The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.
AP Environmental Science – Course Content:
Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. There are several unifying themes that cut across topics. The following are course themes:
• Science is a process. • Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
• The Earth itself is one interconnected system. • Humans alter natural systems.
• Environmental problems have a cultural and social context. • Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
AP Environmental Science – Topic Outline:
I. Earth Systems and Resources
II. The Living World
IV. Land and Water Use
V. Energy Resources and Consumption
VII. Global Change
AP Environmental Science Exam: Format of Assessment – 3 Hours
Section I: Multiple Choice | 100 Questions | 90 Minutes | 60% of Exam Score
• Discrete Questions and Questions in Sets
Section II: Free Response | 4 Questions | 90 Minutes | 40% of Exam Score
• Data Set (1 question)
• Document-Based Question (1 question)
• Synthesis and Evaluation (2 questions)
Link to DMPS Grading Resources: http://grading.dmschools.org
Link to Course Resources: http://science.dmschools.org
Link to Course Information @ AP Central: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2128.html