ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS
                                            Updated February 2012

Introduction
This list identifies environmental science textbooks distributed by various publishers. The Wisconsin Center for
Environmental Education Resources Library has copies of most of the books available for review, either in
person by visiting the library in Stevens Point or through the Wisconsin Library System Delivery Network.
How to access books

Table 1: Environmental Science Texts Designed for High School Students - Some books in this table may be
suitable for AP High School Courses.

Table 2: Environmental Science Texts Designed for AP High School Courses/Introductory College Courses -
The Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science Program in intended to permit high school students to
take college-level courses; AP classes are designed to be rigorous laboratory science courses. For AP courses,
teachers often select textbooks developed for introductory college courses in environmental science.


         TABLE 1: Environmental Science Texts Designed for High School Students
Book descriptions are from the publishers' websites. Doing an Internet search will bring up more information
about each book.
Author           American Geological Institute
Title            Environmental Science: Understanding Our Earth
Publisher        Cengage Learning
Publish Date     2011
Description      Environmental Science: Understanding Our Earth, offers a unique "Earth Systems" approach
                 to teaching both Earth Science and Environmental Science. Earth system science provides a
                 framework for developing a truly innovative environmental science curriculum. An
                 interdisciplinary environmental science curriculum that emphasizes Earth systems helps
                 students develop the underlying science and knowledge that forms the foundation for
                 understanding and policy discussion. Moreover, the critical component of environmental
                 science is the focus on how earth systems interact with human society. This subject uniquely
                 ties the physical sciences with social sciences, constituting an opportunity to demonstrate the
                 widest application of science to life. Within this context of human interaction is the need to
                 address concepts of risk and cost-benefit. Students begin to understand the process of
                 decision-making made by policy-makers when using earth system information.

Author           Arms, Karen
Title            Environmental Science
Publisher        Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date     2008
Description      Build skills for success in science with relevant and motivating features, extensive labs and
                 activities to grab students' attention, and comprehensive test prep review. Earth Science
                 Connections integrate Earth and environmental science. Lab Generator CD-ROM, and
                 PowerPoint Resources and MindPoint Quiz Show, located on the Teacher's One-Stop Planner
                 CD-ROM, keep students actively engages in their learning.

Author           Berg, Linda R. and Hager, Mary Catherine
Title            Visualizing Environmental Science, Second Edition
Publisher      Wiley and National Geographic
Publish Date   2009
Description    This book follows a unique approach by placing a greater emphasis on visual learning as a
               means for environmental scientists to understand and connect with the central issues of
               environmental science. It vividly illustrates the overarching role that humans play in our
               planet's environmental problems and successes. In each chapter, What a Scientist Sees
               features are presented to highlight a concept or phenomenon from the perspective of a
               professional in the field. Process diagrams are also used to depict complex processes.
               Environmental scientists will be able to reinforce their understanding of the field and gain
               new insights with this second edition.

Author         Braus, Judy and St. Antonie, Sara
Title          Environmental Science
Publisher      Pearson  AGS Globe
Publish Date   2007
Description    Environmental Science: Fundamentals and Applications is an applied science textbook written
               for a high school audience. It provides practical instruction in the sciences that address
               principles related to the environment. Chapters include topics such as natural resource
               management, fish and wildlife management, aquaculture, soil science and forestry. It
               addresses basic principles of science as they relate to outdoor environments, providing
               numerous examples of applications of science to environmental problems. The textbook is
               illustrated with many colored photos, sketches, diagrams, and tables. Chapters include
               objectives, evaluation materials, suggested class activities, and key terms. In addition,
               Internet key words are provided throughout the text to guide in-depth Internet study.
               Note: This text is designed for the agriculture education community.

Author         Burton, DeVere Editor
Title          Environmental Science: Fundamentals and Applications
Publisher      Cengage Learning
Publish Date   2009
Description    Environmental Science: Fundamentals and Applications is an applied science textbook written
               for a high school audience. It provides practical instruction in the sciences that address
               principles related to the environment. Chapters include topics such as natural resource
               management, fish and wildlife management, aquaculture, soil science and forestry. It
               addresses basic principles of science as they relate to outdoor environments, providing
               numerous examples of applications of science to environmental problems. The textbook is
               illustrated with many colored photos, sketches, diagrams, and tables. Chapters include
               objectives, evaluation materials, suggested class activities, and key terms. In addition,
               Internet key words are provided throughout the text to guide in-depth Internet study.
               Note: This text is designed for the agriculture education community.

Author         Camp, William G and Heath-Camp, Betty
Title          Managing Natural Resources, Fifth Edition
Publisher      Cengage Learning
Publish Date   2009
Description    Managing Our Natural Resources, fifth edition, was designed and written with people and the
               environment in which we live in mind. The original book was written specifically to meet the
               need for an up-to-date introductory level natural resources text for high school and
               postsecondary agricultural education students. It provides an overview of a wide array of
               topics in the broad area of natural resources management, ranging from forestry to air
               quality to wildlife management to solid waste management. Each chapter is built around
               specific learning objectives and includes numerous photographs and other graphic
               illustrations that provide a lively look at the topics being discussed. Case studies that address
               real-world and current issues are provided for each unit and are designed to promote lively
               classroom discussion and facilitate critical thinking.
               Note: This text is designed for the agriculture education community.

Author         Edelson, Daniel
Title          Investigations in Environmental Science  Unit 1: Land Use, Unit 2: Energy Generation, Unit 3:
               Water Management
Publisher      It's About Time
Publish Date   2005
Description    Investigations in Environmental Science,TM a Case-Based Approach to Environmental Systems
               is a 3-unit, one-year high school environmental science course that employs a case-based
               approach to science education. Investigations in Environmental Science is research-based and
               supported by the National Science Foundation. Investigations in Environmental Science,
               places students in the role of environmental scientists. It engages them in investigations of
               realistic environmental problems, in which they must make recommendations for sustainable
               uses of resources. In the course of these investigations, students employ a variety of scientific
               research techniques, including technology research tools that were specially designed to help
               students use technology in solving problem. These tools include WorldWatcher, a
               visualization and analysis tool for learners developed at Northwestern University and
               ArcView, the leading commercial geographic information system (GIS).

Author         Pearson, Jane
Title          Environmental Science: How the World Works and Your Place in It, Third Edition
Publisher      J.M. LeBel Publishers, Inc
Publish Date   2007
Description    Geared toward high school students (appropriate reading level); Presents students with real-
               life environmental issues and concerns; Designed to encourage and challenge students to
               think about practical solutions to genuine environmental concerns; Overview of Life, Earth
               and Physical sciences using the environment as a point of reference; Provides websites to
               encourage learning outside the classroom; Suitable for students not taking Physics or
               Chemistry; Six core units: Ecology, Air, Food, Aquatic Systems, Water for the People and
               Energy; Award-winning author; Third edition has been completely rewritten and updated to
               provide better comprehension; Soft grade-nine reading level; Four-color throughout; Internet
               connections; Paginated Glossary; 26 "Closer Looks" review real life Environmental Problems;
               In-depth coverage of complex issues; Many new charts, graphs and maps; Added
               opportunities for problem-solving and decision-making; New Study Guide and Test Program;
               New non-consumable Lab Manual has 64 activities plus 19 additional labs in the textbook;
               Thorough discussion of new issues, including: Logging, the Ozone Layer, Climate Change,
               Superfund Sites, and Environmental Impact of Consumer Choices and Population; Career
               Sections

Author         Schachter, Martin
Title          Environmental Science
Publisher      AMSCO School Publications, Inc.
Publish Date   2005
Description      Provides complete coverage of a one-year high school course in environmental science. This
                 four-color basal text uses real-world examples to encourage student interest in
                 environmental science. Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills involve students and
                 awaken their natural interest in the environment.

Author           Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP)
Title            Science and Sustainability
Publisher        Lab-aids
Publish Date     2005
Description      Science and Sustainability is a full-year, integrated high school science course with a strong
                 emphasis on hands-on investigations. The program is presented in four thematic units and
                 includes an array of concepts and topics including physics, chemistry, biology and earth
                 science. Each unit presents basic science content involving local and global issues related to
                 sustainability. Material World, a companion student resource book, is a magnificent
                 photographic portrait of families and their lives across the world. It's an excellent resource for
                 taking your students on a "field trip" to investigate global issues.

Author           Various
Title            Global Systems Science: A New World View; Climate Change; Life and Climate; Ozone; Losing
                 Biodiversity; Energy Flow; Ecosystem Change; Population Growth; Energy Use
Publisher        Lawrence Hall of Science
Publish Date     2005
Description      Global Systems Science (GSS) is an integrated, interdisciplinary course for high school,
                 consisting of twelve student books, teacher guides, Digital Earth Watch software, and Hands
                 On Universe Image Processing software. Each GSS book deals with a societal issue that
                 requires science for full understanding. The books may be sequenced in a custom one-year
                 integrated science course or serve as supplementary materials for existing high school
                 biology, physics, chemistry, Earth science, or social studies courses.

Author           Withgott, Jay
Title            Environmental Science: Your World, Your Turn
Publisher        Pearson
Publish Date     2011
Description      Teaching environmental science is much more than just communicating facts and
                 information. It's about engaging and motivating students. It's about helping them to better
                 understand how and why their actions--and those around them--impact the world in which
                 they live. Environmental Science: Your World, Your Turn is a new high school program that
                 brings the outside world into the classroom--making the science personal, actionable, and
                 empowering for each student.



              TABLE 2: Environmental Science Texts Designed for AP High School
                            Courses/Introductory College Courses
Book descriptions are from the publishers' websites. Doing an Internet search will bring up more information
about each book.
Author          Botkin, Daniel and Keller, Edward
Title           Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, Eigth Edition
Publisher       John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publish Date   2010
Description    Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, Eighth Edition provides emphasis on the
               scientific process throughout the book gives readers the structure to develop their critical
               thinking skills. Updated and revised to include the latest research in the field, the eighth
               edition continues to present a balanced analytical and interdisciplinary approach to the field.
               New streamlined text clears away the "jargon" to bring the issues and the science to the
               forefront. The new design and updated image program highlights key points and makes the
               book easier to navigate.

Author         Botkin, Daniel and Keller, Edward
Title          Essential Environmental Science, First Edition
Publisher      John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publish Date   2008
Description    Essential Environmental Science is a learning tool to help educate the next generation of
               environmentally aware college students by introducing them to some of the most important
               questions in Environmental Science today. By building scientific confidence and critical
               thinking skills, students will be better able to understand the natural world around them, how
               environmental issues affect them and their future, and how to act responsibly in a global
               environment. This title is appropriate for a 1-term introductory course in Environmental
               Science.

Author         Chiras, Daniel
Title          Environmental Science, Eight Edition
Publisher      Jones and Bartlett
Publish Date   2010
Description    Updated throughout with the latest environmental information, issues, and facts, the new
               Eighth Edition of Environmental Science provides a clear introduction to the environmental
               topics facing society today and offers many possible solutions on how we can move towards a
               more sustainable way of life. The author focuses on the root cause of many environmental
               problems and takes care to presents both sides of the issues. Every chapter emphasizes critical
               analysis to teach students how to approach these complex topics and determine the merits of
               the debates for themselves. New Go Green tips offer suggestions for how students can be
               more environmentally conscious in their daily lives

Author         Cunningham, William and Cunningham, Mary Ann
Title          Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications
Publisher      McGraw Hill
Publish Date   2010
Description    Rather than the 25 to 30 chapters found in most environmental science textbooks, the authors
               have limited Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Applications to 15 chapters--
               perfect for the one-semester, non-majors environmental science course. True to its title, the
               goal of this concise text is to provide an up-to-date, introductory view of essential themes in
               environmental science along with offering students numerous opportunities to practice
               scientific thinking and active learning.

Author         Cunningham, William and Cunningham, Mary Ann
Title          Environmental Science: A Global Concern, Twelfth Edition
Publisher      McGraw Hill
Publish Date   2011
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