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SC730 AP Environmental Science

Grade: 11, 12

Subject Area: Science

Type: Advanced Placement, Articulated Credits

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: Biology

Notes:  Chemistry or Physics are prerequisites to this course, but may be taken concurrently. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation.

This is a year-long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. College Advanced Program The goal of the AP Environmental Science 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, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. This course will fulfill the biological science credit for graduation. Students will be encouraged to take the AP exam in May. Offered alternate years 2020-2021, 2022-2023, 2024-2025.

Outcomes:

  • Use scientific literature, empirical data, and the scientific method to analyze and address environmental issues in regards to Earth’s interconnected systems as required by the AP exam
  • Explore and evaluate both the negative and positive impacts human populations and new scientific and technological advancements have on ecosystems including the impact on energy and mass
  • Distinguish between sound and “junk” science