AP Environmental Science
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. According to the AP College Board, the goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand 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 them.
This class is an interactive class that involves indoor and outdoor laboratory activities, field studies, case studies, classwork and discussion, reading and reflection assignments, and individual and group projects.
Miller, G., & Spoolman, S. E. (2012). Living in the Environment (17th ed., AP Edition). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
This course will include, and you will be evaluated on, the following types of assignments. Grading will be determined using the system of accumulated overall points.
- Major Summative: 80%
- Minor Summative: 20%
- Formal Formative: 0%
Tests will be designed to mimic the conditions present during the APES exam. Both multiple-choice and free-response sections will be timed according to the time constraints present during the APES exam.
On a unit test, if a student earns less than 80%, one opportunity for reassessment will be provided. It is the student’s responsibility to request a reassessment. A maximum grade of 80% can be earned on the reassessment. Revisions to major summative assignments such as formal lab reports and research papers are encouraged.
Students must complete their own work. Plagiarism includes using another student's work and presenting it as their own as well we copying and pasting information from a source. APA citation is used in all science courses.
Course materials and assignments will be housed and submitted in Schoology. I will score and comment on your work in schoology but the official gradebook of record remains StudentVue/ParentVue.
Any assignment that is not turned in by the due date will be considered late and will be marked as such in the gradebook.
The APES exam is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. There are 80 multiple-choice questions (60% of the grade, 90 minutes) and 3 free-response questions (40% of the grade, 70 minutes). The free-response questions consist of one which you will design and analyze an investigation, one which you will analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution using models and representations, and one which you will analyze an environmental problem and propose a solution using calculations. The exam is graded on a 1-5 scale. AP College Board recommendations pertaining to AP credit are as follows:
5—student is extremely well qualified
APES exam is scheduled for 14 May 2021, 12:00 pm
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