The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • To learn the different characteristics of organisms within each biological Kingdom

  • To study the relationship that exists among microscopic and macroscopic living organisms, including vertebrates and invertebrates

  • To classify the types of molecules of which all organisms are composed, understand their functions within cells, and explain the structure of cells

  • To explain the cellular processes involved in the maintenance of stable internal conditions within organisms

  • To learn the principles of Mendel genetics

  • To explain the processes of photosynthesis and respiration as they pertain to how organisms obtain and use energy to build and maintain body structures

  • To explain the processes and structures involved in the processes of digestion and nutrient absorption, and how these processes allow organisms to both acquire energy and maintain homeostasis

  • To describe the structures and processes involved in circulation and gas exchange within organisms and how these organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis

  • To record lab data and maintain an on-going lab notebook

  • To respond appropriately to feedback, revising and improving course assignments

  • To actively participate in weekly on-line class discussion forums--sharing, comparing, and providing encouragement to peers

Course Resources

 Text and Interactive Program

 Lab Resources and Supplies

  • Microscope

  • Colored pencils

  • Lab supplies

    • General: A list of common supplies that can be bought at your supermarket will be provided.

    • Science: A complete lab kit, including a dissection kit (tools), dissection specimens, and safety goggles will be offered for sale through the instructor at cost for $85+ shipping (microscope not included).

    • Supplies/Suppliers: Links to online vendors will be provided to families who wish to purchase science supplies on their own.


Technical Resources

  • We use ZOOM for live classes.

  • A reliable internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)


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