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Environmental Science

SCI 305/306

Environmental Science

Description and Objectives

Quarter 1

Environmental Ethics

  • Theories
  • Early Environmentalists

Population Principles

  • Population characteristics
  • Growth Curves
  • carrying Capacity

Human Population

  • Rates of growth
  • Demographic transition model
  • Population growth and the environment
  • Appropriate means for limiting births
  • Population issues

World Food Supply

  • Sources of food
  • Agriculture methods
  • Perspectives for future food sources

Effects of Agriculture on the Environment

  • Soil
  • Irrigation methods
  • Cultural study on past uses
  • Biogeochemical cycles

Quarter 2

  • Ecosystems and Management
  • Biogeography
  • Biological Productivity
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Urban Environments
  • Forests and Parks

Quarter 3

  • Urban Environments
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Alternative Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Toxins in Environment

Quarter 4

  • Indoor Air Pollution
  • Environmental Economics
  • Waste Management



Environmental Science:  Earth as a living planet, 6th edition  by Botkin and Keller

Course Requirements

Grades will be determined by tests, quizzes, homework, notebook checks, projects, graded essays, current events presentations, and class participation. In an 8 week period there will be a minimum of 10 graded assignments and some of these will be weighted differently. Students who SCORE C- or lower on a test or quiz may stay after on a designated day to receive extra credit but this option will only be available until the Thanksgiving break.. Please note extra credit is for the student who does not owe work.

Successful Students

From my observations, the greatest challenge for a student in a high school science is the need to do consistent work over the entire quarter. Success in the course will depend on a student’s motivation, consistent daily preparation, reading ability, organizational skills, attentiveness, and the ability to think abstractly. These skills, at the present time, may not be at their peak, but the student’s willingness to develop and apply them throughout the year is essential for a positive learning experience.

Additional Resources

When your son is absent be sure to have him stay to make up work as needed. I try to keep open Mondays and Wednesdays, but any day after school  may be possible . Upon their return to class the student is expected to participate in all activities including tests/quizzes unless a note is presented to me and signed by a parent. Work for a 1-day absence should be made up in 2 days, and for an extended absence work should be completed within 5 school days.