Biology: Semester 2

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

LAB MATERIALS:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White bread
  • Wheat bread
  •  Sandwich bags
  • 4 glasses
  • Measuring cups
  • 4 stalks of celery (with leaves–if possible)
  • Food coloring (4 different colors)
  • Stopwatch
  • Oyster, clam, or mussel
  • Colored pencils
  • Fabric or blindfold
  • Several labs call for various, common food items
  • Lab 7 requires a friend or family member

Biology: Semester 1

Required Resources:

  • Reliable access to a computer and internet connection

LAB MATERIALS:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • M&M’s
  • Scissors
  • Coins
  • Tape
  • Cup
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Leaf from tree or house plant
  • Green split peas
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Table salt
  • Measuring cups
  • Wooden stick
  • Meat tenderizer (or approved replacement: pineapple juice or contact lens solution)
  • Blender
  • Strainer
  • Small glass container (or test tubes)
  • 2 bowls
  • 5 cups of four different types of dry beans (or a multi-bean mix)
  • 2 trays (or cookie sheets)

Astronomy

Course Outline: 

  1. Observing the Night Sky
    2. Historical Highlights in Astronomy
    3. The Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets
    4: The Solar System—Jovian Planets, Comets, Asteroids, etc.
    5: The Sun and Other Stars
    6: Galaxies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should have done the following:

  1. Developed a basic knowledge of astronomy, both historical and observational.
  2. Acquired an appreciation for astronomy and the night skies.
  3. Learn how astronomers study the universe and exercise some of those skills yourself.

Course Materials

This course is self-contained. You do not need a separate astronomy book to complete the units.

Required Resources

Access to a computer and internet access.