AP® ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
AP® Environmental Science provides 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 and/or preventing them. Humans have made an enormous impact on the Earth, particularly in the past few decades, with our advances in technology, rapid population growth, and excessive energy use. Our own survival depends on developing practices that achieve sustainable systems that are both economical and ecologically friendly. Therefore, much of the course consists of ethical discussions and collaborative projects designed to probe how different cultures and social structures affect the environment, and to explore potential solutions to today’s environmental issues. Students in AP® Environmental Science engage collaboratively to investigate the real-world problems that face our environment today such as biodiversity loss, energy conservation, and climate change. They study not only our environment but also work collaboratively to understand our role in it. Students taking this course are well prepared for the AP® Environmental Science Exam in May.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of high school laboratory science or instructor permission
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