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Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Instructor: Araceli Anguiano Phone: (951) 736-3211 x2707

Course Description:

     APES is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in Environmental Science. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course promotes environmental literacy so that you are better prepared to make decisions regarding issues that impact the environment and society. Additionally, this course will help establish and build a sense of stewardship for the environment in every student, illustrating throughout the course that one person can make a difference. The course encompasses human population dynamics, interrelationships in nature, energy flow, resources, environmental quality, human impact on environmental systems, and environmental law. Students who pass the A.P. exam with a score of 3, 4, or 5 qualify to receive college credit.


Successful completion of 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry (C or better.)

A minimum GPA of 3.5 and a great attitude with an interest in the environment.

Textbook: G. Tyler Miller, Jr. 2007. Living in the Environment, 15th edition. Brooks/Cole-Thompson


    This is a rigorous course with a significant lecture and laboratory component characteristic of any college science course. Instruction consists mostly of lectures, experiments, discussions, demonstrations, and written assignments—including research projects, in-class assignments, and homework. Approximately one period per week is devoted to hands-on laboratory experiences or fieldwork. All labs require a written analysis. Student progress and mastery of course content will be measured through written exams, quizzes on assigned readings and other course material, homework, laboratory experiments and field investigations, laboratory reports, oral presentations on selected topics and class participation. Topics for this course are outlined on the College Board's® Advanced Placement Program® website and may also be viewed on my website. AP Environmental is a laboratory and field-based course and as such fieldtrips are required. If a student is unable to attend a fieldtrip a make-up assignment of equal rigor will be provided.


     Grades for this course will be weighted as the goal of this class is to pass the AP exam at the end of the year. Exams, essay exams, & chapter quizzes will represent 50-60% of the grade. The other 40-50% will be comprised of Labs & Fieldwork, Presentations & Projects, and Assignments & Homework. There will be no extra credit.

Grading Scale: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 59% and below


By definition, an Advanced Placement course is a college-level course and is intended for students who wish to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. However, as we are still in high school discipline and dress code rules still apply. You are expected to be in class everyday, on time, and prepared to work. I do not accept late work so please check the classroom board and the website for assignments and due dates. If you are absent on a laboratory day you may not be able to make up the lab or receive only partial credit for the remainder of the lab. The AP Exam will take place the 2nd Tuesday in May. In addition you are expected to have a binder, a calculator, writing utensils, paper and your textbook. You will also be required to bring in lab supplies when necessary. You will also need to have internet access and an email address.
This syllabus is subject to change.

Please note that parent involvement is very important in this class as a few take home surveys and labs regarding resources used at home will be issued.