This program combines the disciplines of natural history and mathematics. This exploratory program is preparatory for entry-level programs in the sciences.
Our study of natural history will include basic key skills and content knowledge that supports further work in biology, ecology, and organismal biology including botany and zoology. This portion of the program will make use of the Evergreen campus to look at biodiversity and the identification of common plants and animals, physical processes in the environment like biogeochemical cycles and climate that affect those organisms, and ecological systems. Labs will focus on basic physiological and evolutionary processes that support the field work.
In the mathematics workshops, we will study scientific notation, unit conversions, and linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. These functions will be approached algebraically, numerically, graphically, and verbally with emphasis linking these multiple representations. Students will apply these concepts to the data they collect in the field and in the lab. Collaborative learning will be emphasized. Strong emphasis will be placed on developing mathematical skills and concepts to prepare students for future work in math and science and to enhance students' mathematical literacy.
Our learning goals will include the development of analytical and critical thinking, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, reading, and writing skills. Weekly activities will include lectures, field work, labs, and workshops. Students will be expected to contribute actively to the learning community and will be evaluated on regular homework assignments, lab, field, and workshop reports, quizzes, and engagement with the program.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit in Algebraic Thinking for Science as well as biology, ecology, and lab/field work, and will be prepared for entry-level science programs and courses such as Integrated Natural Science, Introduction to Environmental Studies, and Precalculus I.
biology, ecology, mathematics, education, and other natural sciences