Part 1- Ethnobotany. Cells and cell theory, plant cell biology and genetics, chemical and physiological processes of living systems, ethnobotany and the relationships between people and plants in Sonoran Desert region.
Part 2- Food biology. Health, nutrition, and metabolism in humans as they relate to global food production, current agricultural practices and farming methods worldwide. (taught by Lukas Bogard)
Part 1- Earth Science. Structure, forces, and cycles of the Earth, biogeochemical cycles, oceans, weather and climate/change, plate tectonics, pollution, risk and human health.
Part 2- Geology. Physical and chemical properties of Earth materials, geology and geologic history, mineral formation, the periodic table and the nature of chemical reactions. (taught by Lukas Bogard)
Part 1- Ecology. Biodiversity and complexity of life forms and biologic ecosystems, includes evolutionary theory, classification and taxonomy, history and nature of science; in-depth study of conservation.
Part 2- Regional Ecosystems. Ecology/interdependence, biologic adaptations, and biotic interactions; includes the history and nature of science; and an in-depth look at the Sonoran Desert and Sea of Cortez region. (taught by Lukas Bogard)
Part 1- Astronomy. Nature of scientific inquiry, cosmology and the origin and evolution of the universe, theories of relativity and quantum mechanics; physical laws of motion and energy.
Part 2- Astrobiology. Study of Earth and space science, origin and evolution of the Earth and solar systems, stars and galaxies, planetary geology and geologic timescales, changes to the biosphere in geologic time. (taught by Lukas Bogard)
Students will conduct site research using scientific process skills and techniques of observation, interpretation, field notebooks to record data, topography maps and transects; analyze soil samples and bird habitats; includes trips to riparian areas, canyons, and higher elevations. (taught by Allie Silber)
scientific research and design
In this course, students conceive of, design, and complete a year-long project using scientific inquiry and experimentation techniques. Emphasis is placed on research protocols, controlling or manipulating variables, data analysis, and a coherent display of the project and its outcomes. (taught by Allie Silber and David Rollins)
Chemistry in the Community
This is an upper level, applied lab class at Sky Islands. Environmental chemistry is the interdisciplinary science that includes air, water, and soil chemistry. Students will study the local and/ or global scale of chemical processes occurring in the environment that are impacted by human activities. (taught by Allie Silber)