Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF Environmental Science
Credit Hours: 1.0
Course Length: 2 Semesters
This course is designed to acquaint students with the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science. The scientific method is used to analyze and understand the interrelationships between humans and the natural environment. The course shows how ecological realities and the material desires of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution. The course consists of six chapters covering the following topics: Earth’s Systems, Human Population Dynamics, Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, Global Changes, and Environment and Society. Chapters are divided into several subsections, each of which contains text, animations, laboratory simulations, and video presentations by experts.
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- Read, understand, and interpret a variety of scientific information.
- Demonstrate proficiency in explaining, analyzing, and evaluating environmental problems and their solutions.
- Apply the concepts and procedures of scientific reasoning to understanding the natural world.
- Perform field studies and experiments, interpret the results of observations, and communicate results and conclusions.
Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1 and teacher recommendation. The prior completion of Physics and honors level English courses is highly recommended.
Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials
Title: Environmental Science