Environmental science is a captivating and rapidly expanding field, and this course offers compelling lessons that cover many different aspects of the field: ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Through unique activities and material, high school students connect scientific theory and concepts to current, real-world dilemmas, providing them with opportunities for mastery in each of the segments throughout the semester.
Textbook: Environmental Science - Excel Education Systems, Inc.
Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:
- Understand the interrelationships in the natural world.
- Examine the natural cycles of energy flow and evaluate how human interaction affects these cycles.
- Model real-world phenomena and determine possible consequences of specific actions.
- Defend the best choices to protect the environment with changing trends in human demographics.
Interpret evidence and communicate scientifically about environmental conditions and hazards
Semester A 1: An Introduction to Environmental Science 2: Understanding Our Environment 3: Using the Scientific Method and Models 4: Our Changing Earth 5: Organization of Living Things 6: Ecosystems 7: Biomes 8: Aquatic Ecosystems 9: Exploring Populations 10: Understanding Human Populations 11: What is Biodiversity? 12: Water Resources
Semester B 13: Air and Pollution 14: Earth's Climate 15: Land Use and Conservation 16: Agriculture and Food 17: Earth's Mineral Resources 18: Nonrenewable Energy Sources 19: Renewable Energy Sources 20: Waste Management 21: Human Health and The Environment 22: Politics, Economics, and The Environment
Requested competency code:
In order to be reviewed as a laboratory science, we will need a list of physical laboratory experiments completed for this course and number of hours students spend doing laboratory assignments each week.