The AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.
Essential Course Resources
AP Environmental Science Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
AP Environmental Science Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
Quantitative Skills in the AP Sciences (2018)This reference guide is for students to use as they develop quantitative skills, such as using measurements, gathering and evaluating data, using quantitative evidence to support claims, and connecting empirical information to scientific theory, throughout the course.
AP Environmental Science Teacher's Guide
Use this teacher’s guide for instructional strategies, sample syllabi, and more.
AP Environmental Science Course PerspectiveThe Course Perspective provides an experienced teacher's view of the course.
College Board Store
Find AP Environmental Science publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Environmental Science.