This class is a general overview of living things. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development and understanding basic concepts. The following topics are stressed: biological relevance to contemporary life; history, development and place in the sciences; chromosomes and DNA; cell physiology and division; genetics; the animal kingdom - protozoan, sponges, coelenterates, worms, mollusks, echinoderms, arthropods, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Students will study human reproduction (with emphasis on responsibility through knowledge and caring); the plant kingdom (algae, mosses, fungi, gymnosperms and angiosperms) and ecology.
Biology students examine the nature of living organisms through a variety of projects and laboratory activities. Topics include cellular makeup and function, organization, function and interactions of organisms and the nature and functions of the human body. The impact of society's perceptions of science and the impact of scientific discoveries and technology on society will be examined and evaluated. Objectives will be accomplished by lecture, laboratory activities, media field trips, projects and homework assignments.
Chemistry is a preparatory course for college chemistry available to students in 11th grade or higher. Topics covered include: Study of the atom, periodic law, electron shells, bonding, formulas and equations, gas laws, solutions, nuclear chemistry and other selected subjects.