KAOL Science



Celeste Lucier

clucier@kaolaz.org


Tom McLarty (dual enrollment)

tmclarty@kaolaz.org


David Scroggins

dscroggins@kaolaz.org





Courses Offered:
Integrated Science
This laboratory-based class will give freshmen a well-rounded introduction to science and prepare the students for all further science classes in high school.  This course explores the physical, chemical, and earth science standards mandated by the Arizona Department of Education and serves as a bridge between the middle school sciences and the more rigorous sciences of high school. 

Biology 
In this course, students will examine the life sciences through a “systems approach”.  Through active learning and scientific investigation, students will be brought to understand the characteristics of living things, the diversity of life, and how organisms change over time with regard to adaptations and genetics.  Students will investigate the inter-relationships of matter and energy in living organisms and the interactions of living organisms with their environment.  Students will have the opportunity for many hands-on activities, for research into past scientific discoveries, and the opportunity to practice and understand the uses of technology in the field of science. 

Dual Enrollment Biology (Bio 181)
This is the first of a 2-course sequence designed for science majors. The course provides a broad overview of life on earth today and how life has changed over time.  The course content focuses on the basic mechanisms of life: cell structure and function, biochemistry, metabolism, energetic, genetics and evolution.  Labs and lecture.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology)

Chemistry
Chemistry will introduce you to the study of the physical world by examining: matter and energy, atoms and moles, the Periodic table, Ions and Ionic compounds, covalent compounds, chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, and the causes of change.  You will explore these concepts through lecture, class discussions, textbook reading and hands-on laboratory activities. 

Physics
Students will be introduced to physics in a lab environment.  Through active learning and scientific investigation, students will be instructed concerning the nature and forms of matter and energy, and the changes and interactions they undergo.  Students will develop an appreciation and excitement for physics and come to an understanding of the physical world around them.  They will gain knowledge regarding the principles and concepts on which physics is based and be able to apply those to problem solving.  Students will have the opportunity for discovery in these areas through hands-on activities, research into scientific discoveries, and contributions made by early scientists and technology as it relates to the field of science.  (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of either Chemistry or Algebra 2 with a C or better.)

Anatomy & Physiology 1
This is an advanced lab science course designed to study the structure and function of the human body and its systems.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss the following body systems:  skeletal, muscular, and endocrine.  In addition, students will become familiar with the function of each system and how they interact with each other.  Included in this course students will be introduced to Medical Terminology.  Students will learn how to identify medical terms by analyzing their components; define medical prefixes, root words, suffixes and abbreviations.  Focus will be on developing both oral and written skills in language used to communicate within health care professions. (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology.)  This course is also a pre-requisite for any student interested in entering the MCC Certified Nursing Program and/or MCC Emergency Medical Responder Program. 

Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course is a continuation of Anatomy & Physiology 1.  Several body systems will be studied with emphasis placed on structure, function and homeostasis.  Body systems will be investigated from the cellular to the system level.  Lectures, text, prepared slides, dissections and other applicable labs will be used to accomplish this investigation.  Possible body systems to be covered are the cardiovascular, digestive, and reproductive, including units on pregnancy, growth, and development. (Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 or teacher recommendation. Also recommended for students currently in the MCC Certified Nursing Program and/or MCC Emergency Medical Responder Program).

Environmental Science 
This is a lab science offered to students in grades 10 and above.  The curriculum focuses on helping find solutions for important environmental issues.  While not attempting to describe every possible environmental dilemma or scientific field of study, the course focuses on the major topics we face and how scientists search for answers to questions about them.  Since environmental problems and their solutions occur at the intersection of natural systems and the human systems that manipulate them, an integrated approach will be used to help explain why certain natural systems are threatened.  Students are provided a solid grounding in scientific principles and then encouraged to think analytically and creatively on their own. 

Resource Science 
This course is designed to give the students a broad overview of science, including physical science, biology and environmental sciences.  The course is designed for those students identified as special needs in reading and/or written language.