By the junior and senior year, students are fully engaged in defining their own educational path. In the humanities and the sciences, students will choose from a deep and varied range of electives including Honors, APs and a growing number of Advanced Studies. Advanced Studies (AdvSt) courses are AP-level courses and beyond designed by Webb faculty to engage students in high-level intellectual pursuits and are characterized by their depth of study, their embrace of the latest in academic research, and their attention to making connections among disciplines. Advanced Studies courses in fields like paleontology, anatomy and physiology, and organic chemistry allow students to experience a rigorous science curriculum utilizing cutting-edge labs and technologies. In the humanities, semester electives such as Ethics and Modern Global Affairs, The Culture of Contagion, and L.A. Literary Culture provide this kind of in-depth, academic study. In math and world languages, advanced courses engage students in everything from linear algebra and statistics to global literature and film.