Science 700 is a basic intermediate course intended to expose students to the designs and patterns in the physical universe. This course expands on the Science 600 course, providing a set of basic scientific skills and a broad survey of the major areas of science. Some of the areas covered in Science 700 include the scientific method, overview of the four major areas of science,mathematics in science, astronomy, the atmosphere, natural cycles, weather and climate, human anatomy and physiology, and careers in science.The curriculum seeks to develop the students' ability to be aware of and participate in scientific inquiry. The units containexperiments and projects to capitalize on the students’ natural curiosity. The students will explore, observe and manipulate everyday objects and materials in their environment. Students at this level should show understanding of interrelationships between organisms, recognize patterns in systems, and expand their knowledge of cellular dimensions of living systems. Collectively, this should help students develop and build on their subject-matter knowledge base.
- Scientific Inquiry: Students will explore the processes of scientific inquiry, including the scientific method, data collection and analysis, and drawing conclusions, as well as the role that science plays in society.
- Matter: Students will explore the makeup of matter, and its physical and chemical properties.
- Energy and Motion: Students will explore the forms of energy, how it is transformed, and its relationship to motion.
- Biology: Students will learn about living organisms, starting with cells, through tissues, up to organ systems, as well as homeostasis.
- Health and Disease: Students will learn about what causes disease, how diseases can be prevented and making healthy living choices.
- Genetics: Students will the basics of genetics, asexual and sexual reproduction, and the role genetics play in society.
- Ecology and the Environment: Students will explore various ecosystems and biomes, and the interactions of animals and humans with the environment.
- Earth Science: Students will explore the history and makeup of the earth and the processes that occur in, on, and above the earth.
- Life Over Time:Students will learn about how life on earth has changed over time, including evolution, extinction, and speciation.