Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of either SCI240 - Environmental Systems 1 or SCI200 - Biology with a grade of "C" or better is encouraged; working knowledge of using Algebra and making graphs; savvy in the scientific process

General Description: In this course, students actively apply STEM professions as they solve problems relating to environmental and sustainability issues impacting their future. A major component of this course is hands-on work in the lab and/or out in the field. It is also a unique transdisciplinary course. It not only covers environmental systems, but emphasizes human attitudes to the environment and interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. Because it is transdisciplinary, it satisfies the requirements for both Group 3 and 4. This course fulfills one (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), as a lab-based science course.


  • Topic 1 – Systems and models
  • Topic 2 – The ecosystem
  • Topic 3 – Human population, carrying capacity and resource
  • Topic 4 – Conservation and biodiversity
  • Topic 5 – Pollution management of soils, water and air
  • Topic 6 – Global warming
  • Topic 7 – Environmental value systems
  • Advanced field research


  • Lecture
  • Field data collection
  • Laboratory work
  • Computer-based modeling
  • Inquiry and critical thinking exercises
  • Student project and independent research
  • Interdisciplinary cooperative learning (Group IV Project)

Equipment to be provided by Student: Two composition notebooks, appropriate field clothing, ½-inch binder