content did you find difficult or frustrating? What activities did you find surprising or exciting?
  • In another one or two paragraphs, looking ahead and beyond the end of this course, what do you plan to take with you from this class? How has this course changed your outlook on the environment? How has it changed the way you live your life in relation to the environment?
  • Be sure to include reflections on your experiences with the Ecological Footprint Reduction Project.

Your entry will be evaluated in terms of whether or not it met the topic and length requirements, and whether it is clearly written.

Your entry should be a minimum of one typed page each (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font) and will be submitted through Waypoint.

Required Resources


Bensel, T., & Carbone, I. (2020). Sustaining our planet. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu

  • Chapter 9: Managing Our Waste
  • Chapter 10: Sustaining Our Futures


National Public Radio. (2010, August 28). ‘The sound of a snail’: A patient’s greatest comfort (Links to an external site.) [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=129475625

  • This podcast provides information on how a nature experience can happen anywhere and despite overwhelming obstacles, and will assist you in completing your Nature Experience Project discussion forum this week. This podcast has a transcript.
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npcCONV. (2010, May 25). Disposability consciousness (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/72Z2wmgLiTc

TEDx Talks. (2016, July 6). Two adults, two kids, zero waste | Bea Johnson | TEDxFoggyBottom (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/CSUmo-40pqA

Web Pages

Global Footprint Network. (n.d.). What is your ecological footprint? (Links to an external site.) Retrieved from http://www.footprintcalculator.org/

  • This web page provides an interactive calculator for determining your resource consumption and is necessary for completing your Ecological Footprint and Comparison discussion forum this week.
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United States Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). Carbon footprint calculator (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/


Water footprint calculator (Links to an external site.). (https://www.watercalculator.org)

  • This website provides an interactive calculator for determining your water consumption and is necessary for completing your Ecological Footprint and Comparison discussion forum this week.
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Supplemental Material

Carolina Distance Learning. (n.d.). Oil spill bioremediationPreview the document [Investigation manual]. Retrieved from https://ashford.instructure.com

  • The Oil Spill Bioremediation investigation manual is available in the online classroom. This lab manual provides information about oil spills and will assist you in your Oil Spill Bioremediation Laboratory assignment. This manual is available for download in your online classroom.

Laboratory Supplies

Carolina Biological Supply Lab Kit  (Links to an external site.)

  • This lab kit provides lab supplies and materials for the hands-on labs that you will conduct for this course. Although the lab kit provides most of the lab supplies for the labs, there will be materials that you need to purchase independently for a few labs. Be sure to prepare a list of what you will need to purchase independently by viewing the lab investigation manuals and lab kits in advance. To see a checklist of the additional lab supplies that you will need each week for this course, access the Additional Lab Supplies Checklist.

Recommended Resources


Ashford University. (2018). SCI207 - The scientific method (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/SCI207+-+THE+SCIENTIFIC+METHOD/1_5325onvq

  • This video provides information on the scientific method that will assist you in completing your Stream Morphology laboratory activity this week. This video has closed captioning.
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