Plant Biology–grade 9
Part 1. 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.
Earth Science–grade 10
Part 1. Structure, forces, and cycles of the Earth, biogeochemical cycles, oceans, weather and climate/change, plate tectonics, pollution, risk and human health.
Part 2. Physical and chemical properties of Earth materials, geology, gem and mineral formation, the periodic table and the nature of chemical reactions.
Part 1. 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. 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.
Part 1. 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. 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.
Field-Based Inquiry (lower division)
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)
Environmental Chemistry Lab (upper division)
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)