AP Environmental Science Course Number: 20525 Credits: 1 Pre-requisites: Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Chemistry or Environmental Systems and Personal Transportation To-and-From Field Sites Stephanie Riley E-Mail Address: [email protected] Conference Periods: A3 and B2 Phone: 940-369-1126 Tutorials: Monday , Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00-8:40, Wednesday 4:10-4:30 Course Objectives and Goals: AP Environmental Science is a course designed with a strong laboratory and field investigation component. The goal of this experience rich course is to allow students to learn about the environment through first hand observation. Experiences in both the laboratory and field provide students with important opportunities to: test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom, explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world.” Approved resources: Textbook: Environment: The Science Behind the Stories by Jay Withgott and Scott Brennan (4th edition, 2011) Rules/Class Procedures: 1. Be courteous, polite, and respectful at all times. 2. Respect other people’s property and space. 3. Follow all safety rules and procedures at all times. 4. No food or drinks in the classroom or lab room. 5. No vulgar or abusive language. Supplies/Materials: (required materials other than text) - Journal - Pens, Pencils, Highlighters Grading Policy: Homework/Class work/Lab/Field Investigations Test/Projects - Paper 30% 70% Class work may include warm-up or cool-down reflections, board work, and quizzes. Homework may include chapter readings, practice sets of multiple choice questions, and past free response questions. Labs will include both in-class and extended-day experiments. Students will come in before school, after school, or on Saturdays for laboratory and fieldwork time. Students will work in pairs to collect lab data (or individually if work is being made up). All data collected will be recorded in a student lab journal. Reports will be written and kept in a portfolio. The format will be given at the beginning of the year and will include sections that address the lab objectives, safety precautions, a testable hypothesis, materials used, a procedure, data collection and analysis, as well as conclusions. Lab materials will be provided for all students, and students will conduct experiments in a safe and appropriate manner. Tests and projects may include chapter/unit tests, student prepared demonstrations/presentations, student directed research projects, and full-length practice exams. Important Dates: AP Study Sessions: TBD Practice Exam: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 AP Testing dates: Monday, May 3rd , 2016 Scope and Sequence: Unit Introduction to APES - Scientific Method Chemistry Review Thermodynamics Tragedy of the Commons Ecological Footprint Expectations Terrestrial Ecology IIA Ecosystem Structure IIB Energy Flow IIC Ecosystem Diversity IID Natural Ecosystem Change IIE Natural Biogeochemical Aquatic Ecology IC Global Water Resources and Use IIA Ecosystem Structure IIC Ecosystem Diversity IE Natural Biogeochemical IVF Fishing VIA3 Pollution: Water VIIC Loss of Biodiversity Human Populations IIIA Population Biology IIIB Human Population IVG Global Economics VIIC Loss of Biodiversity Soil IA Earth Science Concepts ID Soil and Soil Dynamics IVA Agriculture IF Fishing VII C Loss of Biodiversity Biodiversity II The Living World III Populations VII Loss of Biodiversity Pesticides and Toxicology IVA2 Controlling Pests VIB Impacts on Human Health VIA Pollution Resources I Earth’s Systems and Resources IVB Forestry IVE Mining VIB Impacts on the Environment and Human Health VIC Economic Impacts Energy V Energy IVG Global Politics Air IB The Atmosphere VIA1 Air Pollution VIIA Global Change: Stratospheric Ozone VIIB Global Change: Global Warming Urban Planning IVD Land Use VIA4 Solid Waste Duration 2 weeks 4 weeks 3.5 weeks 3.5 weeks 2 weeks Winter Break 1 week 3 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks The Denton Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, and or national origins in its educational programs. Admission to career programs is based on age, grade, interest, aptitude and ability. Lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admissions and participation in any educational programs.