AP Environmental Science

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. The AP Environmental Science course is intended to enable students to undertake, as first-year college students, a more advanced study of topics in environmental science or, alternatively, to fulfill a basic requirement for a laboratory science.


APES Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of the APES course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the APES course:

  • Science is a process

  • Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes.

  • The Earth itself is one interconnected system.

  • Humans alter natural systems.

  • Environmental problems have a cultural and social context.

  • Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.

On this page you can see links to all of the resources I have collected for AP Environmental Science. Each Unit link will take you to a page of everything I have collected for that unit as a PDF file. If you are absent, or missed part of the notes, or lost a worksheet or handout, this is the place to come.