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Pathway Overview

This academic Pathway is designed to provide coursework that will prepare any student to pursue a career within the areas of life, physical, or Earth sciences. The courses found in the Science Pathway will allow each student to develop the critical thinking and laboratory skills necessary to be successful in science and in life. Students in this Pathway will learn how to ask questions, develop and use models, plan and conduct investigations, analyze data to construct explanations, argue with the evidence, and communicate both verbally and in writing just like scientists do in their fields. Students choosing this Pathway need to have a strong desire to learn through hands-on, inquiry-based lab activities and projects that will challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills and not just recall facts.
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Pathway Courses

Pathway requirements include the completion of four Science credits, three additional Science elective credits, and the completion of the Scientific Research and Design Capstone Course.



The capstone course represents the culmination of the Science Pathway. This course focuses on technical scientific writing, laboratory skills, robust data analysis, and the development and implementation of effective research practices. The final product for the course will be an independent research project on a topic of the student’s choosing. All students will be expected to present their findings as part of the ASD STEM Fair.

*Prerequisite: Students will have completed a minimum of 6 Science credits.