Learning Recommendations:

  • Proficiency in lab technique, grade level reading, and graphing

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.

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:

  • 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

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.