Segment A of Environmental Science teaches that the environment is made up of aquatic, terrestrial, and human-made eco-systems which consist of diverse living and non-living components. This environment changes over time and among geographic areas. People acting individually and/or as groups influence this environment, and in fact, the health of all living things is directly related to the quality of the environment.

Segment B of Environmental Science B teaches that life in ecosystems is dependent on underlying abiotic factors. Humans depend upon the management and practices of agricultural systems. Sustainable use of natural resources is essential to provide for the needs and wants of all living things now and in the future.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Ethics
  • History of Environmental Science
  • Science Process and Environmental Science
  • Matter and the Environment
  • Energy and the Environment

Ecosystems and their Interactions

  • Biosphere and Ecosystems
  • Major Terrestrial and Aquatic Biomes
  • Energy Flow through an Ecosystem
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Population Dynamics
  • Limiting Factors in an Ecosystem
  • Ecological Niches
  • Succession in an Ecosystem

Surface Water

  • Water Resources
  • Oceans
  • Humans, Water and Waste Water
  • Watersheds – Evaluate health of a watershed
  • Wetlands – Roles and Functions
  • Water Pollution
  • Aquatic Adaptations
  • Ocean’s Impact on Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Ocean`s Impact on Climates

Atmosphere

  • Measures of Central Tendencies
  • Stem and Leaf Plots and Histograms
  • Box and Whisker Plots
  • Scatter Plots
  • Probability and Odds
  • Permutations and Combinations

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Earth’s Systems

  • Earth as a System
  • Earth’s Formation and Ecosystems
  • Climate and Fragile Ecosystems
  • Rocks’ Influence on Ecosystems
  • Ecosystems and Magnetic Fields
  • Soil and Ecology
  • Weather and Ecology

Biodiversity

  • Characteristics of Populations
  • Limits to Population Growth
  • Human Population Growth
  • Problems of Overpopulation
  • Global Population Patterns
  • Climate and Its Causes
  • World Climates
  • Climate Change

Agriculture and Ecosystem

  • Defining Biodiversity
  • Threats to Biodiversity
  • Conserving Biodiversity
  • Conservation Biology
  • Genetic Diversity

Pollution

  • What is IPM?
  • IPM Tactics – Physical Methods
  • IPM Tactics – Biological and Genetic Methods
  • Using Pesticides
  • Laws and IPM Policies

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B