COURSE TITLE: Environmental Science
PREREQUISITE:Completion of 2 lab science credits (Earth Science & Biology suggested)
Students must attain a passing score on 2 science SOL Tests (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry)
DESCRIPTION:Environmental science provides opportunity to synthesize the disparate pieces of physics, chemistry, earth
science and biology while developing the naturalist intelligence. Students will gain an understanding of ecological concepts including air, water, soil, biological diversity and human impacts. Inquiry skills will be developed through fieldwork, service projects, and collaborative investigation while using appropriate technology. Because of the interdisciplinary focus, students are challenged with diverse topics, rigorous
reading requirements, and opportunity for written and oral presentation.
Note: Students enrolled in this course may participate in animal dissection. Students who decline to participate will be offered alternatives to dissection. A student’s objection to participating in an animal dissection should be substantiated by a signed note from his or her parent or legal guardian.
MAIN TOPICS:Air, atmospheric structure, pollution, weather dynamics
Energy production, consumption, alternatives
Land, geomorphology, soil, use and reclamation
Natural History of Loudoun
Populations, biodiversity, limiting factors
Water, watershed ecology, vernal pools, pollution
CREDIT INFO:1 credit. This course can be used to satisfy one of the science requirements for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.