Learning Recommendations: Proficiency in lab technique, grade level reading, and graphing. Successful completion of SCI125 - Chemistry Lab Methods or basic understanding of chemistry concepts is strongly recommended.
- This is a year-long course which fulfills a lab science requirement for graduation and college 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 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:
- Ecology, specifically matter and energy in ecosystems, population dynamics, and human impacts on the biosphere
- Cellular biology, energetics, cell growth, and division
- Classification and relationships among organisms
- 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 graphing 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 and reinforcement
- Demonstrations (teacher or student directed)
- Student project and research
- Cooperative learning
- Interdisciplinary applications are used when appropriate/possible
- 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
The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: