Environmental Science: An Ecological Perspective

Course No: 3052
Subject: Science
Grade Level: 11, 12
Course Length: Year
Course Type: Elective
UC/CSU Subject Approval: G
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry
Criteria for Enrollment: Science GPA 2.0 or higher
Fulfillments: One of two years of science

Environmental science is the study of our natural environment, with an emphasis on humanity‚Äôs impact on the environment. This is a project and inquiry-learning based course that investigates the science behind today’s environmental issues. Students will be immersed in hands-on science activities, group work, discussions of current scientific research, a long-term scientific investigation, decision-making based on their critical thinking skills, and the design of inquiry-based experiments. The course is arranged in independent modules that offer students a holistic approach towards environmental issues by exploring current environmental problems from a scientific interdisciplinary perspective. While topics will focus of life science related issues, we will also incorporate some basic geological, physical, chemical and technological components that directly impact living creatures.