IB SL Environmental Systems & Societies

This lab-driven, transdisciplinary course prepares students for the IB Environmental Science exam. Students use systems thinking to explore ecosystems, energy and nutrient transformations, population dynamics, biodiversity, and the issues of global warming and pollution management. Students also investigate a range of environmental value systems with reference to specific environmentally-related decisions made locally and globally. Students should expect to work knee-deep in water or trudge through thick meadows, rain or shine, because field work is central to understanding the environment. The course requires a lengthy independent research project which is required as part of the IB’s Internal Assessment.

All students in this class are expected to take the IB exam and to attend a weekend-long IB science retreat, during which they complete an IB project. Students are expected to own their own closed-toed shoes appropriate for wading into a stream. Rain boots are preferred.

A summer assignment is required in preparation for the course.

This course fulfills the life science requirement.

Open to: Juniors and seniors