AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSE EXPECTATIONS
The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is designed
to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental
science. The goal is to provide you 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 man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated
with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for
resolving and/or preventing them. APES follows the core curriculum learning standards.
APES is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics
from different areas of study including geology, biology, chemistry
and geography. The course is designed for students who have successfully
completed earth science and biology. Due to the quantitative analysis
that is required in the course, students should have strong math
skills. Experience has shown that the most successful students
in AP courses are those who are both well prepared and highly
1. Understanding Our Environment- -
I think therefore, I see the big picture
2. Biological Communities and Species Interaction- There's always
a bigger fish
3. Biodiversity, Land Use and Preservation- Extinction is forever
4. Biomes, Restoration and Management- Where will the deer and
the antelope play?
5. Matter, Energy and Life- What makes everything go?
6. Population Dynamics- What goes up must come down.
7. Human Populations- And you thought the hallways were crowded!
8. Environmental Health and Toxicology- Living can be dangerous
to your health
9. Environmental Geology- Rocks Remember
10. Food and Agriculture- Who's hungry?
11. Pest Control- Don't bug me.
12. Air, Weather and Climate- Our fragile veil
13. Air Pollution- Hold your breath and turn up the air conditioner
14. Water Use and Management- Water, water everywhere and not
a drop to drink?
15. Water Pollution- Where did all the fish go?
16. Solid, Toxic and Hazardous Waste- Not in my backyard!
17. Environmental Policy, Law and Economics... or How much are
you willing to pay?
18. Conventional Energy- Hey, who turned off the lights?
19. Sustainable Energy- Get off the grid!
20. Urbanization, Sustainable Cities and Personal Action- - Get
Up, Stand Up
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: A Global Concern, Glencoe McGraw-Hill
Cracking the AP Environmental Science Exam: The Princeton Review (optional)
A 3-Ring Binder, Dividers, pencil or pen, and a simple calculator (Although you will not be able
to use one on the APES exams!!!!)
- Be on time to class. No excuses, no exceptions. Three latenesses
will equal a detention.
- It is extremely important to keep up with your homework. A
significant amount of material is covered in the course- more
than I can present to you in a lecture format. It is assumed that
if you are in this course you will stay on top of your assignments
and readings. Late assignments will be severely marked down.
- If you have been absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to
make up the work you missed. Some labs may to difficult to redo.
Try not to miss class! For each absence you will be given ONE
days grace for turning in assignments.
- Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If you hand in
an assignment that is a replica of someone else's work BOTH of
you will receive a zero. (There will be occasional exceptions
made for lab partners).
- Cell phones and iPods are not permitted to be used in the classroom. If I see them I will take them away from you.
- All students must take the AP exam.
EXAMS (50 %)
The bulk of examinations will be multiple choice questions designed
to cover the breadth of the students' knowledge and understanding
of Environmental Science. Thought provoking problems and questions
based on fundamental ideas from Environmental Science are included
along with questions based on the recall of basic facts and major
Free response essay questions will be included in the unit tests
that will emphasize the application of the principles studied
in greater depth. Students must organize answers to broad questions
thereby demonstrating reasoning and analytical skills as well
as the ability to synthesize material from several sources into
cogent and coherent essays. The three type of free response questions
are: data-analysis, document based, and synthesis/evaluation.
There will be unit exams throughout the year. Each exam
is worth 100 points and will be worth 50% of your grade. Several large projects assigned throughout the year will count as an "exam" grade.
QUIZZES (25 %)
A quiz will be given at the end of each chapter. Each quiz will
be worth 100 points and will be valued at 25% of your overall grade.
HOMEWORK, LABS AND SHORT ACTIVITIES (20 %)
These will include textbook outline homework, article reviews, and laboratory
investigations. Homework and short activities will be graded on a 10 point scale. Larger labs will be graded on a 100 point scale.
PARTICIPATION (5 %)
Your participation in class discussions WILL help your grade. Voice your thoughts. Your questions and opinions matter.
I am available for extra help every day after school in room 211 from
2:20 - 2:45 pm. You can also e-mail questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My school phone number is 845-256-4100 x 61814. Classroom notes and review sheets can be found on my website: cathylaw.com.
Note: Special Thanks to Chris Viasco for 113 Ways to Go APES
and curriculm outline phrases!