Grades 10, 11, 12
Environmental Biology is designed to introduce students to ecological concepts not covered in the freshman biology courses. This course is valuable to students pursuing a college degree as well as students who want to understand more about how different life forms interact. Units covered in the first semester include the environment and society, ecosystem components, energy flow and food webs, terrestrial and aquatic biomes. Some of the topics covered include population growth and resource distribution, the role of evolution based on habitat diversity, and organism adaptations to climate and geologic features. Units covered in the second semester include species interactions, specifies biodiversity, resource management and energy sources. Some of the topics covered include predator-prey relationships, parasitism and symbiosis, threatened and endangered species, land, air and water pollution, habitat destruction and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. This course does not require a strong biology or chemistry background. It provides an opportunity to explore the physical and natural world and to understand how the decisions humans make shapes the life on our planet.
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY - HONORS
This course is designed as an introductory course in Human Anatomy and Physiology. It is assumed that the student has had no previous study of the anatomy and/or physiology of the human body, in whole or in part. The content will be very helpful to any student considering a career in medicine or any of the health-oriented professions. Some of the topics taught include
homeostasis and feedback mechanisms, the organization of the human body, structure of the skeletal system, articulations, the anatomy and physiology of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscles, the nervous system and impulse conduction, the cardiovascular system and blood. The pathophysiology of related diseases will be tied to each area. Lab periods will involve the integration of computer-assisted learning using A.D.A.M. software. A.D.A.M.-(Anatomical Dissection of Anatomy for Medicine).
Grades 11, 12
Horticulture is designed for juniors and seniors who are interested in earning one science credit. No prior plant knowledge is required. Some activities include how to create compost, how to start and maintain gardens, how to identify trees, and studying landscape design. Many of the activities involve working with and in dirt, therefore getting "dirty" is likely.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Anthropology "study of humans" is for students in grades 10-12. This class is designed to provide students with a greater understanding of primates, evolution, anatomy, human origins and what it truly means to be human. Students will understand the genetic and molecular basis for being human as well as the application of this understanding to the tracking of human lineages. Comparative anatomy and dentition will be examined as well as skeletal reconstruction. Students will learn several aspects of forensic anthropology and osteology (what we can learn from/about bones). This class includes various required supplemental readings. Activities include problem solving, fossil/skeletal profiling, skeletal reconstructions, lecture, CD's, videotapes, interactive websites and lab work.