Spring Semester Science Courses

Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Systems

This course introduces the student to the intricate design and functions of the more complex systems of the human body. These systems include the endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. The course will also cover supporting topics such as special senses and nutrition. Similar to the first semester Anatomy and Physiology course, the material will be presented by way of lectures, class discussions, lab activities, and dissections. [Prerequisite: Biology. Half credit.]

Forensic Science: Modern Cases

In this course, students will learn how to observe and analyze the world around them and apply this science to legal matters. This is predominately a lab class with an emphasis on problem solving. Students will explore techniques used by forensics teams and crime labs to investigate evidence from crime scenes. The topics covered in this class will include: evidence study (hair, fiber, blood, bone, glass, soil, etc.), observation of the crime scene and data collection, presentation of evidence in a court setting, and methods of analysis using knowledge from various scientific fields, such as chemistry, anthropology, and pathology. The grade from this class will be based mostly on lab reports and presentations about evidence and techniques used to analyze evidence. This course is recommended for students who have taken Biology and Chemistry. [Half credit.]

Introduction to Natural Disasters

The purpose of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of Earth’s surface processes that directly impact humanity. This course will integrate principles in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. We will explore the characteristics, causes, global distribution, estimated frequencies, and effects of the following natural hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, landslides, sinkholes, thunderstorms and tornadoes, coastal hazards, climate change, wildfires, and extraterrestrial impacts. We will also look at approaches to mitigate the effects on humans and how humans are exacerbating the frequency and effects of some of these natural disasters. By the end of the course, students will have an overview of Earth’s natural hazards and how they impact societies and economies in a globalized world. [Prerequisite: Two years of lab science. Half credit]

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