This is a science class involving an in-depth study of the relationship between organisms and their environment. The class may take field trips to the creek near Marian University. Biotic and abiotic factors affecting life in and surrounding the creek will be studied. The carbon, water, and nitrogen cycles will be studied along with energy flow through trophic levels. A comprehensive report of the student’s data collection and conclusions will be presented at the end of the course. Students will write three to four research papers using APA format during the class as part of their in-depth studies.