THIS COURSE REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 6 STUDENTS!
AP Environmental Science looks at elements of nature, the problems we experience locally and globally, and possible solutions to address these problems. Recognizing that many problems in nature involve the human race, wouldn’t it also be important to understand where people and their cultures have established themselves around our world? This is where the connection to AP Human Geography comes in.
Vantage Point Education’s 2020-2021 combo class will examine the impact that humans have made and continue to make on our planet with careful attention to recognize our relationship to its vital biological processes. Concepts discussed include population growth and what it consumes, the issues around agricultural activities, the use of genetically modified organisms, the impact cities and industries have on air, water and noise pollution, as well as the effects of globalization on earth’s carrying capacity. The goal of this AP pairing is to bridge the content of both courses into one, giving the student a more immersive experience and ability to tie both topics together.
College Board’s AP Human Geography course description:
“The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socio‐economic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.”
College Board’s AP Environmental Science course description:
“The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships 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 and/or preventing them.”
Why is AP a good high school course route?
- Shows rigor on high school transcripts
- Ability to earn college credit by taking the optional College Board National AP exams offered the first two weeks in May
- Exposes high school students to the material and concepts typically covered in introductory/foundational college courses
- Satisfies one of the lab sciences and one of the humanities required high school courses
- Student assignments/homework merge both APES and APHUG concepts together so there is only one set of outside class work each week
- Attractive to post-secondary schools and scholarship offerings
- Builds critical thinking skills and writing skills
In preparation for the school year, students will receive an engaging summer assignment that sets them up for success. In addition, this course will be taught by two qualified, College Board-approved instructors. Time is reserved on Thursday afternoons to accommodate additional lab activities, field trips, projects, or online class support.
$100 per month for 9 months
- Materials Fee**
$150 for the year; due at Registration
** 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.