Zoology is the study of animals.  In the first six weeks of this course we will focus on the diversity of animal life.  We begin by looking at simpler body plans and eventually move into complex body systems.  Invertebrates will be addressed, but our main focus will be on vertebrates.  The class will have a lab component.  Lab studies will consist of tissue labs, comparative anatomy / physiology studies and an animal behavior project.

Botany is the study of plants.  We will focus on the evolutionary history of different plant groups.  Plant characteristics, photosynthesis, tropisms and reproduction will be addressed.  Nonvascular and vascular plants will be compared.  This portion of the class will also have a lab component which will involve doing various activities in the school's greenhouse.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate to enable us to go on at least one field trip.