• Life Science

  • P-The Living Earth                                                                      Course #5020
    Level:                      9-12
    Length:                    Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:             None
    Graduation:              Life Science requirement College
    Prep:                       Life Science lab (d) requirement
    The Living Earth course, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, explores relationships between the living and nonliving components of Earth’s systems. By using science and engineering practices, cross-cutting disciplinary concepts, and evidence from experiments, research, and observations, students will learn how to formulate questions, evaluate claims, and develop models to make interpretations and investigate the natural world. Topics will include: Ecosystems Interactions and Energy, History of Earth’s Atmosphere: Photosynthesis and Respiration, Evidence of Evolution, Inheritance of traits, Structure, Function, and Growth (from cells to organisms) and Ecosystem Stability and the Response to Climate Change. The Living Earth course is replacing the Biology course and is required for graduation.
    P-Advanced Placement (AP) Biology                                   Course #5010
    Level:                      11-12
    Length:                    Year (10 credits) Student will receive an extra grade point bonus A = 5 on a 4 point scale
    Prerequisite:             Successful completion of Biology/Living Earth and Chemistry or Anatomy/Physiology
    Graduation:              Fulfills 1 year of the 2 year science requirement
    College Prep:            Life Science lab (d) requirement
    AP Biology is a college-level course designed for the advanced science student who is likely to pursue a career in a science-related field. This course is the equivalent of a college introductory biology course and completes preparation for the Advanced Placement Biology examination. There are eight units in AP Biology: Chemistry of Life, Cell Structure & Function, Cellular Energetics, Cell Communication & Cell Cycle, Heredity, Gene Expression and Regulation, Natural Selection, and Ecology.AP Biology expands on knowledge that the students have gained in their previous science courses. This course includes extensive use of modern biological research technology.
    P- Biotechnology                                                                   Course #5041
    Level:                     11-12
    Length:                   Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            Completion of one year of Chemistry
    Graduation:             Elective credit
    College Prep:           Life Science lab (d) requirement
    The ROP biotechnology course is designed to prepare and interest students in basic laboratory techniques and introduce them to concepts and beginning competency in the field of bioscience. The bioscience industry includes agricultural biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical and research laboratories in hospitals, universities, government, and independent settings. The course is divided into four parts. Each part will build on and interact with the others. Students will learn how to document and record their work in a research notebook. Students will begin to use and analyze research publications and popular scientific literature (printed materials and Internet search). This course will give students a head start in post-secondary microbiology, genetics molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology courses.
    P-Anatomy & Physiology                                                         Course #5060
    Level:                     11-12
    Length:                   Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            Biology/Living Earth; Chemistry in the Earth Systems recommended
    Graduation:             Life Science requirement
    College Prep:           Life Science lab (d) requirement
    Articulation:            LMC BIOSC-030 (4 credits)
    Anatomy & Physiology is a one-year lab-oriented course, which is devoted to the study of the human body systems. Each system is discussed in relationship to its structure and function. Physical and mental health are given major consideration with respect to body functions, and all systems are demonstrated to interrelate in the total functioning of the human body.
    Zoology                                                                                         Course #5080
    Level:                     10-12
    Length:                   Semester (5 credits)
    Prerequisite:            Biology/The Living Earth
    Graduation:             Elective credit
    Zoology is a one-semester course designed to provide students with a general understanding of the animal kingdom, including the following: sponges & coelenterates; flatworms, rotifers, and roundworms; mollusks; segmented worms; arthropods; insects and echinoderms; fishes, amphibians; reptiles; birds; and mammals.