• Course Description

    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.


    Course Objectives

    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


    Grading Policy

    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

    Assignments 10%

    Labs 10%

    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