Science

  • Biology, Biology Pre AP - Grades 9-10 / 1.0 credit
  • Biology AP - Grades 11-12 / 1.5 credits (2 Hrs.)
  • Chemistry I, Chemistry I Pre AP - Grades 10-12 / 1.0 credit
  • Chemistry AP - Grades 11-12 / 1.5 credits (2 Hrs.)
  • Physics, Physics Pre AP Grades 11-12 / 1.0 credit
  • Physics-I AP - Grades 11-12 / 1.0 credit
  • Physics-II AP - Grades 11-12 / 1.0 credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology Grades 11-12 / 1.0 credit
  • Aquatic Science - Grades 11-12 / 1.0 credit

Biology

Biology I is an introductory study of Biology’s enduring concepts of Evolution, Cellular Processes & Energy Transfer, Genetics, and Systems Interactions. These concepts are explored through the study of several topics: the structures and functions of cells and viruses; the growth and development of organisms; nucleic acids and genetics; evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and homeostasis; and ecosystems and the environment. Students use scientific methods and equipment during experimental investigations, analyze and evaluate data, and communicate valid conclusions. 
Note: Biology I is a requirement for all diploma plans.

Biology I Pre-Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class)/ 88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. This course provides opportunities for the highly motivated student. It includes a more rigorous study of the unity of living things by focusing on the similarity and interrelatedness of all organisms through cell structure and function, biochemistry, heredity, evolution, and ecology. Inquiry-based labs are included, where students design and conduct their own experimental procedures, integrating science, computing, and mathematics skills. Communication, collaboration, and self-evaluation are cultivated with the aim to prepare students to succeed in college level courses in high school.

Biology Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class)/ 88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. This course is for the exceptional and highly motivated student. This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general biology and laboratory course usually taken during the first college year for the biology major. It is a study of biology’s enduring concepts (“Big Ideas”): Evolution, Cellular Processes & Energy Transfer, Genetics, and Systems Interactions, and the content that supports them. Students are challenged to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing data collection strategies, evaluation of evidence, applying mathematical routines, utilizing & designing models, and connecting concepts in and across domains. This course prepares students for The College Board Advanced Placement Examination, and for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. (2 class periods)

Chemistry

Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra I. Chemistry is a general chemistry course in which laboratory applications are employed. Areas of study include the following: characteristics of matter and energy and their transformation during physical and chemical changes, atomic structure, and periodic table of elements, bonding, chemical reactions, and behaviors of gases, properties of solutions, acids, and bases.
Note: Chemistry is a requirement for all diploma plans.

Chemistry Pre-Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra I/ 93 Average (Regular Biology/ 88 Average in Pre-AP Biology/ Administrator Approval. Chemistry is a general chemistry course in which laboratory applications are employed. Areas of study include the following: characteristics of matter and energy and their transformation during physical and chemical changes, atomic structure, and periodic table of elements, bonding, chemical reactions, behaviors of gases, properties of solutions, acids, and bases. There is a more detailed approach to chemical principles with a greater emphasis on mathematics as applied to chemistry.

Chemistry Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry and Algebra II/ 93 Average in Regular Chemistry / 88 Average in Pre-AP Chemistry/ Administrator Approval. The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the student’s abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The course has emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. (2 class periods)

Physics

Prerequisite: Biology I, or Chemistry I, and Algebra II. Students who have not completed Precalculus must be concurrently enrolled. Students will be introduced to the principles of physics as they apply to mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems. It includes the observation of laws of force and motion, the nature of light, wave phenomena, and properties of electricity and magnetism; Promotes investigations that emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, analysis of data, and manipulation of laboratory apparatus. This course is designed for students planning technical careers in science and mathematics.
Note: Physics is a requirement for all diploma plans.

Physics Pre-Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: Biology I or Chemistry I and Algebra I. 93 Average in Regular Algebra II / 88 Average in Pre-AP Algebra II/ Administrator Approval. Pre-AP Physics is an enhanced physics course using labs and problem solving to study a variety of topics that include the following: principles of motion, forces, sound, light, optics, electricity, magnetism, and energy. Additional requirements include higher order mathematical problems and outside projects.

Physics I Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class)/88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. Students must have completed Chemistry I and Precalculus. This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry based learning students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Physics II Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 88 Average in AP Physics 1. This is an algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explores topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electronic circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critcal thinking and reasoning skills.

Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry. Provides the capable and highly motivated student with an indepth study of the structure and functions of the components of the human body; includes the investigation of cell specialization, the cooperative function of cells as tissues and organs, the major body systems, and the interrelationship of those systems in a living organism. This course provides laboratory opportunities to investigate anatomical structures and to regulate mechanisms that influence how systems function, reinforced through computer simulations, guest speakers, and off-campus visitations; builds a knowledge base for those students who wish to pursue a career in medicine. This course is strongly recommended for all students interested in medical/health science careers.

Aquatic Science

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry. In Aquatic Science, students study the interactions of the biotic and abiotic components in aquatic environments, including impacts on aquatic systems. Investigations and fieldwork in this course may emphasize fresh water or marine aspects of aquatic science depending primarily upon the natural resources available for study near the school. Students who successfully complete Aquatic Science will acquire knowledge about a variety of aquatic systems, conduct investigations and observations of aquatic environments, work collaboratively with peers, and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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