Science

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SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Required Science Course Selections

PHYSICAL SCIENCE                1 CREDIT

(Honors option available)

This course is designed for freshman students, as the first part of the core sciences.  The course focuses on the three main areas of Matter, Energy and Motion. Analysis of physical and chemical properties and the structure of matter comprise the opening two units.  The third unit covers motion and energy transfer and the fourth unit covers wave behavior and electromagnetism. Students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge for more advanced electives and the authentic connections and conceptual approach will give students of all levels the skills to succeed in any of the general level electives.  Responsibilities will include report writing, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and use of multimedia technology. Credit for Physical Science is based upon the successful completion of the course competencies.

BIOLOGY                                                                                                                                 1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science

Biology of Living Things is a general life science program which will include the study of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and heredity, evolution, taxonomy, botany, zoology, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology.  There will be strong emphasis on collaborative learning and gaining problem-solving skills. Real world issues will be studied and students will be encouraged to think critically and form opinions. Grading is based on successful completion of projects, test and quiz scores and class work (including daily participation) and homework.  

BIOLOGY - Honors                                                                                                                1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science and teacher recommendation.

Biology - Honors is a sophomore level, college preparatory course.  It is a survey course which illustrates the fundamental principles of biology using an ecological approach.  Principles such as evolution, cellular and organism reproduction, interaction of organisms and environment, comparison of structure and function, organism regulation, and homeostasis are integral ports of this class.  The interrelationships among organisms, organism systems, and their niche in the environment are constantly stressed.

Science Electives

CHEMISTRY                                                                          1 CREDIT Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology

This lab-based science course is designed for the college preparatory level students as part of the core sciences.  Students will study the nature of matter and the dynamics of chemical reactions. The course will present the basics of chemical research and analysis in preparation for college chemistry coursework.   Responsibilities will include report writing, qualitative and quantitative lab analysis, and various applications of analytical technologies. Course credit is awarded based upon successful completion of the course standards. CHEMISTRY - Honors                                                                       1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science and Biology

This lab-based science course is designed for the Honors level student as part of the core sciences.  Students will study the various structures and behaviors of matter, including the dynamics of chemical properties and reactions.  The course will present the basics of chemical research and analysis in preparation for rigorous college coursework and/or a science-oriented career path.  Responsibilities will include report writing, qualitative and quantitative lab analysis, and various applications of analytical technologies. Course credit is awarded based upon successful completion of the course standards.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY                                                                     2 CREDITS Prerequisite:  Physical Science Honors, Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors

This year-long, lab-based course follows the AP curriculum for Chemistry.  Students will study subatomic structure, molecular structure, matter-matter and matter-energy interactions, and various forms of quantitative analysis of chemical behavior.  Students will be prepared for, and expected to take the AP Chemistry Exam given in the Spring. Class will meet every day for a total of 90 minutes, for two semesters (2 credits). This course is offered only every other year, opposite of AP Biology.  Course credit is awarded based upon successful completion of the course standards.

PHYSICS                                                                                 1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science, Biology, Algebra II, and Geometry

This lab-based science course is designed for the College Preparatory level student as part of the core sciences.  The course will present the basics of physical systems, energy transfers, and analysis with an emphasis on mathematical modeling (including algebra and trigonometry principles) and application-based scenarios.  Responsibilities will include report writing, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and application of various analytical technologies. Course credit is awarded based upon successful completion of the course standards.

PHYSICS - Honors                                                                        1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science, Biology, Calculus and teacher recommendation.

This lab-based science course is designed for the Honors level student as part of the core sciences.  The course will present the basics of physical systems, energy transfers, and analysis with an emphasis on mathematical modeling (including advanced math and calculus principles) and application-based scenarios.  Enrolled students are prepared for rigorous college coursework and/or science oriented career path. Responsibilities will include report writing, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and application of various analytical technologies.  Course credit is awarded based upon successful completion of the course standards.

EARTH SCIENCE                                                                                                                    .5 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science

Earth Science is a half credit project based course that focuses on three main areas.  These areas include the Earth as a system, tectonic processes and earth structure, the interaction between the Sun and Earth as well as the function and formation of stars in general.  The course will also focus on enhancing the student’s skill level of investigation, inquiry, observation and the ability to ask questions.

EARTH SCIENCE - Honors                                                                                                   .5 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Physical Science and teacher recommendation.

Earth Science is a half credit project based course that focuses on three main areas.  These areas include the Earth as a system, tectonic processes and earth structure, the interaction between the Sun and Earth as well as the function and formation of stars in general.  The course will also focus on enhancing the student’s skill level of investigation, inquiry, observation and the ability to ask questions.

ROBOTICS                                                                                                                     1 CREDIT Students will explore applications of engineering and programming practices to design a robot according to specifications for the functions and tasks the robot needs to complete.  This will involve many critical features of the robot needed to meet the specified requirements. The course will cover the entire design processes, such as defining the problem, researching and designing, creating a prototype, building a robot, programming and testing, evaluation of design, and automation.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY                     1 CREDIT

Prerequisite:  Honors Biology or Biology teacher recommendation (Completion of Chemistry is highly recommended but not required)

In this lab course you will explore human anatomy and physiology. You will understand the amazing machine known as the human body and gain insight to the structure and function of the major systems in the human body. This course is research based, with dissection labs. Students will learn to write scientific review papers; a good skill to have for any college bound student going into any of the sciences.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY HONORS                           1 CREDIT

Prerequisite:  Honors Biology or Biology teacher recommendation, and completion of Chemistry.

This honors elective lab course you will understand the amazing machine known as the human body and gain insight to the structure and function of the complex cells and chemistry of the human body. This course is lecture and research based, with dissection labs. Students will learn to write scientific review papers; a good skill to have for any college bound student going into any of the sciences. This is a college preparatory class and students will be held to the expectation of college students.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                                                                               1 CREDIT (Honors option available)

Prerequisite:  Biology

In this elective course, you will explore the problems and discover solutions to human sustainability.  You will explore agricultural practices, energy sources, fresh water sources, global human population, and climate change and their effects on humans and the environment.  You will look at both sides to every problem and solution and learn to make educated and informed opinions about environmental issues.

AP BIOLOGY                                                                            2 CREDITS

Prerequisite:  Physical Science Honors, Chemistry (Honors preferred) and a recommendation by another science teacher.

This course is a college level class designed for students seeking to challenge and expand their understanding of biology as well as better prepare themselves for college.  The class involves complex and in depth labs such as genetically modifying organisms and analyzing DNA as well as student directed research and teaching. Students will be prepared for, and expected to take, the AP Biology Exam given in the Spring.  Class will meet every day for a total of 90 minutes, for two semesters (2 credits). This course is offered only every other year, opposite of AP Chemistry.  Students enrolled in AP Biology are expected to complete a summer assignment and take the AP Exam.

EEES - Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Stewardship         1 CREDIT

(Honors option available)

Prerequisites: Biology (Completion of Chemistry and Earth Science is recommended but not required.)

This is a hands-on, field based course that focuses on the development of STEM based research and problem solving skills. Through collection and analysis of data, students will develop understanding of Earth, Ecological, and Environmental Systems work within this region through hands on, student derived investigations. Topics could range from climate/weather, geology, nutrient cycling, air pollution, population dynamics of a species, invasive species, and much more. In this course students will learn through exploration in the field. Students will gain skills collecting data as well as analyzing, synthesizing and hypothesizing various abiotic factors that influence the biotic.

BOTANY AND ZOOLOGY - Honors                                                                      1 CREDIT Prerequisite:  Biology

The course will consist of one academic quarter of botany and one academic quarter of zoology.  The botany portion of the course will examine the study of mosses, ferns, angiosperms and gymnosperms.  Students will study plant reproduction, habitat, and identify various plant life indigenous to the region.  The zoology portion will examine various invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Body systems, habitats, evolutionary significance, and taxonomy of invertebrate and vertebrate animals will be studied.  Invertebrate and vertebrate dissections will emphasize structure and function, with an understanding of comparative anatomy. Animal dissections are a significant part of the zoology portion, which should be considered before taking this course.  


ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE                                                                         1 CREDIT     

(Honors option available)  

Prerequisite:  Physical Science, Biology (Honors Prerequisite:  Chemistry Honors)

Atmospheric Science is a college level class designed to gain a better understanding of how the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere and surface combine to dictate the transfer of energy through Earth’s Atmosphere.  This class challenges students to learn about all aspects of the atmosphere ranging from structure, weather, and climate through student driven inquiries and genuine scientific research opportunities. Students pursuing honors credit will further explore the statistical nature of these systems and how they behave in order to model processes in a way that gives better insights into their predictability.

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