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    AP Environmental Science

    Prerequisite: Living Environment and Chemistry

    This course is the equivalent of a college level environmental science class.  Students will take the AP Exam in May and have the opportunity to earn college credit, as well as becoming better prepared to take college courses.  This course emphasizes the ‘science’ in environmental science, but also integrates portions of many different sciences.  Throughout the course, students are taught multidisciplinary methods for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to monitor and abate problems within the environment in which we live.  Students then use this information and data to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the risks associated with these problems, and to critically examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.   
    Course Topics: (Total Course Time 32-36 weeks): Module 1: Environmental Problems Module 2: Living World Module 3: Physical World Module 4: Population Module 5: Energy Module 6: Atmosphere and Climate Change.  We will incorporate social sciences such as economics, politics, ethics, and law to understand real-world perspectives on environmental problems.  After completing the course, students will be able to assess their role within the environment and make personal decisions that will lead to an environmentally sustainable future for their community, state, country, and all human beings.   


    AP courses culminate in an exam during the first week of May.  The exam will be Monday May 2, 2016.   These exams are scored on a 1-5 basis, and allow students an opportunity to earn college credit. Most colleges award credit for scores 3-5.  The exam consists of the following:

    Exam questions are based on each major topic area. They are designed to cover the breadth of students knowledge and depth of understanding of environmental science.

    Format of Assessment

    Section I: Multiple Choice: 100 Questions | 90 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score

    • Discrete Questions
    • Questions in sets

    Section II: Free Response: 4 Questions | 90 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score

    • Data Set (1 question)
    • Document-Based Question (1 question)
    • Synthesis and Evaluation (2 questions)
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