AP Environmental Science is designed to encourage student investigations of science and provide students the necessary skills to be proficient in Environmental Science. AP Environmental Science is designed to introduce students to major ecological concepts and the environmental problems that affect the world in which we live. There is an urgent need for environmental education. This program provides one way in which students can become aware of the interactions of people and their environment. The course focuses on concepts that are real-life issues. It promotes awareness and understanding of practical everyday problems that affect our lives and relates important environmental issues to the lives of students and their families. This course will provide students with a foundation of understanding, knowledge and skills to deal effectively with environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain, endangered species and invasive plants and animals.
Students learn a variety of basic laboratory and field techniques including soil and water sampling. The course incorporates both academic and applied studies that include fieldwork in the student’s local area watershed. The structure and function of natural ecosystems, the history of the environmental movement, impact of legal, economic and political systems on environmental concerns is taught. Students also gain a broad awareness of environmental science and technological career opportunities. An emphasis is placed on students using critical thinking and analytical skills to make a positive impact on the environment.
This course is structured to cover the 9 units, 4 Big Ideas and 7 Science Practices that are tested on the AP Environmental Science Exam. Labs, textbook readings, videos, homework and classwork. Each of the topics within the nine units is covered in-depth, and the students will be assessed after completing each topic unit. Students should expect to work independently and be prepared for college-level work. This course requires a significant time investment to cover all the required material.
Who should enroll?
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures and other videos as assigned
- Computer access
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides access
- Scanner, smart phone, or tablet with ability to scan
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