AP Environmental Science

How is AP Environmental Science Different from other AP Science Classes?

AP ES is equivalent to a one-semester college-level course. While AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Physics courses focus on one scientific discipline in greater depth, AP ES addresses a wide range of scientific fields with emphasis on their integration and application to environmental problems and solutions. It encompasses topics from ecology, geology, meteorology, energy studies, economics, sociology, political science, and ethics and has a broad appeal. The application of scientific concepts to real-world problems makes this course especially interesting as well as practical.

The Goal of AP Environmental Science

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them

AP Environmental Science Exam

The AP Environmental Science Exam covers an introductory laboratory college course in environmental science.

The questions included in Section I are designed to cover the breadth of students' knowledge and understanding of environmental science.

There are four questions in Section II. One is a data-set question, which requires students to analyze and interpret a given set of data. One is a document-based question in which students answer questions related to a given document (such as a pamphlet, advertisement, or newspaper article) and apply their knowledge of environmental science to contexts that are current, relevant, and authentic. Two are in-depth synthesis questions and often include multi-part essays.