VHS Course Catalog
One full academic year of both high school-level biology and chemistry. Materials Provided: Some basic lab supplies (thermometer; magnifying lens).
Students will need access to both a scanner and a digital camera to complete assignments for this course. The scanner is needed only occasionally, but the digital camera will be used every couple of weeks.
This full year AP environmental science class is equivalent to an introductory, one semester, college level, environmental science class. If you have successfully completed both high school level biology and chemistry, if you are interested in the environment and, if you are looking for a challenge, this course might be for you! Because this is a college level course, be ready to commit time to your study. This course will cover concepts in ecology, geology, sociology, economics, biology, and chemistry, that will further your understanding of how humans can live sustainably. Integrated in the course is a field study component which will improve your observational skills, allow you to develop and conduct well-designed experiments, and provide opportunity to interpret and share your observations, results and conclusions with your classmates. You will be applying concepts learned in the weekly lessons to your local field study, as well as collaborating with your classmates regularly on case studies and local environmental concerns to gain a global perspective on environmental issues. During the second semester you will engage in an independent research project which culminates in a project showcase where you will present your research to your classmates.
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement VHS courses are expected to take the AP exam, and are required to report their AP examination scores to VHS (note: students who are failing their AP class are not required to take the exam). Upon receipt of the student's exam score, each score will be recorded by VHS and assigned an anonymous tracking number to ensure student anonymity and confidentiality. By enrolling in an AP VHS class, the student authorizes their school site coordinator and school administration to report AP examination scores to VHS. Exam results will not affect the student's VHS grade or future enrollment in VHS courses.
This course has recommended summer reading. Students are encouraged to complete and submit the summer assignment for extra credit. The summer assignments will help students prepare for the course as well as the AP exam. All summer work for AP Environmental Science can be found here: [AP Summer Work]
You will learn that:
The earth is composed of interconnected systems governed by the laws of thermodynamics.
Humans alter these systems, creating environmental challenges with cultural and social contexts.
The scientific method is and will be important in providing for the long-term survival of life as well as helping humans develop sustainable systems of living.
There are aspects of current and future environmental science issues that science cannot answer.
Scientists present their research in a unique writing style and you will learn to both read and write scientific reports.
Using the scientific method is both fun and challenging as you conduct your own environmental research project.
- Discipline: Science - General, Science - Biology
- Level: Advanced placement
- Grade: 11, 12
- Program: High School
- When Offered: Full Year
- Duration: 33 weeks
- NIM Course: No
- Media Kit Shipped: Yes
- Media Kit Purchase: Yes
- Course Code: riviendc
- MA NCES Code: 03207
Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356)
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
Northwest Accreditation Commission