This course holds many exciting adventures in science. During this academic year, you will learn how to apply scientific processes to analyze and learn about the most important problems of our time by interpreting scientific data and drawing logical conclusions. The class will be unique in that the concepts learned can be widely applied to real life and hopefully inspire personal action.
Emphasis in this class will be on developing process laboratory skills including data collection & analysis, evaluation of information, and oral & written communication of experimental results. In addition to lab work, we will learn about the following eleven units:
- Introduction to Advanced Placement Environmental Science
- Earth Systems and Resources
- The Living World
- Land and Water Use
- Energy Resources and Consumption
- Air Pollution
- Water Pollution
- Global Change
- Advanced Placement Environmental Science Test Review
- Final Projects
1. Develop a lifelong love for the Earth system.
2. Understand how the Earth system works.
3. Analyze how humans alter our environment and evaluate how you can ameliorate this impact.
4. Pass the APES exam.
- Do your best
Proficient scores (A's or B's) in biology and in one physical science (chemistry and/or physics).
Text: Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 3rd Ed.
Internet Resources: the class website can be located by going to www.stephensteach.com, and clicking on AP Environmental Science. All classroom happenings, homework, notes, assignments, labs, projects, etc can be found on the website. The class newsgroup can be located at www.nicenet.org. It is very important to remember your username and password for nicenet so write them down!
Required Classroom Materials
- Science Lab Book (Quad notebook)
- USB Drive (aka flash drive, thumb drive, memory stick, etc)
- A Gmail Account
Your grade will be based upon the following:
*Ds or Fs earn 0 credits
The AP Environmental Science test will be on May 13th! The test includes multiple choice and free response questions. It is graded on a scale of 1-5. If you receive a 3, 4, or 5, you are recommended by the College Board to receive college credit. Credit policy varies by school, but this is a great opportunity to earn one semester's worth of credit without paying to take a class. College and university admissions view AP courses very highly.
I expect everyone in this class to take the APES exam and expect everyone to do well. This entire year will be spent learning and exploring environmental science in a quest to understand and reach sustainability and pass the APES exam.
Late work Policy/Redo Policy
Work is accepted on time with no penalty. Work is accepted after the due date, but within the same unit with a 20% penalty. No late work from a particular unit is accepted after the unit test without a 50% penalty.
Laboratory reports, homework, and projects that are turned in complete and on time may be revised up until the end of the unit in which it was assigned. Tests may not be retaken unless extenuating circumstances apply. In this case a formal request may be written (1-2 pages typed) explaining why you did not perform up to your capability, how you prepared differently, and why you should be granted a retake.
Example: During unit 7 Air Pollution, students were assigned The Ozone Lab. Student A turned in a perfect lab report on the due date and earned 100/100. Student B turned in a perfect lab report after the due date, but before the unit 7 test and received 80/100. Student C turned in a perfect lab report after the unit 7 test and received 50/100. Student D turned in a complete lab report on time, but received 75/100 due to mistakes. Student D then revised the lab report and turned in the revision before the unit 7 test and received 100/100.
Make Up Work
Students who miss school due to excused absences are alotted the number of missed days to make up the assigned work. For example if you miss one day of class due to an illness, you have one extra day past the due date to turn in your work. If you have a presentation or your group is depending on you, don't miss school unless previously approved!
For every 5 unexcused absences or 10 tardies in a semester your grade drops one letter. If you are planning on being absent for a family vacation, college visit, etc, let me know in advance complete your make up work and have fun.
YOU are responsible for making up the work you miss during tardies/absences. I will not remind you.
Cheating will earn you a zero on the assignment/test on which you cheated. If you purposefully give away your work to cheaters you will also receive a zero. No make up work will be given. Often times it is more difficult to cheat than to learn. Just learn, it is more fun.
Letter of Rec Policy
Letters of recommendation are an important component of college admissions and I love writing letters of recommendation for students who excel in my classes. However, these letters do take time and must be revised so that I can make you sound as awesome as you are. Therefore I have developed some guidelines:
- Ask me in person.
- Give me at least 7 full days of notice before the due date.
- Complete a one page resume in which you answer the questions I am asked and include personal highlights you want me to hit upon.
- Give me all of the paperwork with self-addressed and stamped envelopes.
- Don't ask me if you have proven unworthy in my classes.
- Monday: 3:30-4:00 PM
- Wednesday 7:30-8:00 AM
- Friday 7:30-8:00AM and 3:30-4:00 PM
or make an appointment two days ahead of time
The world depends upon science to understand itself, for inventions that improve our lives, and solutions to our biggest problems. It's no surprise that science is a challenging subject for many students. From the first week, it builds new concepts on previous ideas, concepts, and discoveries. Do not get behind in class; ask for help, it is your respnsibility to the world! I expect students to work together cooperatively as we begin and continue this adventure. Respect for everyone in the class (students and teacher alike) make the learning easier for all concerned. The bottom line: I will try to make the class interesting; you must be a responsible learner.