This survey course will provide students an opportunity for study in both physical and biological sciences.
The course starts with a strong foundation of instruction on the nature of science, using a discovery process to teach the scientific method, and the use of metric measurements in scientific investigations. The rest of the first semester then covers basic concepts of force, motion, and equilibrium. Concepts of human biology are also explored, with emphasis on body systems and those amazing functions that contribute to our wellness.
The second-semester transitions to a more macro focus on ecosystems and conservation. Agricultural science and its impact on biotechnology is introduced, along with its effect on human interaction with the earth. Finally, the basics of environmental science are covered, and through the use of stunning photography and lively animation, students will interact with endangered species, learn about natural resource use, environmental health, pollution, and biodiversity.
T1: Generate and evaluate evidence and explanations
- Design experiments to test self-generated hypotheses and evaluate data to draw a valid conclusion.
T2: Evaluate, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world
- Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply the basic scientific concepts of the course.
T3: Demonstrate the nature and development of scientific knowledge
- Explain how scientific thought evolves with time and information.
T4: Communicate productively in scientific practices and discourse
- Employ methods of communication which are regularly used in the scientific community