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Environmental Science emphasizes the relationship of plants and animals to each other and to their environment. Students will use techniques of the naturalist and field biologist to study environmental problems.
  • Investigate issues related to how the availability and use of natural resources influences human activity
    Collect, observe, and census information to design or refine solutions to a complex real-world problems
  • Evaluate competing design solutions to real-world problems based on scientific ideas and principles and empirical evidence
  • Analyze complex real-world problems by specifying criteria and constraints for successful solutions

Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
ENSCI01Interdependence within Ecosystems
Students will study natural ecosystem patterns of biodiversity, population ecology and human populations within this unit.  Students will understand the direct relationships between species competition for resources and its effect on population size.  Students will study factors within the environment that influence adaptations of a species and its influence on biodiversity.  Students will apply patterns of population ecology to human populations.  They will investigate human impacts on population size and biodiversity.

ENSCI02Climate Composition and the Atmosphere in Relation to Ecosystems
Students will identify natural patterns of nutrient and water cycling that influence climate.  They will understand how climate directly relates to biomes which in turn influences biodiversity.  They will study the characteristics of the atmosphere including the ozone in the stratosphere and gases in the troposphere.  Students should understand major concepts of human influence and how those affect biome stability, atmospheric quality and in turn directly affect human health and resource availability. 

ENSCI03Human Impact
Students will learn the influence and impacts humans have on earth’s biodiversity and its climate. Students will be able to identify global problems that have risen from overpopulation of humans.

ENSCI04Natural Resources and Conservation
Humans have had a great impact on earth. In this unit students will understand methods, and new societal ways to reverse those harmful impacts. They will inquire their own methods to save and conserve the earth. Students will understand the resources in high demand and how we use them in society. Students will learn new “clean” ways to receive the resources in high demand.