AP Environmental ScienceAP Environmental Science

This class is equivalent to a college level environmental science class. As such, it is a fast paced and demanding study of how humans interact with and depend on their environment. It is an interdisciplinary, “big-­‐picture” science that applies elements of all the other traditional sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics). Contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, population issues, food and land resources, energy consumption, and species loss will be explored in great depth.

The course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate risk factors of these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Emphasis in this class is placed on science as a process, energy conversions underlying all ecological processes, the Earth as an interconnected system, how humans alter the environment, environmental problems and their social context and developing sustainable practices. This course adheres to the objectives instituted by the College Board for all AP Environmental Science.

This class is well suited for students that have a strong interest and commitment to better understanding their environment and enjoy connecting science to social and political issues. The course will enable students to:

  • Demonstrate skills using various types of instrumentation and scientific methodologies
  • Learn how to read and critique scientific research articles in the field of Environmental Science
  • Practice using data collected to solve scientific problems and,
  • Apply their knowledge and critical thinking to current social concerns