Liberty HS

 Learning Recommendations:

  • Proficiency in lab technique and graphing
  • Grade level or better reading skills and strong organizational skills
  • Completion of 8th grade science with a "C" or better is strongly recommended.
  • Can be taken before, after, or without Chemistry Laboratory Methods/Physics Laboratory Methods

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

Equipment to be provided by student: set of colored pencils, journal or notebook, basic calculator, 3-ring binder, No. 2 pencils, 2 colors of pen.

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: