I look forward to pondering the dilemmas that are inherent in the interaction between humans and the Earth we inhabit.
The goal of the AP Environmental Science (APES) 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 anthropogenic. These understandings are essential to evaluate and create reasonable solutions to a variety of environmental challenges. APES is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. There are unifying themes that run throughout the study of environmental science. We will discuss these themes in depth.
This is a rigorous college level science class. I will make jokes about being "peaceful tree-huggers", but don't think that this is an easy science class. There will be a variety of ways we will prepare for the international APES exam on May 5th, 8am. Activities will include, but not limited to: case-studies, in-class and at-home labs, research, and socratic discussions. APES is a powerful class that will change how you think about the natural and human world. Please come to class prepared with an open mind and a strong work ethic.
After school, MONDAY is the school wide Science Study Hall; I am willing to meet with students or parents at a time that works, but you must schedule it ahead of time.
Late Policy: This is a college level class, so there are college level expectations. Turn your work in on time or do not get credit. It is in your best interest to turn in your assignments on time! Should you have extreme circumstances, be sure to communicate your needs via email (email@example.com) or in person (NOT the day the assignment is due and during regular school hours 7:50am - 4:15pm).
The following contains a sampling of terms students will need to know for success in this class. These two resources will be VERY helpful in preparing for both in class exams, but also the APES exam in May. Please use them... HINT: just like on the APES exam, if you use "phrases to avoid" YOU WILL NOT GET CREDIT for your response. You are in high school, I expect a higher level of thought and greater rhetorical skills.
Topics in this class will seem daunting to overcome. Global Climate Change is occurring now and will continue to affect all of us in the future. This 15 year old is standing up! Here is his speech at the United Nations. What will you do?