Environmental Science

  • Environmental Science

    Grade level:

    11 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Physical Science/Biology

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    d

               

    Prerequisite: Biology, the Living Earth & Chemistry in the Earth System

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Enrolling students should have completed Biology, the Living Earth and Chemistry in the Earth System with a grade of “D” or better.

    Course Description: Environmental science is a course dedicated to understanding the interactions between earth’s natural systems and the demands placed on them by the human population. This course examines the scientific principles behind natural phenomena and resource cycles, explores how we utilize these systems and our impact, and potential solutions for the resulting consequences of resource mismanagement and exploitation. The course includes elements of life science, physical science, and social science and focuses on breadth and interrelatedness of relevant current events. Concepts can be explored through inquiry based laboratory exercises, environmental health assessment techniques, student presentations and projects.

    Approximate homework assigned daily:  30 minutes each night

Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science

    Grade level:

    11 to 12

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Physical Science/Bio

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    d

               

    Prerequisite: Biology, the Living Earth & Chemistry in the Earth System

    Suggested Course Preparation/Critical Skills: Enrolling students should have completed Biology, the Living Earth and Chemistry in the Earth System with a grade of “D” or better.  Students who received a C or lower in any prerequisite courses should speak to both the teacher of record and their counselor before enrolling in this course.

    Course Description: Advanced Placement Environmental science is a course devoted to integrating our understanding of biological, physical and social sciences through the study of environmental interactions. Students will examine the causes, risks, consequences, and potential solutions for both natural and human created environmental problems. These concepts are explored through laboratory activities, environmental case studies, and student projects. All students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam in the spring. See individual colleges for specific information regarding Advanced Placement exam scores and course equivalency.

    Approximate homework assigned daily:  Average of 45 minutes to 1 hour every night