Earth/Environmental Science explores the biological and physical principles related to the environment in which organisms live on Earth—the Earth’s environment in space and its composition, structure, and processes. Course topics include and exploration of the natural systems on Earth; biogeochemical cycles; the nature of matter and energy; the flow of matter and energy through living and geological systems; natural resources; biodiversity; and environmental stewardship.
The course provides students with opportunities to learn and practice scientific skills within the context of relevant scientific questions. Scientific inquiry skills are embedded in the direct instruction, wherein students learn to ask scientific questions, deconstruct claims, form and test hypotheses, and use logic and evidence to draw conclusions about the concepts. Lab activities reinforce critical thinking, writing, and communication skills and help students develop a deeper understanding of the nature of science.
This course is built to North Carolina state standards.