Science Department Courses - AP Environ. Science
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
(College Board Approved)
Grade: 11 -12
Duration: 2 Semesters
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Biology and Chemistry: Earth Science recommended but not required. Department
Credit: 0.5 per Semester
AP Environmental Science (APES) is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science. 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, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Topics of study include Earth systems and resources, ecosystems and energy flow, population biology, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution, agriculture, conservation and global change.
Laboratory work, field studies, field trips, and case studies are an integral component of this course. The goal of these components is to complement the classroom portion of the course by allowing students to learn about the environment through firsthand observation. Experiences both in the laboratory and in the field provide students with important opportunities to test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise and gain an awareness of the importance confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
Enrollment in this course involves mandatory summer reading assignment.
Text: Environmental Science for AP, Friedland and Relyea