Summer Field Courses

SUMMER FIELD COURSES

The following courses may be available during summer school. Summer field courses may not be used to satisfy any specific graduation requirement; they may be used only to satisfy requirements in Category 4: Electives (see Graduation Requirements section of this catalog). In addition, any credits earned in the science field courses described below may not be applied toward the high school’s graduation requirement of two laboratory science credits. Students should inquire with their science teachers regarding which field courses will be offered during the 2014 summer session.

S525 Field Biology I - Great Lakes and Northern Prairies

Prerequisite: Biology, Models of Physics, Integrated Lab Science 1-2, or prior counselor approval
Summer School Only
1 credit
For this field-based course, students meet weekly during the winter/spring terms of the school year to explore and study many different environmental, biological, and geological aspects of Northern Illinois and Indiana. Students are taught research techniques. Students then apply these skills during the summer during day-long trips to different sites in the area including the Volo Bog, Morton Arboretum, and the Indiana Dunes. Successful completion of this course provides one elective credit toward graduation.

S526 Field Biology II -  Appalachian Mountains

Prerequisite: Field Biology I - Great Lakes and Northern Prairies
Summer School Only
1 credit
For this field-based course, students meet weekly during the winter/spring terms of the school year to explore and study many different environmental, biological, and geological aspects of the Great Smoky Mountains. One portion of class is held at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute in Tremont, Tennessee, where students participate in environmental research and learn from expert environmentalists about topics such as conservation, biology, and geology. Students are housed in dormitory-style accommodations and spend most of the time on trails and rivers in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Successful completion of this course provides one elective credit toward graduation.

S527 Field Marine Biology I

Prerequisite: One laboratory science class, permission of instructors, and recommendation of counselor
Summer School Only
2 credits
This two-credit course is divided into two major components. The pre-field experience component is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to be successful and engaged in the field experience component of the course. The pre-trip activities and requirements include field trips, research sessions, laboratory classes, meetings, and lectures. Students are expected to complete a research project prior to the summer field experience trip. Along with this project, homework, independent laboratories, a field notebook, and journal assignments are required of all students. The highlight and culminating experience of this course is the 12-day field experience trip to Florida. During this portion of the course, students will travel to various research and informational facilities in Florida to study marine habitats including sea-grass habitat, mangrove habitat, reef habitat, and open ocean habitat. Successful completion of this course provides two elective credits toward graduation.

S528 Field Marine Biology II

Prerequisite: Field Marine Biology I
Summer School Only
2 credits
This field-based course expands on the concepts covered in Field Marine Biology I. Students must be SCUBA certified prior to the beginning of the field experience. Successful completion of this course provides two elective credits toward graduation.

S5524 Arctic Exploration

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one year of science
Summer School Only
2 credits
For this field-based course, students will meet once a week during the spring term prior to the field experience.  During this phase of the course, students will learn about life in the cold, conservation science, and arctic biology, geology, and culture. Students will be assigned specific plants and animals to study and report on to act as the group's "expert in the field." The trip itself will take students from Winnipeg to Churchill and Hudson Bay to explore Manitoba, Canada's arctic ecosystems by plane, train, boat, and on foot. They will learn ecological research methods through first-hand experience with tundra, taiga, and the coastal areas that are home to beluga whales. They will meet First Nations peoples such as the Inuit, Cree, Metis, and Dene. Students are encouraged to be involved with a community service project upon their return, to be decided upon at the end of the trip.

S529 Field Geology - Pacific Northwest

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite: One laboratory science class, permission of instructors, and recommendation of counselor
Summer School Only
2 credits
For this field-based course, students spend three weeks of intense study developing and mastering science skills especially as related to field study. Classes meet daily, and a full two weeks are spent in the state of Washington studying the geology, biology, environment, and sociology relevant to the region. Successful completion of this course provides two elective credits toward graduation.

S531 Tropical Field Ecology

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite: Biology, Earth Science, Geology or consent of instructor
Summer School Only
2 credits
For this field-based course, students meet bimonthly during the winter/spring terms of the school year to develop and master science skills related to field studies in general and neo-tropical rainforests specifically. Students read Tropical Ecology to become familiar with the experiences of biologists doing research in the rainforests of Central America and visit various sites to experience sustainable development in action, focus on conservation issues and efforts, and study the general biology, environment, geology, and sociology relevant to the region.  Successful completion of this course provides two elective credits toward graduation.

S559 African Field Savannah Ecology

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Prerequisite: 1 year of Biology or equivalent
Summer School Only
2 credits
For this field-based course, students meet bimonthly during the winter/spring terms of the school year to develop and master science skills related to field studies in general and tropical savannahs specifically.  For a full two weeks during the  summer, students travel to Tanzania, Africa and visit various sites to experience African wildlife conservation issues and efforts, focus on community interactions with the Maasai people, and study savannah ecology, environmental biology, anthropology, and conservation relevant to the region.  Successful completion of this course provides two elective science credits toward graduation.