Biology is a year long introductory biology course based on Arizona State Science Standards. Students learn the basic principles of biology through coursework and inquiry laboratory activities. The major units include: nature of science, biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics, evolution, ecology, and classification. As students progress, they learn how science is studied and practiced, and how the results of scientific research impact individuals, communities, and ecosystems.
Scope and Sequence:
- Introduction to Biology: Scientific Method, Chemistry of life, Classification
- Cells: Organelles (cell parts and functions), Photosynthesis, Cellular Respiration, Cell growth and division
- Genetics: Meiosis, Mendel’s principles, Punnett Squares and Pedigrees, Genetic Disorders
- Evolution: Survival of the Fittest/Natural Selection: Charles Darwin, Adaptations
- Ecology: the environment, cycles, populations
- Classification: Organization of species
Environmental Science is a lab-based, inquiry-driven high school science class. This particular course will have a primary focus on the environment, but will also incorporate aspects of biology, chemistry, geoscience, government, and economics when appropriate in order to enhance the integrated curriculum (creating a humanities focus). Students will conduct a variety of relevant and hands-oninvestigations and experiments. These investigations will emphasize experimental design, data analysis, and application of concepts learned. Technology will be incorporated extensively throughout this class as a tool for collecting, analyzing, and presenting data, while also acting as a vehicle to support collaboration. This course draws heavily on current issues that involve science in today's society. Lastly, this course aims to provide students an opportunity for students to experience, expand, and refine their 21st Century skill set.