Content Syllabus

Environmental Science

Course Version 1.0

Course Length: Two semesters

Course Description: In this course students learn about ecosystems and the organisms that live within them. They learn how important it is to protect the many species on Earth and study ways of achieving that goal. In addition, students explore how their own habits affect the Earth’s environment. By the end of the course students will have developed scientific literacy in these areas in order to participate effectively in a democratic society. 

Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge: Students are assumed to have previous knowledge of basic high school biology, earth science, and chemistry principles.  This knowledge is usually gained by previously taking and passing each of these courses.  Students are responsible for making sure they have the previous knowledge described at the beginning of each section. 

Course Outline:

Semester 1:

1.  Introduction to environmental science.  Students will be able to:

2.  Earth’s history.  Students will be able to:

3.  Plate tectonics.  Students will be able to:

4.  Earth’s atmosphere.  Students will be able to:

5.  Weather and Climate.  Students will be able to:

6.  Atmospheric circulation.  Students will be able to:

7.  Earth’s water.  Students will be able to:

8.  Water use.  Students will be able to:

9.  Water conservation.  Students will be able to:

10.  Rock cycle.  Students will be able to:

11.  Soil.  Students will be able to:

12.  Soil conservation.  Students will be able to:

13.  Ecology.  Students will be able to:

14.  Evolution and biodiversity.  Students will be able to:

15.  Energy flow in ecosystems.  Students will be able to:

16.  Nutrient cycles.  Students will be able to:

17.  Water cycle.  Students will be able to:

18.  Population ecology.  Students will be able to:

19.  Community ecology.  Students will be able to:

20.  Ecological succession.  Students will be able to:

21.  Threatened and endangered species.  Students will be able to:

22.  Protecting biodiversity.  Students will be able to:

23.  Terrestrial biomes.  Students will be able to:

24.  Aquatic life zones.  Students will be able to:

25.  Freshwater life zones.  Students will be able to:

26.  Population age structure.  Students will be able to:

27.  Effects of a growing human population.  Students will be able to:

28.  Food resources.  Students will be able to:

29.  Pest management.  Students will be able to:

30.  Forestry.  Students will be able to:

31.  Rangelands.  Students will be able to:

32.  Land conservation.  Students will be able to:

33.  Mining.  Students will be able to:

34.  Fisheries.  Students will be able to:

 

Semester 2:

1.  Introduction to energy.  Students will be able to:

2.  Energy consumption history.  Students will be able to:

3.  Fossil fuels.  Students will be able to:

4.  Coal.  Students will be able to:

5.  Synthetic fuels.  Students will be able to:

6.  Introduction to nuclear energy.  Students will be able to:

7.  Nuclear power plants.  Students will be able to:

8.  Nuclear energy and environment.  Students will be able to:

9.  Hydroelectric power.  Students will be able to:

10.  Tides and waves.  Students will be able to:

11.  Solar energy.  Students will be able to:

12.  Wind power.  Students will be able to:

13.  Geothermal power.  Students will be able to:

14.  Hydrogen fuel.  Students will be able to:

15.  Energy efficiency.  Students will be able to:

16.  Introduction to air pollution.  Students will be able to:

17.  Acid deposition.  Students will be able to:

18.  Climate change.  Students will be able to:

19.  Reducing air pollution.  Students will be able to:

20.  Noise pollution.  Students will be able to:

21.  Water pollution.  Students will be able to:

22.  Sewage treatment.  Students will be able to:

23.  Solid waste.  Students will be able to:

24.  Hazardous waste.  Students will be able to:

25.  Environmental Health.  Students will be able to:

26.  Sustainable cities.  Students will be able to:

27.  Environmental economics.  Students will be able to:

State Standards Check:

The standards for my curriculum are located at:

http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/standards/09ScienceELE.pdf   

As a interdisciplinary science course, this course covers material from all six state science standards.

This course meets state standards.

X

No specific state standards cover this course.

This course meets additional standards as follows:

Course Textbook/Materials: None

Syllabus Completed By: Kristen Grue

Date: August 2010