Concordia’s AP Environmental Science students are gaining timely, applicable knowledge of the environment and how humans are impacting it.
The course covers everything from biochemistry to greenhouse gasses and understanding how they work, to biogeochemical cycles, or cycles of matter and energy and how they work together.
“Through a combination of videos and lectures, I am able to explore many concepts ranging from chemistry to geography, and connect them to human activities to understand how we impact the environment,” said Zoey (G12). “I like how the class offers us the chance to engage in diverse activities, such as experimenting, debating, or going on field trips to take samples. These projects really help me to get deeper insights about the role of environmental science in my daily life while having a fun time with my friends and teacher.”
The class studies both sides of every issue and learns there are no simple answers to complex questions. “The main goal is to get students environmentally aware,” said Dr. Kilback. “We want them to understand the intricacies, delicacies, and the inter-relationships of the environment and anthropological (or human) impacts.”
The class is now looking at geology (plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes) leading to the study of pollution, global warming, alternative energy sources, and waste management. The class will collect soil samples from the Van Tri area. Students will analyze the chemical quality of the soil for fertilizer, phosphorus, biomass, sand, salt, and organic matter.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a United States program created by the College Board which offers university-level curricula and examinations to high school students. The program is widely recognized by US universities as well as universities throughout the world. Most US universities grant placement and course credit to students who score a three to five on the examinations.