AP U.S. Government and Politics
With the current changes in global climate, rising sea levels, and warming oceans, it is important for students to discover the state of Earth’s systems and the consequences of human activities. AP Environmental Science provides students with a global view of their world and their role in it. It examines the scientific principles and concepts required to understand the interrelationships between ocean, land, and atmosphere that guide the natural world and allow Earth to be a planet suitable for life. Laboratory activities within the course support their learning of these relationships through reflective, hands-on, or virtual experiences. In addition, students identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made, determining their own ecological footprint in the world to discover how their activities affect the world around them. They evaluate the relative risks associated with environmental problems and examine alternative solutions, such as clean energy, sustainable practices, and conservation, for resolving or preventing future environmental problems.
Note: content varies depending on the course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of ecosystems by explaining interactions between organisms and their environment, describing different forms of energy, and explaining energy transfer between trophic levels.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity by explaining the role of biodiversity within ecological systems, explaining the influence of ecological events on biodiversity, and describing factors that influence population growth.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of Earth systems by describing the principles of plate tectonics, explaining the role of the atmosphere, and explaining principles of weather formation.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of natural resources by explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the Green Revolution, describing the effects of urbanization on the environment, and explaining the complexities of sustainable practices.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy resources by differentiating between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, describing the environmental impact of nuclear energy, and comparing hydroelectricity and wind power.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of air pollution by differentiating between primary and secondary pollutants, describing the environmental effects of acid decomposition, and explaining the effects of noise pollution.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of water and land pollution by describing the effects that pollutants have on land and water, explaining solid waste treatment and disposal processes, and explaining the effects of pollution on human health.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of global change by describing the effects of greenhouse gasses on the environment, analyzing the effects of climate change on ecosystems, and explaining threats to biodiversity.
Module 1: Ecosystems
Module 2: Biodiversity and Populations
Module 3: Earth Systems
Module 4: Natural Resources
Module 5: Energy Resources
Module 6: Air Pollution
Module 7: Water and Land Pollution
Module 8: Global Change
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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