The environmental Biology major integrates biology study with enrichment in other environmental and scientific subjects - computer science, physics, chemistry and agricultural science, including specialty in animal and plant sciences (zoo-technology, stable, cowsheds, field cultivation and chickens). Integration of theoretical study with hands-on work on the farm enables students to implement their learning in practice. At the same time students are exposed to study on subjects which are at the forefront of modern research, such as Human Genome Research, disease study, Environmental Conservation and other interesting subjects in the field of biological research.
Study is diverse. Students experience computer integrated research study, lab experiments, and field trips to nature reserves and research institutes. Classwork, conducted in groups, pairs, or in a full class forum, as well as close student- teacher relationships, ensure that each student maximizes his or her full academic potential.
In the course of environmental biology study students will develop study habits, with an emphasis on scientific thinking skills. Such study habits will serve the student in the future in higher learning institutions.
The environmental biology major has two branches:
Branch A - Scientific Biology
The curriculum of the scientific biology major includes subjects such as ecology and environmentalism, biochemistry of living things, processes of living cells, familiarity with the plant world, physiology of humans and other living species, micro-organisms, and heredity.
This major includes three specialties:
Intended for excellent students, students of this specialty will take a 5 point Bagrut course in computer science, in addition to 5 points in Biology, and will produce a unique Bio-informatics project for their specialty (opening of this track dependent upon minimal registration).
2. Biology and another science.
Students in this major will study, in addition to 5 points Bagrut program in Biology, another 5 points in Physics or Chemistry.
3. Biology and Life sciences.
Students in this major will study, in addition to 5 points Bagrut program in Biology, another 3-5 Bagrut points in animal sciences, or plant sciences.
Composition of the Bagrut program for branch A major is according to the accumulation plan.
5 points Biology:
A. Theory exam, regular level (1.5 pts)
B. Practical laboratory exam (1 pt)
C. Individual research project (1 pt)
D. Theory exam, advanced level Biology (0.9 pts)
E. Theory exam on a scientific publication (0.6 pts)
3-5pts Agricultural Science - 5 pts for excellent students only
A. Theory exam in Zoo-technics/plant science/animal science - regular level (2 pts)
B. Practical exam in one of the agricultural fields (1 pt)
C. Theory exam, advanced level Zoo-technics/plant science/animal science (2 pts)
Branch B - Agricultural Biology
The curriculum of the agricultural biology major includes biology subjects such as the human body, ecology, the cell, and botany, and agricultural subjects such as domestication of animals, human-animal relationships, familiarity with farm areas, economic aspects of agriculture, environmental issues etc.
Composition of the Bagrut program for agricultural biology:
5 pts Agriculture:
A. Theory exam at regular level in zoo technics/plant science/animal science. (2 pts)
B. Theory exam advanced level zoo technics/plant science/animal science. (2 pts)
C. Follow-up examination in one of the agricultural fields. (1pt)
3 points Biology: for qualifying students
A. Theory exam (2 pts)
B. Practical/lab test (1 pt)
A 5 point Biology track may be added to a 5 point track subject in the arts cluster.