AP Environmental Science
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 and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary. It embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs or themes that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science.
The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the AP Environmental Science course: Science is a process. Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes. The Earth itself is one interconnected system. Humans alter natural systems. Humans have had an impact on the environment for millions of years. Environmental problems have a cultural and social context. Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
This is a one-year course, and students will be eligible to take the AP Examination. Field trips, field studies and lab work are included.
One co-requisite or prerequisite from among the following courses is required: Urban Ecology. Open to all Juniors and Seniors who have a Science average of at least 88%., , , or