Waste Water Education Day

    Unit 1: Environmental Science-Sustainability(Ch 1, 2)

               A Shoe-In Project

               Tragedy of the Commons Lab

               Reflection on Walden or Sand County

    Unit 2: Ecological Principles  (Ch 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

                Soils Testing Lab

                Rot Race-Compost Lab

    Unit 3: Earth Resources/Land Use  (Ch 9, 10, 11)

                Endangered Species Project

                Mining Simulation Lab

                Invasive Species Project

    Unit 4 Energy  and Efficiency (Ch 14, 15)

                Solar House Project



    Unit 5: Pollution and Global Change  (Ch 12, 13,  16, 17, 18, 19, 20) 

                Food Production Project

                LC50 Lab


             Biodiversity Index Lab and Fieldwork 

             Water Quality Lab


              SWAG Bag Lab


            Air Quality Monitoring Lab      

            Sustainable City Project

     Grading Categories:

    Tests, FRQ, Quizzes  40%

    Labs & Projects  30%

    In-class, QuickWrites, practice 10%

    Final Exam     10%

Rocky Shores Biodiversity Index Lab


  • Advanced Placement Environmental Science (a.k.a. APES)

    Mrs. Burdick-Rutz  2019-2020


    951-294-6450  ext. 3504

    AP Environmental Science is a course on cause, effect and solutions to environmental issues.  We will learn this by using science, as a process, to analyze energy, observe Earth as an interconnected system, examine how humans alter our world and finally reflect that the health of our environment depends on a sustainable Earth system for all of us.

    The materials and experiences presented in this course will help you gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for our natural world.  You will be encouraged to integrate personal sustainability habits into your life.  This knowledge will be developed through discussions, labs, research and writing on topics under the course categories listed in the table below.

    Our course is designed to match the curriculum laid out by College Board at AP CentralIt is encouraged that students take the AP exam.  Students who earn a score of 3, 4 or 5 may receive college credit when they further their education after high school.  This course is accepted as a lab based science course for UC and Cal State admissions (the "D" category).

    Please check with TVUSD to see if your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch because that includes  subsidized AP exams, college entrance exam fees and college application waivers. If you didn’t need financial support of lunches consider the support for career planning and education.  https://rocketscan.tvusd.k12.ca.us/

         Critical Dates to Remember:

    Test Registration: $99 by  Sept 20 or $105 by Oct 31 or $124 by Nov 15, or $134 after Nov 15

    go to Total Registration  (see demo in class and check GOHS AP website.

    Semester 1 Final Exam:   _______Friday, Dec 20_________

    Semester 2 Final Exam:  _____TBA End of April_________  

    APES College Board Exam:   Monday, 5/11/20 @ Noon

    Semester 2 Final Re-Take:  _______with senior finals- May 28______

    Expectations:  Due to the nature of this course, it is an expectation that you organization.  The rigor and pace of the class demands reading, sleep and more reading the textbook in small chunks, it is necessary for your brain to retain information.  A pacing guide will be provided to help you and support your reading schedule.  

    Supplies:   The textbook is new and will be ready soon, Exploring Environmental Science.  We’ll use the old one for Ch 1 and 2 until the new books are checked out to students.  There will be considerable online resources available to support learning with College Board and our textbook company, Cengage.  



    Class Expectations

    1. Scholarship - Try your best. Keep a notebook of all your work to show your knowledge building.  
    2. Integrity Do your own work.  Academic Integrity is critical and routinely enforced.  
    3. Involvement -  Engage in class and outside activities as prescribed.  Ask questions.

    Citations for your Project Research  

    Credit must be given & plagiarism will NOT be tolerated.  If you cannot cite the website then you cannot use the information! MLA format is standard.  There are sites on the web that tell you exactly how to write one. **USE THE PURDUE OWL:  HTTP://OWL.ENGLISH.PURDUE.EDU/OWL/RESLOURCE/747/07/

    Environmental Science is not just a class, it is a new way of thinking about the world!  Enjoy this opportunity, as you are among the very few who will ever actually STUDY this discipline.          


     Mrs. Burdick-Rutz