AP Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for the College Board AP Environmental Science Exam. The goal of the course is to provide 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 the relative risks associated with these problems, to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them, and to develop and focus their own political perspective.
The course meets five days a week, for one block, for a full year. On average, a minimum of one period per week is spent engaged in lab and/or fieldwork.
Instruction consists mostly of lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and written assignments—including research projects, in-class assignments, and homework. A minimum of one period per week is devoted to hands-on laboratory experiences or fieldwork. All lab and fieldwork requires a written report. [SC17]
Students will be assessed using a variety of methods, including weekly quizzes, monthly unit tests, lab write-ups, oral reports, and textbook homework.
Text: Miller/Spoolman, Living in the Environment (AP® Edition), 18th Edition