Montana State University

EDCI 591-805: Environmental Science Education: Fall Ecological Field Studies

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Sep 12-Dec 02, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Michael Brody

Course Description

This course is designed for formal and informal educators who are interested in integrating inquiry oriented, experienced-based, environmental studies into their educational program. Participants will learn basic ecological field study techniques and conduct studies in their local environment. A wide variety of field studies will be presented and the participants will share their ecological data and field study results on-line. Basic ecological concepts will be presented in the context of the field studies. The course will address science and environmental education standards especially as they relate to inquiry oriented teaching and learning and local place-based studies. Educators will have many opportunities to share their views on a variety of topics related to the environment and education. The course will allow the participants to learn more about the ecology, teaching and learning.

This is a practical course in teaching about the environment and working with children. We are looking for educators with a variety of backgrounds and would like representation from as many regions of the U.S. and other countries as possible. This will help insure a wide variety of ecological results and good opportunities to compare ecosystems and bioregions of the world. Although it is not required, we suggest conducting as many of these field studies with family, friends, students and other interested people as possible. If you are not currently teaching children, conducting studies with family and/or friends is acceptable. We will encourage you to share how you will adapt or adopt these techniques to your own educational and ecological situation. Everyone's context is different and in this class we do learn much from each other's experiences.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 9 - 12 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Michael Brody, EdD.
Professor of Science Education at Montana State University. Dr. Brody teaches environmental science and education courses for teachers. He has worked extensively on educational issues related to ecosystems, environmental degradation and environmental health issues.


Teachers actively engaged in science/environmental education activities.

Target Audience

This course is designed for educators to learn and practice basic ecological field techniques and integrate them into their instruction.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • A CD-ROM with mpeg video files of 10 different ecological field studies will be sent to you. The ecological field studies videos are suitable for use with students in classrooms or informal education settings. The CD will be sent via snail mail by Montana State University. Accompanying teacher manuals for each field study will be available from the instructor.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact Michael Brody at

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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