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Students in environmental science will learn about spheres of the Earth (air, land, water and organisms), renewable/nonrenewable resources, wetlands and watersheds, biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental law. Although the course will explore world-wide environmental issues, it will emphasize those specific to Pennsylvania as specified by the Pennsylvania Environmental Science Standards.Current tools and techniques (including examination of qualitative and quantitative data) used to assess the health of the environment will be explored. Environmental decision-making skills pertaining to each topic of study will be emphasized as students consider the risks and future consequences of human actions. Students will research and present environmental concerns and solutions on both group and individual levels. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about and become involved in Green Careers which are professions associated with environmental assessment and restoration. Laboratory and field experiments, presentations, current events, and group work are used to facilitate student learning.The Honors level course is fast-and students are expected to have mastered study skills and critical thinking skills as well as be able to read science text and write effectively. The content contains a high level of detail and abstract concepts are frequently explored. Assignments tend to be open-ended and students are expected to be motivated, self-directed learners, needing minimal support from the instructor.