Environmental Science enables students to develop an understanding of natural and man-made environments and environmental problems the world faces. Students explore environmental science concepts through an inquiry-based approach, and engage in evidence-based decision making in real world contexts.
Students will apply science through a hands-on approach, driven by questions such as, “What is the universe, and what is Earth’s place in it?”, “How and why is Earth constantly changing?” and “How do Earth’s surface processes and human activities affect each other?”
Topics covered include: Earth materials and systems, plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions, the roles of water in Earth’s surface processes, weather and climate, natural resources, natural hazards, human impact on Earth systems, and global climate change.
Students will identify the complex and significant interdependencies between humans and the rest of Earth’s systems through the impacts of natural hazards, dependencies on natural resources, and the significant environmental impacts of human activities. Engineering and technology figure prominently here, as students use mathematical thinking and the analysis of geoscience data to examine and construct solutions to the many challenges facing long-term human sustainability on Earth. Students develop models and explanations for their thinking, and engage with major global issues to develop analytical and strategic thinking. Students will engage in science practices including defining problems, and developing solutions.
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