Environmental Science is the study of abiotic and biotic factors in the environment, including human impact on planet Earth. Major units of study include an overview of scientific skills, cycles of matter on Earth, physical aspects of Earth (including rocks and plate tectonics), the living environment (including ecology and population studies), and natural resources. Additional focus is placed on human impact to the environment, including habitat destruction, recourse use, pollution, and global climate change. Civic responsibility through resource conservation and protection is also included with the inclusion of environmental policies in Virginia.
This course aligns with the Virginia Department of Education’s Content Guidelines for Environmental Science.