Mr. Butz's Home Page - Earth and Environmental Science
Welcome to Earth Science and UHS Environmental Science!
Regents Earth Science is a course designed to introduce students to the processes that occur on and around the Earth. The topics covered in this course contain vital information for students to learn in ordere for them to be informed citizens. Major topics to be covered in this course include: Scienctific Observation and Measurement, Energy in Earth Processes, Astronomy, Geology, The Atmosphere and Weather, Water on Earth, and Environmental Awareness. Because of the volume of information that is covered in Regents Earth Science, students are expected to work hard to achieve the objectives of the course, and to succesfully pass the Regents Examination in the Physical Setting/Earth Science.
UHS Environmental Science is a course that is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college class in environmental science. The goal of UHS Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the UHS Environmental Science course: science is a process, energy conversions underlie all ecological processes, the Earth itself is one interconnected system, humans alter natural systems, environmental problems have a cultural and social context, and human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.