Skyline 3

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.

General Description

  • 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:

  • Basics of Biochemistry
  • Cellular biology, energetics, cell growth, and division
  • Genetics, including molecular inheritance, genetic regulation of processes, and biotechnology
  • Ecology, specifically matter and energy in ecosystems, population dynamics, and human impacts on the biosphere, interactions in the community, including group behavior
  • Evolution of populations, biodiversity, and modern classification

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:

  • Lecture/discussion
  • 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
  • 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. If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: