Physical Geology and Environmental Science

This class will further your understanding of our Earth: composition, landforms, and the dynamic processes that have created and repeatedly changed the landscape and oceans through time. No matter your career path, you will likely remain a resident of Earth and can apply your learning to your everyday experiences.

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Semester 1, Physical Geology



Semester 2: Environmental Science




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Course Goals are to understand and demonstrate that science is a process enabling us to

  • Develop your understanding of the nature of science as it pertains to the physical world.
  • Understand and describe, qualitatively and quantitatively, the nature of matter and energy and apply your understanding to natural phenomena you observe
  • Understand that energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
  • investigate and understand the interactions between humans and the Earth.
  • Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigation
  • Critically observe environmental systems
  • develop and conduct well-designed scientific investigations
  • Use technology and mathematics to improve investigations and communications
  • Recognize and analyze explanations and models
  • Formulate and revise explanations and models using logic and evidence (critical thinking)
  • Communicate and supporg a scientific argument


Course Essential Understandings - from The College Board, AP Environmental Science

  1. Science is a process.
    • Science is a method of learning more about the world.
    • Science constantly changes the way we understand the world.
  2. Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.
    • Energy cannot be created; it must come from somewhere.
    • As energy flows through systems, at each step more of it becomes unusable.
  3. The Earth itself is one interconnected system.
    • Natural systems change over time and space.
    • Biogeochemical systems vary in ability to recover from disturbances.
  4. Humans alter natural systems.
    • Humans have had an impact on the environment for millions of years.
    • Technology and population growth have enabled humans to increase both the rate and scale of their impact on the environment.
  5. Environmental problems have a cultural and social context.
    • Understanding the role of cultural, social, and economic factors is vital to thedevelopment of solutions.
  6. Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
    • A suitable combination of conservation and development is required.
    • Management of common resources is essential.



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