|ATN, FRS, HAV, SUN, TOW
From the CTY Summer Catalog:
From microscopic investigation to the basics of veterinary medicine, this course explores the principles of comparative animal anatomy, physiology, and genetics. You will learn key concepts of zoology such as characteristics of the animal cell, heredity, taxonomy, and evolution, including natural selection. Through laboratory dissections of animals ranging from perch to rats, you’ll explore the different systems of each species—digestive, nervous, immune, endocrine, reproductive, and circulatory. You and your classmates will research and discuss topics including animal behavior, environmental adaptation, husbandry and domestication, and the human impact on animal life—including environmental degradation and species extinction. Through lab work and in the field, you’ll put science into practice by learning to formulate research questions, gather and analyze data, and interpret results. Zoology is a course for CAAs.
Instructed by Mrs. Mehta and TA’d by Isabel, the group was subjected to large amounts of boring and monotonous worksheets daily, resulting in some squirrels vowing to never return to CTY— to the dismay of returning students. The first few days, the class didn’t even receive breaks, and it was only when Isabel convinced Mrs. Mehta to let them go outside that they were able to “vandalize” the building with chalk. A bad case of the Schnades along with the fact that some students were spending more time in class doing worksheets than sleeping (I did the math) resulted in trips to the medical office. A general cloud of disappointment and rage hung over the students as they were in fact taking high school biology prep instead of watching cool nature documentaries and learning about weird animals. Due to the fact that a large portion of the class had not yet taken Biology, the entire first week had to be dedicated to memorizing terms and concepts. However, on many evening sessions when the instructor was absent, TA Isabel allowed the students to get up to some general mayhem. The rolly chairs in the classrooms provided adequate racecar substitutes and going down the hallways at high speeds on them was a fun activity until it was outlawed. Games of tag and an elevator named Xylophone were present through the session. We would encourage another choice of class if you are coming to CTY for any reason besides getting ahead in high school bio.