AP® Environmental Science

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

AP Environmental Science is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college-level environmental science course designed to prepare students for the College Board AP Environmental Science Exam. This course meets guidelines outlined in the College Board’s AP Environmental Science Course Description (2013) and incorporates the most recent changes required of course content and preparation for the AP Environmental Science Exam. This course aims to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies needed to understand interrelationships in the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems (natural and human-made), evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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AP Environmental Science is a good option for interested students who have completed two years of high school laboratory science, such as a year of life science (e.g., biology) and a year of physical science (e.g., chemistry). It is also recommended that students who enroll in this course have taken at least one year of algebra and have completed a course in earth science.

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Course Outline

Chapter 1: Environmental Problems, Their Causes, and Sustainability

Chapter 2: Science, Matter, Energy, and Systems

Chapter 3: Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Chapter 4: Biodiversity and Evolution

Chapter 5: Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control

Chapter 6: The Human Population and Its Impact

Chapter 7: Climate and Biodiversity

Chapter 8: Aquatic Biodiversity

Chapter 9: Sustaining Biodiversity: Saving Species and Ecosystem Services

Chapter 10: Sustaining Terrestrial Biodiversity: Saving Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services

Chapter 11: Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Chapter 12: Food Production and the Environment

Chapter 13: Water Resources

Chapter 14: Nonrenewable Mineral Resources

Chapter 15: Nonrenewable Energy

Chapter 16: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Chapter 17: Environmental Hazards and Human Health

Chapter 18: Air Pollution

Chapter 19: Climate Disruption

Chapter 20: Water Pollution

Chapter 21: Solid and Hazardous Waste

Chapter 22: Urbanization and Sustainability

Chapter 23: Economics, Environment, and Sustainability

Chapter 24: Politics, Environment, and Sustainability

Chapter 25: Environmental Worldviews, Ethics, and Sustainability

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling