AP Environmental Science

From: $122.00 / month for 8 months

Prerequisite:  Biology and Algebra 1

Grades:  10th–12th

Class:  Thu 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET and Fri 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ET (lab)

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 16, 2025

Prepaid:  $899

Instructor: Lisa Duckworth

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Course Description

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Course Syllabus

AP Environmental Science meets twice a week: Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET and Fridays from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, for a total of 2.5 hours of instruction.

This course is designed to encourage student investigations of science and provide students with the necessary skills to be proficient in Environmental Science. AP Environmental Science is designed to introduce students to major ecological concepts and the environmental problems that affect the world in which we live. There is an urgent need for environmental education. This program provides one way in which students can become aware of the interactions between people and their environment. The course focuses on concepts that are real-life issues. It promotes awareness and understanding of practical everyday problems that affect our lives and relates important environmental issues to the lives of students and their families. This course will provide students with a foundation of understanding, knowledge, and skills to deal effectively with environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain, endangered species, and invasive plants and animals.

Students learn a variety of basic laboratory and field techniques, including soil and water sampling. The course incorporates both academic and applied studies that include fieldwork in the student’s local area watershed. The structure and function of natural ecosystems, the history of the environmental movement, and the impact of legal, economic, and political systems on environmental concerns are taught. Students also gain a broad awareness of environmental science and technological career opportunities. An emphasis is placed on students using critical thinking and analytical skills to make a positive impact on the environment.

Course Structure

This course is structured to cover the 9 units, 4 Big Ideas, and 7 Science Practices that are tested on the AP Environmental Science Exam. Labs, textbook readings, videos, homework, and classwork. Each of the topics within the nine units is covered in-depth, and the students will be assessed after completing each topic unit. Students should expect to work independently and be prepared for college-level work. This course requires a significant time investment to cover all the required material.

The live classes will consist of hands-on labs, demos, some lectures and class discussion sessions. Outside classwork will include textbook and online readings, worksheets, videos, and online laboratory investigations.

Who should enroll?

This course is for students enrolled in 10-12th grades. It is recommended that the student has had a basic high school introductory biology course and completed Algebra 1.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures and other videos as assigned
  • Computer access
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides access
  • Printer
  • Scanner, smart phone, or tablet with ability to scan

Evaluation and Feedback

All grades will be available in Canvas for students and parents. Assignments will be graded within one week of a submission. Students will be evaluated through performance on quizzes & tests, mini-laboratory investigations, formal lab reports, homework, and independent projects. A progress report will be given mid-semester and at the end of a semester. Parent conferences are available upon request. Mastery Checks (i.e. Quizzes) will comprise 20%, Assessments (Unit Tests & Semester Exam) will comprise 20 % , Labs & Mini-Labs 25%, Assignments 15%, Professionalism 10% & and Projects 10%.
Parents and Students may contact me through Canvas. I will respond within 48 hours to all communications. Please do not hesitate to contact me or ask questions.

Required Texts

  • Environmental Science for the AP Course by Friedland and Relyea 4th edition, ISBN: 9781319409289,
    • There is an ebook available ISBN: 9781319470982
  • A lab equipment and supplies list will be sent after enrollment.



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Instructor Bio

Lisa Duckworth

Hi! I am Lisa Duckworth, and I am super excited to teach science with Aim Academy! I have been an educator for 30 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) and have taught science to all ages of students. I started teaching public high school science in NC – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Biology and then took time off to be a homeschooling mom to 4 fabulous kids. Over the last 20 years, I have been teaching in our homeschool coop, and my teaching repertoire has expanded to math, history, English, art, and science classes for all ages, you name a topic, and I have probably taught a course in it over the years. For the last seven years, I have been teaching science summer camp classes to kids ages 7-16 and teaching science classes at our local community college and I am an AP Reader for Environmental Science in June each year. But, as you can probably tell, I love science! Contact: lduckworth[at]aimacademy.online


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