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Ecosystems Courses

Take free online classes and courses in ecosystems and explore the fields of environmental science and conservation. Learn about ecosystems with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What is an Ecosystem?

An ecosystem consists of the organisms and physical elements of a defined area or environment and their interactions. An ecological unit can be large or small, and is balanced by the interaction of all organic and inorganic components in a constant cycle of energy and nutrients driven mainly through photosynthesis.

Online Ecosystems Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to ecosystem preservation and management with free and self-paced online courses. Edx offers courses designed to help you learn about ecosystems, biodiversity, decomposition, the nutrient cycle and more in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in ecosystems courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course.

Get started with the self-paced course, Tropical Coastal Ecosystems from The University of Queensland. This 9-week online course will introduce you to the challenges faced by coastal ecosystems and what can be done to reduce the threats of pollution, rising sea levels, a warming ocean, overfishing and more. Gain an understanding of sustainable ecosystem management, learn the dynamics of ecosystems and go through the process of designing and implementing a virtual ecology experiment.

Learn the fundamentals of environmental conservation with Environmental Protection and Sustainability from the University of Israel. This free, 9-week online course looks at major threats to the environment and the basic principles of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. Learn ways that human development can become more sustainable to provide for future generations.

Explore these and other free online ecosystems sustainability courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.