Fee: Note packet required, price TBD (~$10.00)

Learning Recommendations:

General Description

  • 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.


  • Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:
    • o Ecology, specifically matter and energy in ecosystems, population dynamics, and human impact on the biosphere.
    • o Cellular biology, energetics, cell growth and division.
    • o Genetics, including molecular inheritance, genetic regulation of processes, and biotechnology.
    • o Evolution of populations, biodiversity and modern classification.
    • o Ecosystem interactions, including group behavior.
  • Skills taught in this course:
    • o Laboratory techniques
    • o Use and care of microscopes
    • o Problem solving and critical thinking strategies
    • o Data analysis and graphic techniques

Equipment to be provided by student: set of colored pencils, journal or notebook, basic calculator, 3-ring binder, bound composition book (graph paper preferred), No. 2 pencils, 2 colors of pen.