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AP Environmental Science
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Pollution, deforestation, overpopulation, and desertification: these are just some of the issues environmental science wrestles with daily. Environmental science is the study of the environment and environmental problems. This course will expose you to the interconnectedness of all natural processes on Earth, as well as the ecological requirements for sustaining human life. You’ll get up close and personal learning about how individual and collective decisions and policies directly impact the environment, as well as how to balance both humanity’s and nature’s needs without further compromising the ecosystem.

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Unit 1: Earth's Systems
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  • Flow and Forms of Energy
  • Sources and Sinks
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Energy Units
  • The Cycling of Matter
  • The Water, Carbon, Nitrogen, & Phosphorus Cycles
  • The Solid Earth
  • Earth's Formation & Structure
  • Geologic Time Scale
  • The Lithosphere & Plate Tectonics
  • Geological Disturbances
  • Rocks & the Rock Cycle
  • Soil Formation
  • The Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Structure
  • Solar Radiation
  • Wind
  • Weather
  • Precipitation
  • Climate
  • The Biosphere
  • Organisms
  • Population/Communities
  • Ecosystems
  • Biomes
  • Evolution of Life
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Unit 2: Human Population Dynamics
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  • History and Global Distribution
  • Population Growth
  • Population Demographics
  • Patterns of Resource Use
  • Carrying Capacity
  •  Effects of Technology and the Environment
  • Effects of Standard of Living
  • Cultural and Economic Influences
  • Economic Factors
  • Cultural Factors
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Unit 3: Natural Resources
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  • Agricultural Water Use
  • Domestic and Industrial Water Use
  • Control of Water Resources
  • Economic Value of Minerals
  • Mineral Deposits
  • Mineral Utilization
  • Lesson 49: Mineral Sufficiency and the Future
  • Soil Profile
  • Soil Characteristics
  • Soil Fertility and pH
  • Soil Degradation
  • Soil Conservation
  • Natural Areas
  • Genetic Diversity
  • Food Resources
  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas
  • Oil Shale and Tar Sands
  • Nuclear Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Hydroelectric Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Biomass Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Residential and Commercial Lands
  • Agricultural and Forest Lands
  • Recreational and Wilderness Lands
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Unit 4: Environmental Quality
New Unit Content: 
  • Air Pollutants
  • Water Pollutants
  • Soil Pollutants
  • Sources and Types of Solid Waste
  • Waste Disposal Methods
  • Waste Management
  • Agents
  • Effects
  • Relative Risks
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Unit 5: Global Changes
New Unit Content: 
  • First-Order Effects
  • Atmosphere
  • Oceans
  • Biota
  • Higher-Order Effects
  • Atmosphere
  • Oceans
  • Biota
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Unit 6: Environment and Society
New Unit Content: 
  • Economic Forces
  • External Costs
  • Cost-Benefit Analyses
  • Culture and Aesthetics
  • Categorizing Countries
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous People
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sustainability Ethics
  • Land Ethics
  • Hetch Hetchy
  • The Tragedy of the Commons
  • Environmental Laws and Regulations
  • Federal Laws
  • State Laws
  • International Treaties and Conventions
  • Issues and Options
  • Resource Use
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Environmental Involvement
Notice Description: 

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS: If you want to receive “a-g” credit, please note that hands-on wet labs are required. Make sure that your school can provide the equipment and supervision necessary. An alternate method of satisfying “a-g” requirements appears on the UC Admissions page, and requires a “Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any two AP Exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (B, C, 1 or 2) and Environmental Science; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any two IB HL exams in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.” 

OUT-OF-STATE SCHOOLS: Schools not interested in “a-g” credit are welcome to use the online portion of the course without providing wet labs but should know that wet labs constitute 20-25% of the full course.