Science

Program Goal:  The student will:

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge base in science.
  • Apply science to everyday life.
  • Apply the scientific method to solve problems.
  • Analyze scientific information using technology when appropriate.
  • Demonstrate scientific curiosity and confidence in the ability to understand and communicate regarding scientific issues.
  • Apply moral and ethical principles when explaining the impact of science and technology on society.

All students must earn ​3 credit hours in required Science courses prior to graduation. See specific course information below.

*Students not taking Integrated Science (but meet criteria to take Honors Biology in 9th Grade) must take a Biology, Chemistry, and a Physics course. 

See specific course information below:

Anatomy and Physiology

Course Number:  S434
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry taken previously or concurrently, minimum 2.75 G.P.A., Department Approval Required
Course Description:  This course presents the anatomy and functions of the human body. It is presented through a unit method covering the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, integumentary, endocrine, excretory and reproductive systems. Knowledge presented in this course will be helpful for students considering a career in medicine, nursing and health-related fields. An anatomical dissection of a cat is an integral part of this course.

AP Biology

Course Number:  S830
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1.5 Credits
Offered:  Even-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  Minimum B average in Honors Chemistry, Minimum B average in Honors Biology; minimum 3.5 Weighted GPA, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  This class will be presented in block form from 7:30 - 8:51 a.m. There will be a mandatory meeting at the end of this school year to hand out textbooks and explain the course requirements and expectations. Students will begin the class having covered Unit 1: “The Chemistry of Life” on their own. Topics covered will be the biochemistry of molecules and cells, including cellular energetics, coupled reactions and the cell cycle. Also investigated will be heredity and molecular genetics. Diversity of organisms as related to structural, physiological and behavioral adaptations will be considered. Students will be required to complete all 12 AP Biology laboratory investigations. Students taking this course are required to take the AP exam in May. It is strongly encouraged that students purchase Cliffs AP Biology by Phillip Pack.

Chemistry in the Community

Course Number:  S816
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Biology
Course Description:  This course is designed to help students:

  • Realize the important role that chemistry will play in their personal and professional lives.
  • Use chemical knowledge to think through and make informed decisions about issues involving science and technology.
  • Develop a lifelong awareness of both the potential and the limitations of science and technology.

This course is structured around motivating issues in the community involving chemistry rather than around specific chemical concepts. The usefulness of relevant chemistry is stressed instead of requiring memorization of facts. ChemCom emphasizes decision-making processes and cultivates critical thinking. It is designed for the college-bound student who does not plan to major in a science.

Chemistry

Course Number:  S829
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Completed Biology, “C+” or better in Algebra, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  This Chemistry course will allow students to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of chemistry. The course will provide the students with laboratory activities designed to enhance chemical concepts. Topics covered are chemical formulas and equations, modern atomic structure, phases of matter, mole concept and stoichiometry, and acid-base theory.

Honors Chemistry

Course Number:  S819
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1.5 Credits
Offered:  Odd-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  Completed Honors Biology, Completed Geometry, “B” or better in Algebra, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  This Chemistry course will allow students to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of chemistry. The course will provide the students with laboratory activities designed to enhance chemical concepts. Topics covered are chemical formulas and equations, modern atomic structure, phases of matter, mole concept and stoichiometry, and acid-base theory.  This course covers the same content as Chemistry, with the difference being emphasis, pace and student expectations.

AP Chemistry

Course Number:  S824
Open to grades: ​ 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  This Chemistry course will allow students to develop a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of chemistry. The course will provide the students with laboratory activities designed to enhance chemical concepts. Topics covered are chemical formulas and equations, modern atomic structure, phases of matter, mole concept and stoichiometry, and acid-base theory.  This course covers the same content as Chemistry, with the difference being emphasis, pace and student expectations.

Physics

Course Number:  S820
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Algebra II/Trigonometry, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Students will develop an understanding of physics in the world around them by using mechanics and electricity and magnetism. Students will use Algebra II and Trigonometry concepts to solve problems and analyze data gathered in laboratory situations. Situations will be analyzed using Newton's laws and the conservation of energy. A component of the course will also focus on electricity and magnetism and electrical circuits. As time permits, modern physical theories will be explored.

AP Physics

Course Number:  S824
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Algebra II/Trigonometry with a B or better, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  AP Physics will provide students with the opportunity to pursue and receive credit for college-level coursework. Enthusiasm for science is a must. Topics such as Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, as well as atomic and nuclear physics will be presented in considerable depth to prepare students for the multiple choice section of the AP Physics Test. Students will solve problems during laboratory investigations and through chapter reviews, computer-generated problems and AP Physics test reviews. Students will learn to apply given information to new situations as expected in the free-response section of the AP Physics Test. Students taking this course are required to take the AP Physics Exam in May.

Pre-Engineering

Course Number:  S920
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  This course will provide students with an overall view of the three main threads of engineering: Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical. This includes an introduction to the engineering design process and resource design tools by means of projects, lectures and homework. Team projects require application of creativity, engineering analysis and computational tools. Reading, lectures and discussions also examine the areas of technology in society, engineering ethics and library research methods. The computer and various software tools are introduced and used for this course.

AP Environmental Science

Course Number:  S832
Open to grades: ​ 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry, Departmental Approval Required
Course Description:  Equivalent tp a one-semester introductory college course in environmental science, this class provides students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. AP Environmental Science will provide students with the opportunity to pursue and receive credit for college-level coursework. AP Environmental Science is unique because it is multidisciplinary, drawing its content from geology, biology, earth science, chemistry, meteorology, geography and social issues. Attendance at fieldwork experiences is mandatory. Students are required to take the AP Environmental Science exam in May.

Astronomy

Course Number:  S827
Open to grades: ​ 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course will examine the major components of the Astronomy, including the solar system, stellar formation, the death of stars and the remnants of that process, and observations of objects that we can see in the night sky with and without the aid of a telescope. Nighttime observation will be a requirement of this course.