Science

Physical Science

In this course students explore motion, forces, energy electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, electromagnetic waves, light, classification of matter, properties of atoms, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, chemical elements, chemical bonds, and chemical reactions.Students experience these concepts through hands-on laboratory activities. As a result, students learn laboratory techniques and experimental design. In the process students make measurements and graph data. Throughout the course students apply math in science settings. Application of science in the arts is also highlighted. 

Biology

Biology is devoted to the study of living things and their processes. Throughout the year this laboratory based course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living organisms.Students will explore biological science as a process with separate units on: ecology, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, plants, diversity of living organisms, animal structure and function, invertebrates, vertebrates, and the human body.

Forensic Science

Forensic science is the application of science to the law and encompasses various scientific disciplines.This one-semester laboratory-based course will introduce various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context. Topics dis¬cussed include analysis of physical evidence, principles of serology and DNA analysis, blood spatter, ballistics, fingerprint analysis, drug analysis, and forensic entomology.

Marine Biology

This laboratory course examines the history and development of the field of marine incorporating information and activities in the following areas:

The Marine Environment: The abiotic (geological, physical and chemical) environment that surrounds marine organisms and relates to their functions and habits.

Marine Diversity: A survey of marine organisms, including algae, plankton, invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals. Including marine organisms in the deep sea, Arctic, Antarctic, and coral reefs.

Marine Ecology: A survey of the major coastal and pelagic marine communities and human interaction with the marine world.

Aquatic species of Idaho: A survey of the freshwater communities and human interaction with in our state.

Botany

Botany is a 1-semester, project-based, advanced laboratory biology course with a focus on plants.In this class we will study plant anatomy (parts), plant physiology (function), horticulture (naming and classifying), plant ecology (interactions) and biomes, and we will also study the basics of gardening. Many different kinds of activities combine to help the student build knowledge and skills in biological concepts as they relate to plants.  Practical experience in  growing a number of different kind of plants will be included.Integrated throughout the course may be related topics in other areas such as Chemistry, Geology, and Sociology.

Environmental Science

This 1-semester, project-based course surveys key topic areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis; ecology; energy flow; ecological structures; earth systems; and atmospheric, land, and water science. Topics also include the management of natural resources and analysis of private and governmental decisions involving the environment. Students explore actual case studies and conduct hands-on research activities in class applying the scientific processes, proper data collection, and justifiable conclusions.