Course Syllabus

Syllabus: AP Environmental Science 2019

 Morgan, Room 401

1st Block

 

Text: Living in the Environment, 17th Edition, by G. Tyler Miller & Scott E. Spoolman

 

Course Goal: 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 alternate solutions for resolving and/or preventing them (College Board, Advanced Placement Program).

 

Grading:  Tests   50%

                Labs/Classwork/Homework  50%

 

 

 

UNIT

 

 

TOPIC

 

1 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

 

 

2 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Environmental Problems & Causes

Critical Thinking/ Scientific

Method and Models                Intro & Ch. 1

 

Matter and Flow of Energy     Chapters 2, 3

 

3 – (Approx. 2 weeks)

 

 

Air and Air Pollution

 

Climate Change and Ozone Loss     Chapters 7, 18, 19

 

4 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Evolution and Biodiversity

 

Community Ecology                         Chapter 4

 

5 – (Approx. 2 weeks)

 

Sustaining Wild Species

Terrestrial Diversity &

Aquatic Diversity                             Chapters 9, 10, 11

 

 

6 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Population Dynamics                       Chapters 5, 6

 

7 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Risk, Toxicology, and Human Health

Pesticides and Pest Control                 Chapter 17

 

8 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Geology and Soil                                 Chapter 14

 

9 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Food Resources and

Urban Land Use                                   Chapters 12, 22

 

10 – (Approx. 2 weeks)

 

Aquatic Ecology,

Water Resources

Water Pollution                                 Chapters 8, 13, 20

 

11 – (Approx. 2 weeks)

 

 

Energy Efficiency and

Renewable Energy

 

Solid Waste                                     Chapters 15, 16, 21

 

12 – (Approx. 1 week)

 

Economics, Politics, Ethics            Chapters 23, 24, 25

 

Materials:  3 Ring Binder

 

Philosophy:  Class will consist of lecture and lab work. Some parts of lab work may need completion at home. Independent work is an expectation of this course. You are to keep up with reading/assignments and come to class prepared.

 

Assessment:  Work may be collected at any time and graded for completion or accuracy. Tests are at the end of each unit. Work is to be on time. Late work will be worth no more than a 50. We have limited time to cover a lot of material, so you are expected to be in class. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get assignments and notes from a classmate. If a test is missed, you will make it up on your return date.

 

Tutoring will be provided on Tuesdays after school from 3:15 – 3:45pm.

 

AP Exam:  The Living World:  Ecosystems & Biodiversity (12 – 16%)

                   Earth Systems & Resources (10 – 15%)

                   Population (10 – 15%)

                Land and Water Use (10 – 15%)

                Energy Resources and Consumption (10 – 15%)

                  Pollution:  Atmospheric & Aquatic and Terrestrial (14 – 20%)

                  Global Change (15 – 20%)

 

 

 

“Everything poops, everything dies. It’s not pretty, it’s APES.”

Course Summary:

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