This College Board approved Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science class online prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam. As far as AP level science classes, this is less math-based than physics or chemistry, but still rigorous. Students should be prepared to work hard, but will be rewarded with in-depth knowledge about the environment and humanity’s role in protecting it. Engaged students will write papers, create an ecocolumn to study what life needs to thrive, and complete projects that let them improve their own communities directly.
Environmental science is the combination of science, social sciences, and the humanities. In this course students will study the tools of environmental science, ecology, populations, water, air, and land systems and resources, mineral and energy resources, human health, and the future of the human population on earth. We will also discuss current events as they happen and students will have the opportunity to learn soft-skills like research, planning a project, interviewing experts in their fields, and presenting their findings.
This course covers 9 units and prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam. Students will use the textbook, videos, and web links to learn about the topics in this class and will be assessed using questions from the readings, labs, lab activities, and quizzes/exams. The chapter and unit tests are written in the style of the AP exam to prepare students and curved accordingly. Starting in the spring, there will be a focused AP review and preparation to get ready for the exam in May with dedicated class time to review and learn strategies for the exam. Most students spend 6-8 hours per week working on class material. This class is approved by College Board and can be listed on the student’s transcript as an official AP course.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 10th to 12th graders who have completed Algebra 1 and are comfortable solving equations. Completion of Algebra 2 or concurrent enrollment is highly encouraged. This class covers a lot of material in one year and includes more advanced assignments like 3-4 page papers and projects. The student should be mostly independent in completing assignments.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.
Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise, as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. At midterm and close of the course progress reports will be sent to parents. Parents are always welcome to contact me with any issues or concerns, as they are partners in this endeavor.