Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e

Grade Levels: 9-12
Designed specifically for the high school classroom, Principles of Environmental Science is an excellent fit for an on-level course. This current, concise view of environmental science is accessible for all students. 

About the Program

Principles of Environmental Science: Inquiry and Application is true to its title with an up-to-date, introductory view of the essentials theme of the course and numerous opportunities for students to practice scientific thinking and active learning. Accessible pedagogical tools lead students to apply science and engineering practices, work with real-world data, and better understand environmental science and all its complexities. Presented in a single-column format for optimal readability and organized into four units with full NGSS integration, the accessible pedagogy was designed to support student success. 
   
Unit Projects, Case Studies, Data Analysis Labs, and Use the Practice activities apply engineering practices to real-world issues related to the field of study.
The Claim Evidence Reasoning box prompts students to develop and research their own claim to enhance investigation and reasoning skills. 
Math Connection provides opportunities to practice quantitative and computational thinking skills.
Realistic, three-dimensional, and instructional figures provide depth and orientation to complex structures and processes.
The High School Teacher Manual, available in print and online, includes teaching strategies, pacing, activities with differentiated instruction, and ELL and visual literacy support. 
The Lab Manual brings environmental science to life through hands-on activities and inquiry-based labs. 


Program Components

  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 1-year Teacher Subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 1-year Teacher Subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 6-year Teacher Subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 6-year Teacher Subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Teacher Manual
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Teacher Manual
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 1-year Student Subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 1-year Student Subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 6-year Student Subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, 6-year Student Subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Lab Manual
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Lab Manual
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Premium Student Bundle, 1-year subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Premium Student Bundle, 1-year subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Premium Student Bundle, 6-year subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Premium Student Bundle, 6-year subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Standard Student Bundle, 1-year subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Standard Student Bundle, 1-year subscription
  • Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Standard Student Bundle, 6-year subscription
    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Standard Student Bundle, 6-year subscription
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    Cunningham, Principles of Environmental Science, 2023, 1e, Student Edition (High School)
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Unit 1: Studying the Environment
Chapter 1: Nature of Science
Chapter 2: Understanding Our Environment

Unit 2: Ecology and the Natural World
Chapter 3: Environmental Systems: Matter, Energy, and Life
Chapter 4: Evolution, Species Interactions, and Biological Communities
Chapter 5: Population Dynamics
Chapter 6: Biomes and Biodiversity

Unit 3: Resources from Air, Water, and Land
Chapter 7: Climate
Chapter 8: Air Pollution
Chapter 9: Water: Resources and Pollution
Chapter 10: Land Use
Chapter 11: Food and Agriculture
Chapter 12: Environmental Geology and Earth Resources
Chapter 13: Energy

Unit 4: Sustainability and Environmental Policy
Chapter 14. Environmental Health and Toxicology
Chapter 15. Solid and Hazardous Waste
Chapter 16. Economics and Urbanization
Chapter 17. Environmental Policy and Sustainability

William P. Cunningham is an emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota. In his 38-year career at the university, he taught a variety of biology courses, including Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Environmental Health, Environmental Ethics, Plant Physiology, General Biology, and Cell Biology. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the highest teaching award grated at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of several interdisciplinary programs for international students, teachers, and nontraditional students. He also carried out research or taught in Sweden, Norway, Brazil, New Zealand, China, and Indonesia. Professor Cunningham has participated in several governmental and nongovernmental organizations over the past 40 years. He was chair of the Minnesota chapter of the Sierra Club, a member of the Sierra Club national committee on energy policy, vice president of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, chair of the Minnesota governor’s task force on energy policy, and a citizen of the Minnesota Legislative Commission on Energy. In addition to environmental science textbooks, Professor Cunningham edited three editions of Environmental Encyclopedia published by Thompson-Gale Press. He has also authored or co-authored about 50 scientific articles, mostly in the fields of cell biology and conservation biology as well as several invited chapters or reports in the areas of energy policy and environmental health. His Ph.D. from the University of Texas was in botany. His hobbies include birding, hiking, gardening, traveling, and video production. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Mary. He has three children (one of whom is the coauthor of this book) and seven grandchildren.


Mary Ann Cunningham is a professor of geography at Vassar College in New York’s Hudson Valley. A biogeographer with interests in landscape ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), and land use change, she teaches environmental science, natural science conservation, and land use planning, as well as GIS and spatial data analysis. Field research methods in data analysis are regular components of her teaching. As a scientist and educator, she enjoys teaching and conducting research with both science students and non-science liberal arts students. As a geographer, she likes to engage students with the ways their physical surroundings and social context shape their world experience. In addition to teaching at a liberal arts college, she has taught at community colleges and research universities. She has participated in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science programs and has led community and college field research projects at Vassar. Mary Ann has been writing in environmental science for nearly two decades. She has published work on habitat and landcover change, on water quality and urbanization, and other topics in environmental science. She has also done research with students and colleagues on climate change, its impacts, and carbon mitigation strategies. Research and teaching activities have included work in the Great Plains, the Adirondack Mountains, and norther Europe, as well as New York’s Hudson Valley, where she lives and teachers. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, and watch birds. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, a master’s from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.