Advanced Environmental Science Course Overview:
Have you ever wondered how pollution affects your health? Why are your neighbors installing solar panels on the roof of their house? Does recycling really make a difference? And what does “sustainability” even mean? If so, you will be challenged to explore, study, and analyze these and similar questions in Environmental Science. We will undertake an interdisciplinary study of Earth – our land, water, and atmosphere – and the interrelationships among the various organisms and non-living components of our environment. Applying principles of geology, biology, chemistry, and physics, students will improve their understanding of the environment and explore the effects of natural and human-caused phenomena on the health of the environment.
Learning topics will include: ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, climate, agriculture, pollution and prevention/remediation, energy resources, toxicology and human health, and sustainable practices. In order to practice the scientific method and sharpen analytical thinking, students will select and complete projects from a menu of options that will include field investigations, laboratory experiments, and research papers.
This is a dual-level course in which students in Environmental Science and Advanced Environmental Science will meet together in the same class. It is expected that students opting for Advanced Environmental Science will demonstrate a deeper knowledge of the subject matter through completion of more difficult homework, project work, and exams.