A course which provides students with a solid grounding in environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. It looks at sustainability in current local and global settings, is cross-curricular and contains Level 2 Achievement Standards. There is a large component of ecological and geological science which is studied in a local setting. The ability to undertake effective group work in the classroom and in the field is a key component for achieving success in this subject. Animal physiology is also studied and applied to ecosystem survival.
This course provides students with a solid grounding in the interdependence of natural cycles and society. Natural cycles and processes investigated are those located in the ocean, atmosphere and the Earth’s geology. Environmental Science also involves students investigating the other planets for extremophiles, developing a detailed knowledge of local flora and fauna and designing and implementing their own experiment on erosion.