AP Environmental Science (26.0620)

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Teacher:  Trish Foster


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 the natural and human-made environmental problems that affect those relationships and examine 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, Edition TBD
  • A variety of fictional and/or non-fiction environmental literature
  • Flash Drive:  Recommend 16GB USB 3.0 but others will do. If use a USB 2.0, need a bigger flash drive with more GB to handle the downloads I send home occasionally.  


This APES course extension is open to students who are also enrolled in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course. AP students should have successfully completed coursework in High School Biology and Algebra 1 or currently enrolled in those courses when taking APES.


  • Tuition
    $40/month (8 payments - September-April; this class will meet September through early May)
  • Registration Fee
    $100 for the year; non-refundable, due at Registration
  • Administrative Fee
    $150/semester ($300/year) will be assessed each student to cover VPE rent, utilities, internet, licenses, insurance and many other costs.  This is a per student fee, not a per class fee.


Course will need a minimum of 4 students to start up in September.

Students pursuing AP are not required to take the National AP College Board exam but will be offered the opportunity to take the exam in May through VPE.