Science

The following table is a listing of courses available and in what year students may take each course.  For specific information about each class, click the plus sign next to the course title.

Freshmen Sophomore
• Biology • Chemistry
  • Essential Chemistry
  • Physics A/B
   
Junior Senior
• Advanced Biology • Advanced Biology
• AP Chemistry • AP Chemistry
• Chemistry • AP Physics - Mechanics
• Essential Physics • Chemistry
• Physics • Essential Chemistry
  • Essential Physics
  • Physics

 

Advanced Biology

Course Title:
Advanced Biology

Prerequisite:
Biology A/B

Grade Level:
11, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
Students will describe the general structure and function of cells, tissues, organs and their associated systems. Students will understand the anatomical and physiological structure of the human body.  Students will transfer their understanding of the human anatomy to complete a full dissection of the fetal pig.  

AP Chemistry

Course Title:
AP Chemistry

Prerequisite:
B or better in Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra II or consent of instructor

Grade Level:
11, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
AP Chemistry is concerned with the study of fundamental laws and accepted theories concerning the structure and nature of matter. This course will be an advanced study of chemistry emphasizing both lecture and laboratory activities. The course will be taught at an accelerated pace and the design will be similar to collegiate level General Chemistry course offered to undergraduate science majors. The Advanced Placement test taken in May gives students the opportunity to earn college credit.  

AP Physics - Mechanics

Course Title:
AP Physics - Mechanics

Prerequisite:
B or better in Physics, Current enrollment in Calculus. Calculus requirement may be waived if the student had an A or better in Physics, enrollment in the fourth year of math, and consent of the Physics and math instructors. 

Grade Level:
12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
Physics is study of the fundamental laws and accepted theories concerning the
interrelationship between matter and energy. This course will be an advanced study of physics emphasizing both lecture and laboratory activities. The structure for this course will be based on the College Board AP Physics C-Mechanics curriculum and will be similar to a collegiate level Introductory Physics course offered to undergraduate science and engineering majors. The Advanced Placement test will be taken in May. This is a 5 credit hour course

Biology

Course Title:
Biology

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
9

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
In the first term, the student learns how to design and conduct an experiment along with the skillful use of the microscope in investigating life. Special attention is given to cellular biology and biochemistry. In the second term, the student learns genetics, protein production, and heredity.

Chemistry

Course Title:
Chemistry

Prerequisite:
B or better in Biology and Algebra or consent of an instructor

Grade Level:
10, 11, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
Chemistry is a general look at the basic characteristics of matter and the changes matter undergoes. It is a historical and mathematical study of chemical theories including states of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and the modern atomic theory. About one-fifth of the course is lab work. This Chemistry course will have s focus on mathematical calculation and preparation for college-level science.  

Essential Chemistry

Course Title:
Essential Chemistry

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
10, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
Essentials of Chemistry is a general study of the basic characteristics of matter and the changes matter undergoes. It is a historical and mathematical study of chemical theories including states of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and the modern atomic theory. Approximately one-fifth of the course is lab work. This chemistry course covers all the same topics as regular "Chemistry" with less of an emphasis on math calculations.

Essential Physics

Course Title:
Essential Physics

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
The Essentials of Physics course is the basic study of the laws governing the natural world around us. The topics covered include vector analysis, force, energy, gravity, heat, waves, electromagnetics, and atomic theory. This class is recommended for students planning to pursue a career in a science-related field. About 40% of the course is laboratory inquiry. While the topics are the same as our Physics course the quantity and difficulty of the mathematics involved in Essential Physics are reduced.

Physics A/B

Course Title:
Physics A/B

Prerequisite:
Algebra II - Can be taken concurrently

Grade Level:
10, 11, 12

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
Physics is the study of the laws governing the natural world around us. The topics covered include vector analysis, force, energy, gravity, heat, waves, electromagnetics, and atomic theory. This class should be taken by all students planning to pursue any career in a science related field. About 40% of the course is laboratory inquiry