Environmental Science


Alaska Independent Distance Education

Course Information

Instructor: Mr. Joseph G. Marley

1 Carnegie Credit

(608) 675-3122

Distance Delivery


Course Site

FAX: (925) 226-1969




Contact Time: 7am-4PM M-F

Course Description:

This course is designed to meet the Alaska Independent Distance Education Curriculum, State of Alaska Performance and Content Standards, and National Science Education Standards. Joe Marley has developed this course to meet your special needs as well. Please contact him if you have a need that is not met by this course. AIDE Environmenal Science is a comprehensive course that instructs on 13 topics of Environmenal science: Exploring Science and the Environment; The Dynamic Earth; How Living Things Interact; The Diversity of Life; Biomes of the World; People and the Environment; Energy; Water Resources and Water Pollution; Air Pollution; Solid and Hazardous Waste; Feeding the World; Protecting Biodiversity; and A Sustainable World.

Click here for complete correlations to Alaska Standards.


Reading Level: 3.5 Spache

Interest Level: Grades 6-12, ABE, ESL 


What You Will Need to Purchase for this Course? 

Course Registration:

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Printed Tests and Quizzes/Hand Grading

It is possible to have paper copies of all quizzes and tests and then have them administrated by an on-site instructor. You will not need Internet or computer access to complete the course using this method. However, due to the extra grading time and printing costs there is an additional fee of $45 per semester for this option.

Supplementary readings

  From time to time students will receive information about resent developments in the field of Physical science. They will receive information about web sites, magazine articles, and books related to topics of interest.

Lab Safety

  Students are required to finish the lab safety lesson and pass the quiz before they will be allowed to work on further investigations.

Academic Dishonesty

            With most correspondence courses as well as AIDE Physical Science honesty of parents and students is essential. In the event that AIDE administration suspects cheating or dishonesty among students and proctors an investigation will be carried out. If the investigation shows that cheating has occurred then the student will receive a failing grade and no credit.


EVERYONE should be able to achieve an "A" in this class! You may take the quizzes as many times as you like and your top score on the quiz is the one that counts. It is also permissible to use notes, study materials, and books on the quizzes. After you complete a quiz on-line it will be immediately scored and you will be given a summary of your responses and the correct responses. If you miss one or two you can memorize the answers and go back and retake the quiz. Be careful, it will not be in the same order the second time. Quizzes will count for 40% of your grade. 

The investigations count for 20% of your grade. You must complete 3 investigations each quarter for a total of 12. The lab activities are not scored on right or wrong answers provided that you back up your answers with evidence from your investigation. There are only a few questions after an investigation so take your time and answer the question as completely as possible. After you complete an investigation quiz you will be shown some examples of correct answers. Based on your results these may or may not be the same thing that you responded they are meant as an examples only. Investigations will not be graded immediately because of the nature of the questions. However, they will be scored within a couple of days and you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your score. You must complete 12 investigations out of the 26 found in your book. If you have your own investigation you would like to perform, contact your teacher and they will develop a safe and meaningful procedure for your investigation. Also you may perform investigations for extra credit contact your teacher for information.

The tests will count as 40% of your grade. That means it is possible to pass the class without taking one test. But to do this you must score 100% on every quiz and every investigation. The self-study checklist and the study guide have great information to prepare you for a test, use them. Your first score on any test is the one that counts. Although you will be allowed to take the test as many times as you like the scores you receive will not count. You are not allowed to use notes, study materials, and books on the tests. The tests are meant to reflect how much you have learned while completing the lessons and investigations. If you follow the self-study checklist I have no doubt that you will do great on the tests!

The following grading scale will be used for determining your final grade. After completing the course with a "D-" or better you will receive one Carnegie credit from the Yukon Koyukuk School District.





94% - 99%


90% - 93%


87% - 89%


83% - 86%


80% - 82%


77% - 79%


73% - 76%


70% - 72%


67% - 69%


63% - 66%


60% - 62%


< 60%



Course Schedule

You are in charge of your own schedule. The course must be completed within one year of the start day. The following is a list of lessons that need to be completed. We do post .25 credits for each quarter completed.


Subject to Change

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. It is your responsibility to check the web site for changes weekly. You instructor will also notify you of changes via e-mail.