Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in NGSS Biology or CP Biology and H Chemistry or equivalent.
Requirement: Students must enroll in the 11th and 12th grade courses for the full 20 credits. Students must take the IB exam at the end of the course.
**This is a tentative course offering. We are currently in the process of developing and staffing this course. It is possible that we will not be able to offer it in the 2018-2019 school year. If that happens, the IB Coordinator will work with students who have enrolled in this class to find alternate classes.**
ESS is firmly grounded in both a scientific exploration of environmental systems in their structure and function, and in the exploration of cultural, economic, ethical, political and social interactions of societies with the environment. As a result of studying this course, students will become equipped with the ability to recognize and evaluate the impact of our complex system of societies on the natural world.
Students will study the foundations of environmental systems, ecosystems, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, water and aquatic food production systems, soil systems, terrestrial food production systems, atmospheric systems, climate change, energy production and humans and resource use.