Tor Academy- Science
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Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
Varies; self study format.
March 2016 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: evaluate how the basic units of matter interact to produce the complex macromolecules that imbue living systems with the many properties that constitute the living state; interpret the scientific basis for declaring the cell as the basic unit of life; understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking in seeking to solve problems; analyze the nature of the different processes involved in cell metabolism, cellular respiration, fermentation and photosynthesis; describe the processes of the cell cycle, genetics, meiosis, the chromosomal basis of Inheritance, the molecular basis of inheritance from gene to protein, and the regulation of gene expression; describe the life processes carried out by plant and animal life forms as well as human biological processes; and evaluate the different forms of ecology and ecosystems and how they apply to life on planet.
This course broadly covers the core concepts in biology, emphasizing vocabulary and concepts relating to structures and functions of life forms. The final exam covers the major areas of biology, along with assessing students’ knowledge of basic subject matter including: cell structure and physiology, metabolism, cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, modern genetics, and genetic engineering, life processes, nutrition, respiration, circulation, excretion and regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Biology or General Science (3/16) (8/21 revalidation).
Varies; self study format.
March 2016 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the Earth’s interior and exterior structure; identify the composition of indigenous rocks and minerals; explain how weather and erosion affect the surface of the Earth; explain how earthquakes and volcanoes affect the Earth’s surface and the formation of islands and mountains; apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquire and data gathering with respect to many aspects of Earth Science; interpret data relating to earthquakes such as Richter scale readings and meteorological data such as barometer readings; outline characteristics of various types of climates and be able to discuss whether humans have the ability to affect weather and climate on the Earth’s surface for both positive and negative results.
This self-study course covers a basic overview of Earth Science, focusing on the major principles relating to the make up of Planet Earth, the different processes that give it shape, and its dynamic systems and cycles. The final exam assesses students’ knowledge of major topics such as weathering and erosion, how major disruptions such as earthquakes and volcanoes affect the development of the Earth’s surface, meteorology and how weather is based on shifts in air masses, precipitation, and fronts. It also requires students to apply the scientific method in order to conduct scientific inquiry along with data gathering and interpretation.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Earth Science (3/16) (8/21 revalidation).
Varies; self-study format.
March 2021 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: describe basic concepts in nutrition and factors that affect nutritional needs; describe the different nutrient classes and their functions in health; describe the role of nutrition in various lifespan brackets – pregnancy, toddler, adolescent, adulthood, and the elderly; explain the relevance of different healthy nutritional patterns and dietary guidelines; explain the emerging concerns regarding food safety and the implications to public health; and promote healthy lifestyles by eating right and educating others to do the same.
Major topics include: introduction to nutrition; healthy diet planning; the role of carbohydrates in nutrition; role of lipids in nutrition; protein's role in nutrition; water as a nutrient; minerals in nutrition; symptoms of mineral deficiency and toxicity; how vitamins support nutrition; anatomy of the digestive system; nutrient digestion, absorption, and transport; cell anatomy and metabolism; weight management and energy needs; eating disorders and risk to nutrition; and physical activity and nutrition.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Nutritional Science, Core Science, or Nutrition (8/21).