Environmental Science- 3327

Ms. Bohnyak

Environmental Science 
 

NORTH BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL 

(3327/3326) CP Environmental Science 

Grade 10-12 

6 credits - 1 year 

Course Description:

It is assumed that students taking this course have strong reading comprehension skills and have exhibited competency in biology. This academic course examines a comprehensive set of topics relating to ecology and the student’s place in the natural world. Students will be exposed to the mechanisms that drive ecological communities, human uses of natural resources and the problems in the natural world caused by human activities. The curriculum will center on laboratory and field activities as well as current environmental issues. This course addresses concepts in the New Jersey Core Content Standards in Earth Science Systems. 

Proficiencies:   

At the completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Understand and utilize the scientific method and tools of scientists.
  2. Construct and interpret graphs and hypotheses.
  3. Identify plants and organisms in their environment.
  4. Understand the importance of conservation, recycling and biodiversity as they pertain to ecosystem stability and balance.
  5. Explain changes that occur in all the spheres of earth as well as the needs of organisms and their interaction with each other.
  6. Illustrate how energy and elements cycle through the ecosystem and the earth.
  7. Describe the roles of organisms in an ecosystem and how they evolve and how they are affected by change.
  8. Relate changes in the ecosystem to balance and stability and describe the stages of succession.
  9. Explain and describe characteristics of eight terrestrial biomes and the freshwater and marine biomes.
  10. Explain the importance of biodiversity, and the effects of humans and habitat destruction on biodiversity.
  11. List ways to achieve a sustainable environment through conservation of resources and biodiversity, and recycling.
  12. Describe ways to protect the environment through local, federal and international policies.\Depict how organic fuels are used as energy resources and their effects.
  13. Explain how a nuclear reactor works and the risks/benefits/examples associated with nuclear power.
  14. Describe alternative sources of energy including solar energy, hydroelectric energy, wind energy, and geothermal energy and nuclear fusion.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to:

 

  1. Contribute to the learning process of the class by maintaining a high level of participation, cooperation and preparation.
  2. Attend class regularly.
  3. Complete all assignments, labs, and projects.
  4. Take detailed and organized notes.
  5. Follow instructions and safety guidelines.

Evaluation Procedures

      Test 40%
      Quiz 20%

 

      Lab's & Activities 35%

 

      Homework 5%

 

                                                                                            Rev 09/2011