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  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science (a.k.a. APES)

    Mrs. Burdick-Rutz  2020-2021


    951-294-6450  ext. 3504

    AP Environmental Science is a course on cause, effect and solutions to environmental issues.  We will learn this by using science, as a process, to analyze energy, observe Earth as an interconnected system, examine how humans alter our world and finally reflect that the health of our environment depends on a sustainable Earth system for all of us.

    The materials and experiences presented in this course will help you gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for our natural world.  You will be encouraged to integrate personal sustainability habits into your life.  This knowledge will be developed through discussions, labs, research and writing on topics under the course categories listed in the table below.

    Our course is designed to match the curriculum laid out by College Board at AP CentralIt is encouraged that students take the AP exam.  Students who earn a score of 3, 4 or 5 may receive college credit when they further their education after high school.  This course is accepted as a lab based science course for UC and Cal State admissions (the "D" category).

    Please check with TVUSD to see if your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch because that includes  subsidized AP exams, college entrance exam fees and college application waivers.  If you didn’t need financial support of lunches consider the support for career planning and education.  https://rocketscan.tvusd.k12.ca.us/

         Critical Dates to Remember: You will log in to My AP College board website Course Registration:

    Per 4 7RM2PJ

    Per 5 R3NXPV 

    Per 6 M7Z7QV

    AND go to Total Registration to pay for the test  (demo in class and GOHS AP website). $99 by  Sept 27 

    Semester 1 Final Exam:   Friday, Dec 18 Semester 2 Final Exam:  Thursday, April 22  

    APES College Board Exam:   Monday, 5/14/21 @ Noon

    Semester 2 Final Re-Take:  with senior finals- May 27

    Expectations:  Due to the nature of this course, it is an expectation that you have good organization.  The rigor and pace of the class demands reading, sleep and more reading the textbook in small chunks, it is necessary for your brain to retain information.  A pacing guide will be provided to help you and support your reading schedule.  

    Supplies:   The textbook is Exploring Environmental Science.  There will be considerable online resources available to support learning with  MY AP College Board.  

    Grading Categories:


    Tests, FRQ, Quizzes, FINAL EXAM


    Labs & Projects


    Synchronous Classroom, discussion boards, practice and notes




    Intro Unit- Sustainability Ch 1 and 2

    Tragedy of the Commons Lab

    A Shoe-In Project

    Unit 1:Ecosystems;  Ch 3, 5, 6

               Rot Race-Compost Lab

               Reflection on Walden or Sand County

    Unit 2: Biodiversity   Ch  4, 7

    Endangered Species Project

    Unit 3:Populations   Ch 8, 9

               Invasive Species Project   

    Unit 4 Earth Systems and Resources Ch 11, 13 

    Soils Testing Lab

    Porosity and Permeability

    Mining Simulation Lab




    Intro-  Low Tide at Dana Point   Biodiversity Index Lab and FieldworkUnit 5:Land and Water Use Ch 10 12

                Food Production Project

    Salinization LAb

                LC50 Lab


    Unit 6 Energy and Conservation Ch 14, 15

    Wind Turbines Lab

    Solar Panels Lab

    Solar House Project

    Unit 7 Atmospheric Pollution  Ch 19

    Air Quality Monitoring Lab 


    Unit 8 Aquatic/Terrestrial Pollution 16, 17, 18, 

              Water Quality Lab

              SWAG Bag Lab

    Unit 9 Global Climate Change Ch 20

    Sustainable City Project

    Due to the unknown length of our Remote Learning Model some labs may change but this is my plan

    Grading Scale: 











    100- 97.5










    *Your AP grade converts GPA, ex. “A” in AP=5 points 

    Class Expectations

    1. Scholarship - Try your best. Keep a notebook of all your work to show your knowledge building.  
    2. Integrity Do your own work.  Academic Integrity is critical and routinely enforced.  
    3. Involvement -  Engage in class on-line and at school activities as prescribed.  Ask questions.

    Citations for your Project Research  Credit must be given & plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.  If you cannot cite the website then you cannot use the information! MLA format is standard.  There are sites on the web that tell you exactly how to write one.



    Environmental Science is not just a class, it is a new way of thinking about the world!  Enjoy this opportunity, as you are among the few who will take the time STUDY this discipline.          


     Mrs. Burdick-Rutz