Environmental Science Syllabus

Course Description:

This course is available to juniors and seniors. It will investigate the local environmental and human influences on it. Aquatics, plants, soils, wildlife and biodiversity will be studied. This course will focus on observation, experimentation, data collection, and analysis. There will be a heavy outdoor component to this course. Students will complete a major project, focusing on a local environmental issue. 

 

Things to know about this course:

1.   We will be going outside. There is nature outside. Some days will be hot, other days will be cold, and some days will be just right. Some parts of the ecosystem may bother you. This includes, but is not limited to: insects flying around your head, small animals making a lot of noise as they run away from you in terror, plants with thorns, dirt, mud, grass clippings, etc. This course is an elective, if you choose to take it, you will be asked to refrain from whining or complaining about the conditions. Excessive whining will hurt your participation grade.

2.   You will be learning to write for science. The final is a paper. All students will complete the final regardless of their cumulative average.

 

 Assignments and Grading:

Field Notebook = 30%

            Approximately 40% of our class time will be spent outside. Students will be required to keep a field notebook detailing how this time is spent.

Projects/presentations = 40%

Labs/Classwork/Homework = 30%

 

OUTDOOR SAFTEY RULES

Weather allowing, we will be going outside several times a week. In order to be able to participate in the outdoor activities students need to adhere to the following rules:

1.     Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times outside.

2.     Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before proceeding.

3.    Never fool around outside. Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.

  

LABROTORY SAFTEY RULES

1.     Conduct yourself in a responsible manner at all times in the laboratory.

2.     Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully. If you do not understand a direction or part of a procedure, ask the instructor before proceeding.

3.     When first entering a science room, do not touch any equipment, chemicals, or other materials in the laboratory area until you are instructed to do so.

4.     Do not eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum in the laboratory. Do not use laboratory glassware as containers for food or beverages.

5.     Never fool around in the laboratory. Horseplay, practical jokes, and pranks are dangerous and prohibited.

6.     Observe good housekeeping practices. Work areas should be kept clean and tidy at all times.

7.     Experiments must be personally monitored at all times. You will be assigned a laboratory station at which to work. Do not wander around the room, distract other students, or interfere with the laboratory experiments of others.

8.     Report any accident (spill, breakage, etc.) or injury (cut, burn, etc.) to the instructor immediately, no matter how trivial it may appear.