Science

Course Selection Breakdown

 

Grade 9

Students must take Biology I.

Biology I

This course introduces students to 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 I fall under the following three subtopics: The Chemistry of Life; Cell Biology; Genetics.


Grade 10

Students must take Biology II or AP Biology (by recommendation only). Students who take Biology II may also choose to add Intro to Engineering as an elective. 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.

Biology II

This course introduces students to 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 fall under the following three subtopics: Ecology; Evolution and Biodiversity; Anatomy and Physiology.

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 Human Anatomy or Introduction to Engineering 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 Electives (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.

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 12

Students must take Chemistry, Physics, A.P. Physics, or A.P. Biology. Seniors who take A.P. Biology will not be able to choose an additional elective because A.P. Biology is a double block course. Students who do not take A.P. Biology may also choose to add Human Anatomy or 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 Electives (Gr 12)

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.

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.