• AHS Environmental Science Course Syllabus 

    Course information

                Full year course offered 7th period


    Course prerequisites and/or grade level or other restrictions

                Successfully completed Earth Science and Biology


    Teacher contact information

                Bonnie White                                                  Prep 4th period 

                Phone: 726-3216 ext. 2319                                E-mail: bwhite@arleeschools.org


    Course description/student learning objectives

    AHS environmental science is a curriculum that is designed to introduce students to major ecological concepts and the environmental problems that affect the world in which we live. This program provides one way in which students can become aware of the interactions of people and their environment.


    Course content/student learning objectives - Next Generation Science Standards

                Unit 1 Principles for Understanding Our Environment – ESS2B-D, PS3B, LS1-C, LS2, LS4, ETS1

                            Understanding our Environment

                            Principles of Science and Systems

                            Cool School Challenge

                            Matter, Energy, Life

                            Evolution, Biological Communities, Species Interactions


                            Population Biology


                Unit 2 People in the Environment – ESS3C

                            Human Populations

                            Environmental Health and Toxicology

                            Food and Hunger

                            Farming: Conventional and Sustainable Practices


                Unit 3 Managing Living Systems – LS2, LS4

                            Biodiversity: Preserving Species

                            Biodiversity: Preserving Landscapes

                            Restoration Ecology


                Unit 4 Physical Resources and Environmental Systems –ESS2C-D, ESS3

                            Earth Resources

                            Air, Weather, Climate

                            Air Pollution

                            Water Use and Management

                            Water Pollution


                Unit 5 Issues and Policy – ESS3C-D, ETS1

                            Conventional Energy

                            Sustainable Energy

                            Global Climate Change

                            Hazardous Waste

                            Urbanization and Sustainable Cities

                            Ecological Economics

                            Environmental Policy, Law, and Planning

                            What can we do to make a difference?


    Required materials         

    All students should have pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, a 3 ring binder, text book, calculator, and chrome book.  


    Grading policy/assignment policies

    The grading scale is posted in the student handbook. A student will pass with a grade of at least a D-. 

    A+  100              B+  87-89             C+  77-79             D+ 67-69             F 59 & below
    A     94-96          B    84-86             C    74-76             D   64-66
    A-   90-93          B-   80-83             C-  70-73             D-  60-63 
    The grades will be calculated by the following percentages:  Projects 50%, Tests 20%, Homework 20%, and Daily Participation 10%. 

    Late Work Policy

    The policy regarding late work is as follows: all late work will be recorded as half credit.  Late work during the week will be accepted no later than the following Monday.  After that the work will be counted as a zero. 

    According to the Arlee High School student handbook, if work is assigned on a day when a student is absent (excused), the student will have that day plus a day to make up the work without penalty. If the assignment is given before the student is absent, the work is due on its normal due date as long as the student is present that day. Students do not receive extra days to turn in work they knew about prior to an absence.


    Student Expectations Professionalism and Conduct

    Students are expected to behave responsibly, respectfully, safely and to take their learning seriously. Personal digital devices are NOT allowed in the classroom. 

    Students will have 4 hall passes each semester to be used at their discretion.  If they have unused hall passes at the end of the semester they may turn those in for 5 extra credit points each.