Science

Science Course Selections (2017-2018)

 

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Grade 9

Students must take Biology I.

Biology I

This course introduces students to a two-year sequence in the study of biological sciences and the specific terminology and methodology relating to the basic concepts of life and its processes. The course begins with a short, standards-based, introductory unit: Scientific Skills and Metrics that will be used to review and enhance student understanding of scientific investigation.  The remaining learning standards for Biology I provide the foundation for the following three units: Chemistry of Life; Cell Biology; DNA and Genetics and are based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.


Grade 10

Students must take Biology II or AP Biology (by recommendation only). Students who are recommended for and take AP Biology will not be able to choose an elective because AP Biology is a double block course. Students who take Biology II may also choose to add Intro to Engineering as an elective.

Biology II

This course completes the second year of the two-year sequence in the study of biological sciences and the specific terminology and methodology relating to the basic concepts of life and its processes. Learning standards for Biology II serve as the foundation for the following three units: Ecology; Evolution and Biodiversity; Anatomy and Physiology and are based on the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework.

Advanced Placement Biology (This is a 2-Block Course)

A.P. Biology is an introductory college-level course. Students cultivate their understand of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes-energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Biology Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5.)

Science Elective (Gr 10)

Introduction to Engineering

This course introduces students to the engineering design process. Hands-on projects focusing on different areas of engineering are central to the course. Students will explore materials science, construction design, heat systems, and electrical systems. The dynamics of working as an effective team to solve problems and implement solutions will be a feature of the course.


Grade 11

Students must take Chemistry or Physics. They may also choose to add Anatomy and Physiology as an elective.

Chemistry

This course is designed to teach students to the concepts of composition, structure and properties of substances and the changes they will undergo. Topics will include the classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical formulas, chemical reactions and gas laws. Students will utilize qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to predict outcomes and identify unknowns. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level.

Physics

This Physics course will introduce key concepts of the physical world including motion, energy, and electromagnetism. Hands on labs will reinforce these concepts. Measurement and problem solving including graphing and critical thinking will be introduced. Technology will be used to analyze data collected in lab activities. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level.

Science Elective (Gr 11)

Anatomy and Physiology

This is an elective designed to give students an in-depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology which will elaborate on basic topics covered in Biology I. Students will gain knowledge through inquiry based research projects as well as intensive dissections.


Grade 12

Students must take Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, or AP Biology. Seniors who take AP Biology will not be able to choose an additional elective because AP Biology is a double block course. Students who do not take AP Biology may also choose to add Forensic Science as an elective.

Chemistry

This course is designed to teach students to the concepts of composition, structure and properties of substances and the changes they will undergo. Topics will include the classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical formulas, chemical reactions and gas laws. Students will utilize qualitative as well as quantitative approaches to predict outcomes and identify unknowns. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level.

Physics

This Physics course will introduce key concepts of the physical world including motion, energy, and electromagnetism. Hands-on labs will reinforce these concepts. Measurement and problem solving including graphing and critical thinking will be introduced. Technology will be used to analyze data collected in lab activities. Use of a scientific calculator is required. Strong math skills are recommended for the Honors Level.

Advanced Placement Biology (This is a 2-Block Course)

A.P. Biology is an introductory college-level course. Students cultivate their understand of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes-energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Biology Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5.)

Advanced Placement Physics

A.P. Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that will address the principles of Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power: mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Laboratory-based inquiry learning will develop students’ scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. There is a mandatory summer assignment. Students are expected to take the College Board A.P. Physics Exam in May. College credit may be applied with a score of three or higher on the College Board exam. (Exam is scored from 1 – 5.)

Science Elective (Gr 12)

Forensic Science

This is an elective designed to give students an in-depth look at the world of forensics. Students will be introduced to the basic application of science to the law. Students will learn how forensic scientists combine today’s technology with the skills of the scientific community in order to help solve crimes. Topics covered include crime scene evaluation, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis; and the examination of current cases as they relate to these topics.