The general Earth and Environmental Science course at ASD aims to prepare students with the knowledge and ability to apply scientific reasoning to a host of applications in their everyday lives now and in the future. This is accomplished by integrating the course content (disciplinary core ideas) in a way that has students utilizing the science and engineering practice skills of questioning, modeling, analyzing data, constructing explanations, and communicating this information to their peers. Students will explore Earth processes, ecosystems, natural resources, human impact, and the cycling of matter. Each semester will culminate in an engineering task that allows students to create solutions for resource challenges and ecological solutions. Students will be challenged and assessed through their ability to construct meaning from laboratory investigations, simulations, and data analysis and to apply this understanding to new scenarios.