Environmental Science Syllabus

First Marking Period Topics

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Environmental Science

  • Fixing A Hole In The Sky
  • Our Island, Earth
  • The Nature of Science
  • The Community of Science
  • The Lesson of Easter Island

Chapter 2: Economics and Environmental Policy 

  • Economics 
  • US Environmental Policy 
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Fighting For Clean Water

Chapter 3: Earth’s Environmental Systems

  • Matter And The Environment
  • Systems In Environmental Science
  • Earth’s Spheres
  • Biogeochemical Cycles

Chapter 4: Population Ecology 

  • Studying Ecology
  • Describing Populations
  • Population Growth

Second Marking Period Topics

Chapter 5: Evolution and Community Ecology 

  • Evolution
  • Species Interactions
  • Ecological Communities
  • Community Stability 

Chapter 6: Biomes and Aquatic Ecosystems

  • Defining Biomes 
  • Biomes
  • Aquatic Ecosystems

Chapter 7: Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Our Planet of Life
  • Extinction and Biodiversity Loss
  • Protecting Biodiversity

Chapter 8: Human Population

  • Trends In Human Population Growth
  • Predicting Population Growth
  • Humans and Their Environments

Chapter 9: Environmental Health 

  • An Overview of Environmental Health 
  • Biological and Social Hazards
  • Toxic Substances In The Environment
  • Natural Disasters

 

Third Marking Period Topics

Chapter 10: Forestry And Resource Management

  • Resource Management
  • Forests and Their Resources 
  • Forest Management
  • Reforesting Africa

Chapter 11: Soil and Agriculture 

  • Soil
  • Soil Degradation and Conservation
  • Agriculture
  • Food Production

Chapter 12: Mineral Resources and Mining

  • Minerals and Rocks
  • Mining
  • Mining Impact and Regulation

Chapter 13: Water Resources  

  • Earth: The Water Planet
  • Uses of Fresh Water
  • Water Pollution
  • Wastewater Treatment 

Chapter 14: The Atmosphere  

  • Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Pollution of The Atmosphere
  • Controlling Air Pollution
  • The Clean Air Act and Acid Rain

 

Fourth Marking Period Topics

Chapter 15: Global Climate Change 

  • Our Dynamic Climate 
  • Climate Change
  • Effects of Climate Change
  • Responding to Climate Change

Chapter 16: Nonrenewable Energy

  • Energy: An Overview
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Consequences of Fossil Fuel Use
  • Nuclear Power

Chapter 17: Renewable Energy Alternatives 

  • Biomass and Geothermal Energy
  • Hydropower and Ocean Energy
  • Solar and Wind Energy
  • Energy from Hydrogen

Chapter 18: Waste Management

  • Municipal and Industrial Waste
  • Minimizing Solid Waste 
  • Hazardous Waste 
  • The Recycling Process