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

Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of Chemistry Lab Methods & Proficient in lab technique, grade level reading, and graphing

General Description: 

  • This is a yearlong course, which fulfills a lab science requirement for graduation and university entrance.
  • Biology 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.
  • There is an emphasis on problem solving and using scientific inquiry.
  • Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Washington State Biology End of Course Exam.
  • This course fulfills college prep requirements as outlined by the Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board) as a lab-based science course.

Content: Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular biology; respiration, reproduction, use of matter and energy
  • Classification and relationship among organisms
  • Ecology, ecosystems and human impact on the biosphere and population
  • Evolution with speciation, natural selection, adaptation and diversity
  • Genetics to include molecular genetics, genetic regulation of life processes and genetic engineering
  • Plant systems physiology and anatomy; photosynthesis

Skills Taught in this Course:

  • Inquiry-based laboratory work
  • Use and care of microscopes and probe ware
  • Problem solving and critical thinking strategies
  • Extended data analysis and graphing techniques

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Lecture/Discussion
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Scientific inquiry

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.