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Environmental Biology

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General Description

This course explores the interactions between living things and their environment.  Students will begin with a phenomena and use it to enhance their understanding of core ideas in biology and the natural world.  Students will use the NGSS science and engineering practices to understand the biological processes that are essential for life’s existence.


  • Understand genetics, evolution and ecological interactions of species by interpreting and analyzing data from elephant and lion researchers.
  • Investigate the interactions of humans, sea otters and sea urchins in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Analyze and create models to describe the genetics behind albinism.
  • Investigate and analyze cancer cells and how some animals are more susceptible.  
  • Research and analyze a model for the dynamics of penguin populations while proposing a solution for a breeding pan in zoos.
  • Analyze and model the domestication of wolves into dogs and how that has affected their genetics.

Theory of Action

The goal of science education at EHS is to engage our students through student choice. Each course is designed to encourage scientific literacy and critical thinking through relevant topics and authentic experiences in the lab and classroom.