AP Environmental Science (26.0620)

When is this class offered?

Teacher: Trish Foster mywocket@bellsouth.net



AP Environmental Science is the synthesis of the sciences Biology, Ecology, Geology, Hydrology, Climatology, Meteorology, Oceanography, and Soil Science for the purpose of explaining how life on Earth is sustained.  Broad themes pertaining to the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment are explored (i.e., air and water quality, conservation ecology, terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, landscape ecology, environmental health and toxicology, environmental laws and regulations, environmental geology, and environmental chemistry).  This course explores our understanding of the interrelationships of the natural world while analyzing natural and human-made environmental problems that affect those relationships and examining solutions for resolving or preventing the problems we deal with today through critical thinking activities and project-based assignments.

Students are expected to keep up with the weekly reading assignments and project/laboratory report assignments. In addition, students must be prepared to conduct outdoor activities during required labs and fieldwork around the Vantage Point area or in nearby locations.  Topics discussed in class will be supplemented with films and short video segments, current events in today's news, guest speakers, and field trips.


  • Textbook:  Withgott & Brennan.  Environment:  The Science Behind the Stories, 4th or 5th editions
  • A variety of fiction and/or non-fiction environmental literature
  • Flash drive:  Recommend 16GB USB 3.0 but others will do.  If using a USB 2.0, need a bigger flash drive with more GB to handle the downloads sent home occasionally.


This APES course is open to students who have successfully completed coursework in high school biology and Algebra 1.


  • Tuition**
    $70 per month, 9 month (August 2109-April 2020) - If your child is enrolled in more than one of the classes Trish teaches, you will be notified of a course discount.  This also applies to families with more than one sibling in a class.
  • Materials Fee**
    $100 ($40 non-refundable to hold spot; $30 by Oct 1; $30 by Jan 1)

** In addition to course costs, AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE is due FOR EACH STUDENT on the first day of EACH SEMESTER.  See COSTS PAGE for further information.