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Burlington High School  Science Department Advanced Placement Environmental Science Teacher: Jill McInerney mcinerney@burlington.mec.edu Course Overview    This course offers students the opportunity to earn college credit in Environmental  Science; Students will be successfully prepared to take the AP Environmental Science exam in  May.  We will be using the text  Environment, Topics Topic 1: Introduction to Environmental Science Total course time: 1.5  weeks Major Concepts: *The scientific method Chapter 1 *Intro to environmental science *History of US environmental issues and laws Chapter 2 * Silent Spring  and Rachel Carson * A Civil Action  Labs, Activities, and Major Assignments: * A Civil Action  book review *Habitat planning activity *Introduction to  Silent Spring *US Environmental history timeline Topic 2: The Fundamentals of Ecology Total Course Time: 25% (6 weeks) Corresponding Chapters: 3-6 Major Concepts: *What is ecology? Chapter 3 *The structure of ecosystems *Feeding relationships  *Ecological Pyramids *Matter and life *Laws of Thermodynamics 1
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*Ecosystem balance and relationships Chapter 4 *Ecological succession *Evolution and adaptations *Biogeochemical cycles Chapter 5 *Plate tectonics *Earth history and geologic time *Biomes of the world (aquatic and terrestrial) Chapter 6 *Biome presentation and brochure *Trophic levels activity *Plate Tectonics activity *World food webs *Ecological succession activity Topic 3: The Human Population Total Course Time: 10% (2.5 weeks) Corresponding Chapters: 7-10 Major Topics: Chapter 7 *Ecotoxicology *Population ecology Chapter 8 *Limiting factors and carrying capacity *Growth and survivorship curves *The history of the human population *HDC v MDC v LDC *Age structure diagrams *The demographic transition *Problems with overpopulation Chapter 9 *Cultural and economic influences *Patterns of resource utilization Chapter 10 Labs, Activities, and Major Assignments: *”Less is More”- Population activity *World population growth activity (age structure diagrams) *Global population trends activity *Cairo Conference (world population) project 2
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Total Course Time: 15% (3.5 weeks)
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