This engaging, AP®-level course follows a combined curriculum of Regents Earth Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. Topics include: Living World (Ecology and Biodiversity), Populations, Earth Systems (Rocks/Minerals, Plate Tectonics, Weather and Climate), Land and Water Use, Energy Resources and Consumption, Pollution (Land, Water and Atmospheric), Global Change, and Astronomy.
Laboratory work in this class will allow students to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and to analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving them.
Students enrolled in the course must successfully complete a minimum of 1,200 minutes of hands-on laboratory work. Due to the fast pace and depth of material, the class will meet for a double period, every day, and students will be responsible for completing work outside the classroom.