Environmental science is a captivating and rapidly expanding field, and this semester course offers compelling lessons that cover many different aspects of the field: ecology, the biosphere, land, forests and soil, water, energy and resources, and societies and policy. Through unique activities and material, high school students connect scientific theory and concepts to current, real-world dilemmas, providing them with opportunities for mastery in each of the segments throughout the semester.
Throughout the course, the following goals will be met:
- Understand the interrelationships in the natural world
- Examine the natural cycles of energy flow and evaluate how human interaction affects these cycles
- Model real-world phenomena and determine possible consequences of specific actions
- Defend the best choices to protect the environment with changing trends in human demographics
- Interpret evidence and communicate scientifically about environmental conditions and hazards
You will be graded on the work you do online and the work you submit electronically.
The weighting for each category of graded activity is listed below.
Grading Category Weight
Lesson Quizzes 20%
Unit Tests 40%
Cumulative Exams 20%
Scope and Sequence
When you log into the Virtual Classroom, you can view the entire course map, which provides a scope and sequence of all topics you will study. Clicking a lesson’s link in the course map leads to a page listing instructional activities, assignments, and learning objectives specific to that lesson. The units of study are summarized below:
Unit 1: The Scientific Method
Unit 2: Ecology
Unit 3: The Biosphere
Unit 4: The Land
Unit 5: Forests and Soil
Unit 6: The Water
Unit 7: Energy and Resources
Unit 8: Societies and Policy