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Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Section #: 3012 (ENVSCI AP)

Advanced Placement Environmental Science is a course based on content established by the College Board. Students enrolled in AP Environmental Science investigate 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.

A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description website here.

Recommended Grade Level:  12

Recommended Prerequisite:  Environmental Science, Advanced

Credits: A two credit course, 1 credit per semester

Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

AP Environmental Science (APES) is designed to be the equivalent of a one semester introductory college course in environmental science. Unlike other introductory courses, environmental science at Herron High School is highly interdisciplinary. We will be discussing topics from the fields of geology, biology, ecology, physics, chemistry and geography. The course will rely heavily on students prerequisite knowledge and understanding of physics, chemistry, and biology. This course is intended to enable students to undertake, as first year college students, a more advanced study of topics in environmental science, or to fulfill a basic requirement in laboratory science, and thus free time for taking other college courses.

The goal of this 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 or preventing them.