Degrees and Certifications:
Single Subject Teaching Credential, Life Science, California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Davis
Ms. Katherine Nurss
I have been teaching at Roseville High School for the entirety of my career in education, dating back to 2016
♥ Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger.
I teach NGSS Biology, PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS), and PLTW Human Body Systems (HBS).
Courses and Helpful Links
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS)
Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and to bioinformatics. Hands-on projects enable students to investigate human body systems and various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, sicklecell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Over the length of the course, students work together to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After pinpointing those factors, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The key biological concepts embedded in the curriculum include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Where appropriate engineering principles are also incorporated into the curriculum. These include the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function.
PLTW Human Body Systems (HBS)
Students will examine the interactions between the human body systems through exploration of identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the HBS curriculum will allow you to build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken, use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. The goal of HBS is to prepare you for higher education opportunities and careers within the biomedical sciences field and any career opportunities you choose to pursue.
NGSS Biology Course Syllabus
NGSS Biology is the first course aligned with California’s Framework for the Next Generation Science Standards and will fulfill the RJUHSD life science graduation requirement. It is recommended for all 9th grade students and will meet the UC/CSU “d” laboratory requirement (UC approval pending in February 2018). Students will integrate the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. These core ideas include energy and matter flow in ecosystems, history of the Earth, human impacts on ecosystems, inheritance and variation in life, natural selection, evolution, and biotechnology. There will be multiple opportunities for students to model and develop solutions to authentic problem-based scenarios.