Text Options for the Visually Impaired Font Size: a- A+ Color: A A A Revert 
Close vision bar
Open vision bar

Science Course Descriptions

SCIENCE COURSES

* A graduation, Core 40 and Academic Honors Course    

3024                       Biology I* (BIO I)

This is a course based on the following core topics:  ecology, matter cycles and energy transfer; interdependence of organisms; cellular chemistry, cell structure and reproduction; molecular basis of heredity; genetics and evolution.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations.

Grade: 10                                           Prerequisite:  None                     Full Year:  2 credits

 

3026                       Biology II* (BIO II)

Students enrolled in Biology II examine in greater depth the structures, functions, and processes of living organisms.  Students also analyze and describe the relationship of Earth’s living organisms to each other and to the environment in which they live.  In this course, students refine their scientific knowledge of cells, energy processes in living things, genetics, evolution, and detailed study of microbes, plants, fungi and animals. *Special Note - Students who did not do well in Biology I should NOT sign up for this class.                                 

Grade: 10-11                                 Prerequisite:  Biology                       Full Year:   2 credits

 

3020                       Biology, Advanced Placement* (AP BIO)

This is a course based on the content established by the College Board. The major themes of the course include: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of  life. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce and to maintain dynamic homeostasis. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

Grade: 11-12                              Prerequisite: BIO I & CHEM I               Full Year: 2 credits

 

3044                       Earth and Space Science *

This course is focused on the following core topics: geology (rocks, minerals, weathering, erosion, fossils, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, & mountain building); meteorology (atmosphere, weather, climate, storms); the environment (resources); and astronomy (planets, stars, moons & the universe). Students analyze and describe earth’s interconnected systems and examine how earth’s materials, landforms, and continents are modified across geological time.

Grade:  9-10                                   Prerequisite:  None                           Full Year:  2 credits

 

3108                      Integrated Chemistry – Physics * (ICP)

This course is focused on the following core topics:  motion and energy of macroscopic objects; chemical, electrical, mechanical and nuclear energy; properties of matter; transport of energy; magnetism; energy production and its relationship to the environment and economy. The CPO lab-based format allows students to experience each core topic through at least 2 labs each chapter.

Grade:  9-12                                   Prerequisite:  Algebra I                   Full Year:  2 credits

 

3064                       Chemistry I* (Chem I)

Chemistry I is a course based on the following core topics:  properties and states of matter; atomic structure; bonding; chemical reactions; solution chemistry; behavior of gases, and organic chemistry.   Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

Grade:  11-12                                Prerequisite:  Algebra 2  & Bio I                   Full Year: 2 credits

 

5276       Anatomy & Physiology (A & P)

This is a course in which students investigate and apply concepts associated with human anatomy and physiology.  Concepts covered include the process of homeostasis and the essentials of human function at the level of cells, tissues, and organ systems.  Students will understand the structure, organization, and function of the various components of the healthy human body in order to apply this knowledge in all health-related fields. The course should include ample laboratory experiences that illustrate the application of the standards to the appropriate cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.  Dissection is both appropriate and necessary. *Special Note - Memorization skills are a MUST.  Activities include:  microscope study, practical tests, cat dissection. 

Grade: 11-12                          Prerequisite: Bio I/Bio II                           Full Year: 2 credits

 

3084                       Physics

Physics I is a course focused on the following core topics:  motion and forces; energy and momentum; temperature and thermal energy transfer; electricity and magnetism; vibrations and waves; light and optics. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

Grade:  11-12                                Prerequisite: Pre-Calc                     Full Year: 2 credits

 

3066       Advanced Chemistry (Chem II)

Chemistry II is an extended laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Chemistry II examine the chemical reactions of matter in living and nonliving materials. Based on the unifying themes of chemistry and the application of physical and mathematical models of the interactions of matter, students use the methods of scientific inquiry to answer chemical questions and solve problems concerning personal needs and community issues related to chemistry. This course includes:  reaction energy and kinetics, chemical equilibrium, oxidation and reduction reactions, topics in organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis and electrochemistry.  Students will participate in various lab experiments relating to class material. 

Grade: 11-12                     Prerequisite: Chem I/Alg II                              Full Year: 2 credits