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Biology is an introductory high-school level course. Students become introduced to the concepts of biomolecules, cells, energy flow, genetics, physiology, and organismal biology with an emphasis on botany and zoology. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course.

Chemistry provides the fundamental principles of this physical science including states of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, acid-base reactions, and gas laws. Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures are an integral part of this course.

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a foundation to support future advanced work in chemistry. Through inquiry-based learning, students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students cultivate understanding of chemistry and science practices as they explroe topics such as atomic structure, intermolecular foces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, electrochemistry, solutions, acid-base, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science . Unlike most other introductory-level college science courses, environmental science is offered from a wide variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies,
environmental science, chemistry, and geography . Depending on the department offering the course, different emphases are placed on various topics . Some courses are rigorous science courses that stress scientific principles and analysis and that often include a laboratory component; other courses emphasize the study of environmental issues from a sociological or political perspective rather than a scientific one

Ecology focuses on the basic principles governing the interactions of organism and environment. Trophic structure and energetics, species diversity, evolution of populations, biogeochemical cycles, dynamic and description community ecology including the interactions among more than two species, patterns in species co-occurrences across space and time. The course will focus on terrestrial, aquatic, marine, and wetland ecology and management. Field work is required.

This course focuses on the principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Topics to be covered include inheritance, transcription, splicing, polymorphisms, chromatic organization, DNA & RNA extraction, digestion, electrophoresis, Souther analysis, RFLP analysis, PCR amplification, cloning, automated sequencing, genetic drift, mutation, selection, and genetic engineering. Laboratory investigations are required for all topics.

This course introduces students to the history of mankind's study and use of plants, and a survey of plants of economic importance. Students will also learn about plant life histories including form, function, and reproduction in the lives of algae, fungi, byrophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants. The students will also explore plant taxonomy and ecology of common native, cultivated, and exotic plant species in southern Florida. Laboratory observation of the gross features of vascular plants and practice in the use of dichotomous keys for plant identification are also required. Field and laboratory work is required.

This course explores the evolutionary relationships and physiological adaptations of metazoan animal groups from porifera through the chordates. An emphasis will be placed upon the taxonomy, anatomy, development, physiology and ecology of major invertebrate groups, including terrestrial and aquatic phyla. Likewise, students will also explore the systematics, anatomy, physiology, development and ecology of vertebrate animals. Dissections of a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate speciments is required to reveal relationships of the various organ systems and to explore structural diversity and classification of species. Field and laboratory work is required.

The purpose of this core course is to train students in the use of the scientific approach in research, to ensure informed decision making grounded in empirical research. In junior year (level 3), after receiving training on the utilization of library database applications and various research methodologies, students will develop (a) the elements of a research examination, based on a problem in a field of interest, (b) a related literature review, (c) a purpose statement, and (d) research questions. Students will be expected to complete a research proposal and submit it to the Institutional Review Board for approval. Students will then engage in their own research project with the goal of publishing their own, authentic research papers prior to graduation.

In this course, students will examine experimental designs in current research articles and become familiar with the particular standards of our individual fields of interest. Through frequent discussions of individual work, students will develop profound laboratory skills as well as skills for communicating and critiquing science. Most importantly, students will create, revise through peer-review, and submit original research projects for publication.

Students that opt to take this course in their senior year will be paired with practicing researchers in science laboratories throughout South Florida. Students will work under the direct mentorship of a practicing scientist to aide in their own research projects. School-site personnel with maintain oversight of all students throughout their internship period.