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Environmental Science Syllabus


Contact Information

            Teacher: Steven (Luke) Barker                      School Phone: (870) 895-3293

            Email:        School Website:


Course Description

Environmental Science investigates the structures, mechanics, and dynamics of the earth. The course includes fluid mechanics of our atmosphere and oceans, weather forecasting, ecology, studies of surface and ground water and environmental pollution. This course provides a valuable foundation for environmental decision making and is recommended for students interested in geology, agriculture, oceanography, meteorology, and outdoor careers.


Student Expectations

ü  Students are to bring to class daily: textbook (Environmental Science), 1” (or larger) 3 ring binder, pen (blue or black), pencil with eraser, paper, and calculator.

ü  Students are to follow all lab safety rules and classroom rules at all times!  In addition, all students are required to clean up after themselves and to return all equipment to its proper place after class and lab activities.

ü  Follow directions the first (and only) time they are given.

ü  Students are to hand in all required assignments on time to successfully complete this course.

ü  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to look up any assignments you missed.  Ask a classmate or look in my assignment folder.  You must see me before or after class in order to retrieve any handouts.  Do not ask me once class has started.  For each day you are absent, you get one day to turn in the assignment.

ü  If you are absent for a lab, please see me upon your return to make up the activity.

ü  If you are absent for a test, you must make it up within one week.

ü  If the bell rings, remain in your seat until I dismiss you.

ü  Extra-credit assignments are periodically offered to the entire class but not on an individual basis.


Required Assignments and Grading

All assignments, projects, labs, quizzes, and tests will be given a point value.  To determine your grade, divide your earned points by the total points possible.  There will be a cumulative final exam each semester.  This exam is worth 20% of your grade.


Homework: Assignments must be neat and handed in on the due date.  If the homework is late, you may turn it in the next school day for half credit.  You will not be allowed to retrieve your homework from your locker after the class has started!


Quizzes and Tests: Quizzes will be given periodically throughout each unit.  Most of them will be announced, but there will be surprise quizzes.  For a test, you will be given a one week notice.


Labs, Projects, and Activities: When working during a lab, the safety code must be maintained at all time.  If you choose to put yourself or your classmates in danger, you will receive a zero for the lab.  If this happens, the school’s discipline policy will be enforced.  When given a special project, a complete grading rubric will be handed out to ensure a good understanding of what is expected.  When working in groups, there must be equal participation.  If you choose not to do your fair share, your grade will reflect your effort.


“Current Events”: Students are required to find an article about environmental science in a print source or the Internet.  A critique contains a paragraph summary and a paragraph opinion. Critiques may be turned in at any time during the month and can be turned in months in advance. Each critique is due on the last class day of the month—no excuses! Extra credit will be assessed to each student who turns in all nine critiques (September through May).


Participation: Participation is important!  When you participate, you may be helping other students as well as yourself.  If you feel that you need help, come ask for it!



The following assignments will be graded using a rubric. Each rubric will be reviewed prior to turning in the assignment. All rubrics can be found on my web page or in the rubric organizer in my room. Rubrics can be attached to the front or back of your assignment. The assignment is then placed in the “turn in tray” in my room. Graded assignments can be found in the homework return box on the bookshelf.

·       Lab Reports—a standard rubric is used to grade all lab reports. Please remember to fill out the top of each rubric before turning in your assignment.

·       Critiques—a simple rubric will be used to grade your monthly technology critique.

·       Projects—depending on the project, a rubric will be used to explain what details are needed to successfully complete it.



Any copied work or plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire assignment.