Term Courses Astronomy • 511 • Fall is term-length course is mostly about satisfying our natural curiosity: Students have heard about sunspots, the rings of Saturn, star clusters, supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes, but they may want to know more about them. More importantly, astronomy helps students appreciate their place in nature on a tiny planet spinning in space amidst a vast cosmos of evolving stars and galaxies. e course begins with the names of the important constellations and stars and how to find them in the night’s sky. From telescopes to starlight to the sun and its system, we will then continue our investigation to learn about the properties of stars, their formations, and, finally, their deaths. e course finishes with a general survey of galaxies, including our own Milky Way. Students will end the year with a final project concerning some aspect of astronomy.
Ecology • 513 • Fall Prerequisite: Chemistry and Biology. Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and their environment; this term-length course will serve as an introduction to ecological concepts and their applications, both abiotic and biological. In addition to discussing ecological concepts, the class will look at an overview of local and global environmental issues and examine individual, group, and governmental activities that are important for protecting natural ecosystems. Students will focus on the comparison of diﬀerent ecological communities and ecosystems, and learn methods of sampling and analysis. e laboratory will consist of field excursions and exercises related to the field experience and ecological techniques.
Electronics • 512 • Winter Prerequisite: Math 3. is term-length course is designed for students who are interested in having the opportunity to explore the world of electrical engineering. Students' time will be split between the classroom and the lab, allowing them to examine both the theoretical and practical application of electrical engineering concepts. Areas of study include electricity, electrical devices and components, microelectromechanical systems, digital and analog logic, and circuit design. Much of this course is project-based, so students will be asked to think critically and creatively while working independently.
Evolution • 515 • Winter Prerequisite: Chemistry and Biology. is term-length course stresses the relevance of evolution to all of biology, and to real-world problems. e discussion of evolution as a collection of facts and as an ongoing research eﬀort with the goal of understanding it as an observable process, especially as it relates to modern medicine and the treatment of disease, will be the focus of the course. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical underpinnings of modern evolutionary biology (mutation, selection, migration, and drift) that produce evolutionary change; additionally, students are introduced to a variety of analytical and technical skills used for studying evolution. Topics covered include population genetics, the theory of evolution by natural selection, concepts of fitness and adaptation, genetic and developmental bases of evolutionary change, modes of speciation, molecular evolution, macroevolutionary trends in evolution, the origins of life, and extinction, among others. Exposure to the tremendous diversity within this discipline will illustrate why evolution is viewed as the central unifying theme of biology.
Academic Course Guide 2019/2020
An annual description of the school year's academic course offerings.