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Environmental Science, Advanced Placement

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General Description

Prerequisite: Completion of Environmental Biology, Human Biology, or AP Biology with a C or higher

The objective of this course is to have students develop an understanding of the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to comprehend 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. This is primarily a lab and project based class.  Students will also explore concepts through scientific readings, demonstrations, lectures, and practice problem activities.  Students should be expected to take the AP exam.  Fees: Optional AP Exam Fee (Approx. $100.00)


  • Investigate and develop a model to explain energy transfer throughout an ecosystem.
  • Investigate and develop a model to understand the interactions between Earth Systems.
  • Analyze and create solutions based off of interactions between different species and the environment.
  • Analyze environmental problems and propose solutions to promote human sustainability with our environment.

Theory of Action

The goal of science education at EHS is to engage our students through student choice. Each course is designed to encourage scientific literacy and critical thinking through relevant topics and authentic experiences in the lab and classroom.