AP Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science Syllabus

Course Description

AP Environmental Science provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made. They evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing problems. Laboratories support student content mastery in both hands-on and virtual experiences.

This is a yearlong course consisting of 10 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 1 credit towards high school graduation.

Course Overview 

Semester 1

  • Environmental Problems and Sustainability
  • The Living World
  • The Physical World
  • Population
  • Energy

Semester 2

  • Atmosphere and Climate Change
  • Land and Food
  • Water
  • Toxicology and Risk
  • Recycling and Sustainability

Required Course Materials

Please access the list of course materials from the OC Online book ordering system and order your materials as soon as possible. Oftentimes, course materials are on back order and you may experience a delay in receiving them, causing students to fall behind in their online coursework. When ordering used or rented materials, be careful that online access codes are also current.

Methods of Evaluation

Objectives for each unit and AP Investigation will be included in the introduction for each. You will be assessed with laboratory reports, presentations, written papers, discussion threads, interaction during live sessions, and written quizzes and tests.

Grading Policy

Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments:

  • 40%     Assignments
  • 10%          Participation (Discussion Posts, Synchronous Sessions)
  • 10%          Quizzes
  • 25%          Final Exam
  • 15%          Unit Tests

* Semester-long Course and ** Eight-week Course

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