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Advanced Placement Environmental Science

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


Course Summary:

 APES is laboratory science and is the equivalent of an introductory college course in Environmental Studies. The goal of this course is to identify natural and man-made environmental problems, study their effects and evaluate solutions.   This course promotes environmental literacy and analysis so that students are better prepared to make decisions regarding these issues. Additionally, this course will help build a sense of stewardship towards the environment.  Instruction consists of lectures, discussions, presentations, case studies and laboratory work.  Approximately one period per week is devoted to hands-on laboratory experiences.  Topics covered include waste management, toxic risks, ecology, agriculture, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, energy resources, population growth, water resources and endangered species.  A full outline can be found on the College Board's® Advanced Placement Program® website. AP Environmental is a laboratory and field-based course and as such fieldtrips are highly encouraged from the College Board therefore they are a required part of the class (only 1-2 per year).



·         Successful completion of 1 year of Biology (B or better) and 1 year of Chemistry (C or better) or B or better Oceanography with teacher recommendation.

·          A minimum GPA of 3.0 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


Supplies & requirements:

1.     Notebook, pencils, blue or black pens, transparent tape, glue sticks, highlighters, and pencil sharpener.

2.     Open an Edmodo account so you have access to class notes and assignments. Go to www.edmodo.com and enter the group code:  Email teacher for newest code.

3.     Sign up to remind.com to get updates and reminders:  text @g6gd6to the number 81010


Grades:  Student progress and mastery of course content will be measured through written exams, quizzes, multiple choice tests, performance on laboratory experiments and field investigations, written lab analysis, article analysis and discussions, presentations and class participation. Grades are weighted as follows:   Exams and quizzes represent 65%, Notebooks, Homework, laboratory assignments 35%.  Grades will be posted online using ParentConnect. Students that do not take the AP College Board test are required to take a final exam in class on the same day of the AP College Board Exam.  Students taking the AP College board exam have the opportunity to submit a grade change only if they meet the following criteria: 1. Grade change applies only to one semester.  2. They have achieved a D or better in class and gave an honest effort (few missing assignments).   3. The score received on the exam is better than the grade in class (5=A, 4=B, 3=C, 2=D, F = no grade change).  Students achieving a 76% or better in class are highly encouraged to take this test and are expected to pass.    The AP Exam will take place Monday, May 1st.   If you would like to receive email updates on grades or other reminders please sign up to Parent Connect (see Corona High website for info).

A=90%-100%     B=80%-89%    C=70%-79%     D=60%-69% (no college credit)     F=59% or less (no credit)



  • If the student has an excused absence it is their responsibility to contact the teacher for make-up work and the work is due the day after they return.  Unexcused absences will not receive make-up work.
  • All work must be handed in on time.   Late work will be deducted points 10% for each day it is late and will not be accepted after 5 days.
  • Tests must be made-up and scheduled within 5 days of the absence.
  • If the student is absent on a lab day or other activity it may not be available for make-up.  Partial credit can be received for completing the lab analysis but performance points may be deducted.  I will do my best to offer full credit whenever possible, however, when lab supplies becomes unavailable it limits the opportunity for points.  Failure to participate in fieldtrips may also result in less points as full participation does not occur.


Class Rules:

  • Students must be respectful of themselves, their peers, teachers and other adults at all times.
  • Copying work or cheating is strictly prohibited.  Students doing so or allowing others to copy their work will receive zero credit and parents will be notified.
  • Cell phones or any other electronic devices are not permitted in the classroom during instructional time (lectures/labs).  If a student is using an electronic device it will be confiscated and parents will need to pick up these items from the administration office.   Phones may be allowed during “work or study” days with teacher permission and with a grade of “c” or better.  May also be used for research, participation activities or as a calculator under teacher supervision and only for the purpose of enhancing the classroom.
  • No food, drinks or gum are allowed in the classroom.  Doing so will result in minus participation points.  Bottled water is permitted.
  • Lab Safety rules must be followed at all times.
  • Consequences include detentions, Saturday School for not serving detention, minus points, etc.
  • Being on time means students are in their assigned seat before the bell rings.  The second tardy or more the student receives a detention or comparable assignment such as cleaning after the bells rings.  Excessive tardiness will directly go to detentions and other consequences listed in the school wide discipline policy.
  • Disruptive students (out of seat, excessive talking, and disrespectful behavior) will receive appropriate consequences.


This syllabus is subject to change.

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