Zoology, 6-8: Zoology, 9-12 (26.0710)
When is this class offered?
THIS COURSE REQUIRES A
MINIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS!
This course gives an introduction to zoology, with particular emphasis on developing an understanding on the significance of biodiversity
and ecological relationships; to examine the physiological and morphological (structural) characteristics of animals allowing
them to survive in their environments; and to identify species of each phyla. Basically, this course is
an overview of what our biosphere on Earth supports. There will be emphasis placed on both invertebrates
and vertebrates. Remember, it’s all about animal diversity!
Course topics cover a wide range
of information intended for students who have solid reading skills, enjoy research, and have a sense of adventure. Successful
completion of general Biology is a prerequisite. Delivery of information will be varied including classroom
lectures, labs activities with living organisms as well as dissection of preserved specimens, field trips and media platforms.
Though the course will use a textbook, additional reading assignments will be given. In addition,
periodically students will present research projects to their peers. High school students will also participate
in a book study…Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives, by Thomas French.
Zoology encompasses many areas of life sciences. Topics revolve around basic concepts of general zoology
including the variety of animal life, both invertebrates and vertebrates; how animals are grouped according to classification
rules in science; how structure and function impacts where animals live successfully; and basic concepts of animal behavior
and ecology. This course will have a textbook that will be announced soon. Students will meet for class time
weekly for 1 hour and participate in a lab day once a month for two hours. Through the year, we will engage in
different activities to learn about the weekly topics including discussion time, project presentations, hands-on activities,
videos, field trips or with guest speakers. Let’s find out together how important biodiversity really is!
by S. Miller and J. Harley, 8th edition. ISBN: 978-0073028200
The Zoology Coloring Book, by L. Elson. ISBN: 978-0064603010
$65 per month for ten months (August - May)
$125 due at registration to hold student's spot in the class
* In addition to course costs, AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE is due FOR EACH STUDENT on the first
day of EACH SEMESTER. See COSTS PAGE for further information.