- Proficiency in lab technique, grade level reading, and graphing
- Year-long course, which fulfills a lab science requirement for graduation and college entrance.
- Provides a knowledge base that helps students understand the nature of life and prepares them to make informed decisions about health, medicine, genetics, and the environment.
- Emphasis on using the scientific practices, focusing on developing and using models, constructing explanations, and engaging in evidenced-based reasoning.
- Successful completion of this course supports students as they prepare for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).
- This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based science course.
Content: Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:
- Ecology, specifically matter and energy in ecosystems, population dynamics, and human impact on the biosphere.
- Cellular biology, energetics, cell growth and division.
- Genetics, including molecular inheritance, genetic regulation of processes, and biotechnology.
- Evolution of populations, biodiversity and modern classification.
- Ecosystem interactions, including group behavior.
Skills taught in this course:
- Laboratory techniques
- Use and care of microscopes
- Problem solving and critical thinking strategies
- Data analysis and graphic techniques
Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:
- Inquiry-based laboratory work
- Critical thinking exercises
- Multimedia offerings (computer simulations, video features)
- Online textbook, web activities & reinforcement
- Demonstrations (teacher or student-directed)
- Student project and research
- Cooperative learning
- Interdisciplinary applications are used when appropriate/possible
- Scientific inquiry
Homework: Students should expect homework assignments 2-3 times in a typical week. Often, homework will involve completion of an in-class assignment or laboratory investigation. It may also involve work from the textbook to reinforce concepts, practice worksheets, or independent research, to name a few. Additionally, students are expected to review and study on a daily basis.
Course Fee / Materials: goggles, set of colored pencils, lined paper, basic calculator, #2 pencils, two colors of pen.