Science

The Science Department recognizes that in this age of exploration and scientific advancement, it has an obligation to challenge the intellectually curious and alert all students to the challenges of mankind that are found in scientific study. The Science Program endeavors to develop desirable attitudes toward science, an understanding of the role of science in daily life, knowledge of scientific principles and tools and an application of scientific principles.

(710) BIOLOGY-Hon
Grade: 9
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Recommendation and 85 or higher in 8th grade science
Length: Full Year

Biology Honors

Biology challenges students to investigate biology using a molecular approach. Each unit uses laboratory investigations to help students understand the concepts. Topics to be presented include biochemistry, ecology, anatomy and physiology, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis and meiosis, evolution, and genetics. Furthermore, students will communicate effectively through writing and speaking, create products that demonstrate mastery of the core curricula, make interdisciplinary connections to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate use of media and technology by creating brochures, critiquing science websites or journals, and preparing Powerpoint presentation on various biology concepts. This course serves for preparation of AP Biology if they choose to take it.

(707) BIOLOGY-Col
Grade: 9
Level: College
Prerequisite: None
Length: Full Year

Biology College
This course investigates how organisms develop from molecules, their structures and processes; how evolution of organisms leads to biodiversity; how their traits are inherited and vary; how organisms interact in ecosystem and energy flows in those ecosystems. Throughout the year in Biology there are many labs and projects. These labs correspond to the topic that are being presented at that time. Furthermore, students will communicate effectively through writing and speaking; create products that demonstrate mastery of the core curriculum, make the interdisciplinary connections to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate use of media and technology by creating brochures, summarizing science journal articles, and preparing Powerpoint presentations on various biology concepts.

(730) ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: AP
Prerequisites: Bio I
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the four big ideas of AP Biology, which include how the process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; how biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain homeostasis; how living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes; how biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties. Laboratory experience makes up a large portion of the course. Overall, the goal of this course is to challenge students, along with helping them build self confidence and preparing them for success in college.

(714) BIOLOGY II-Hon
Grade: 10
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Recommendation and 85 or higher in Biology
Length: Full Year

This course challenges students to continue their investigation of biology using a molecular approach and unifying themes such as the diversity of life, evolution, genetic continuity, and environmental studies. In Biology , labs are an integral part of the course. The labs correspond to the topics that are being covered at that time in the course. Furthermore, students will communicate effectively through writing and speaking, create products that demonstrate mastery of the core curricula, make interdisciplinary connections to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate use of media and technology by creating brochures, critiquing science websites or journals, and preparing Powerpoint presentations on various biology concepts.

(715) BIOLOGY II-Col
Grade: 10
Level: College
Prerequisite: Biology I
Length: Full Year

Biology II topics is a continuation of Biology I topics which include cells and their processes, biochemistry and genetics. New topics that will be covered will include environmental studies, human anatomy and physiology, and evolution. In anatomy and physiology, systems of the human body are analyzed. In ecology, the wide range of life on earth is studied and shown how that life is related. In evolution, the formation of biodiversity will be explored. Labs are an integral part of the course. The labs correspond to the topics that are being covered at that time in the course. Furthermore, students will communicate effectively through writing and speaking, create products that demonstrate mastery of the core curricula, make interdisciplinary connections to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate use of media and technology by creating brochures, summarizing science journal articles, and preparing Powerpoint presentations on various biology concepts.

(708) CHEMISTRY-Hon
Grade: 10 and 11
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra 1 and recommendation from teacher
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course challenges students to investigate the principles of chemistry using a mathematical and theoretical approach. Chemical calculations are involved in working out problems based on the atomic theory, gas behavior, chemical bonding, and ionization. Different types of solutions and their importance in chemistry are studied. Laboratory experiments are carried out to supplement the material being studied and also to give the student proficiency in laboratory techniques. This course serves for preparation of AP Chemistry, if students choose to take it.

(709) CHEMISTRY-Col
Grade: 10 and 11
Level: College
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra 1
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course attempts to give a general understanding of the whole field of chemistry with particular emphasis on the theories upon which chemistry is based. Chemical calculations are involved in working out problems based on the atomic theory, gas behavior, chemical bonding, and ionization. Different types of solutions and their importance in chemistry are studied. Laboratory experiments are carried out to supplement the material being studied and also to give the student proficiency in laboratory techniques.

(700) ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
Grade: 11 and 12
Level: AP
Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry
Length: Full Year
Elective

AP Chemistry covers the following general topics as outlined by the College Board: States of Matter, Structure of Matter, Reaction and Descriptive Chemistry. The laboratory piece of the class will encompass 5-10% of the total class time. The laboratory work as well as the academic material are meant to provide a challenge to the student and will be on the level of a first year college chemistry class. Students should expect to work independently as well as in collaborative groups to build problem solving skills that will help them in today’s technological world.

(731) ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Level: AP
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry is recommended
Length: Full Year
Elective

The course will begin with an introduction in which will include vocabulary provided in the summer packet and prefixes commonly used in the literature. Then there will be a review of water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles, food webs and chains, and biochemistry. We will be looking at sustainability, human populations and human impact on various components of the biosphere and energy use.

(702) ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-Hon
Grade: 11 and 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Biology
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course offers a comprehensive study of the human body and is intended for students interested in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy or nursing. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship between anatomy (structure and physiology (function) throughout the year. Students will be studying human body orientation, histology, the musculoskeletal system, integumentary system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, metabolism and exercise physiology. During the course various specimens will be dissected including a sheep heart and a cat, which has similar anatomy to man.

(701) ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-Col
Grade: 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Biology
Length: Full Year
Elective

This course offers a comprehensive study of the human body for students interested in a health science career. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship between anatomy (structure and physiology (function) throughout the year. Students will be studying human body orientation, histology, the musculoskeletal system, integumentary system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, metabolism and exercise physiology. During the course various specimens will be dissected including a sheep heart.

(796) CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT-Col
Grade: 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Biology I and Biology II
Length: ½ year
Elective

This course is designed to introduce students to child development, parenting and child care concepts from conception through adolescence. This college level course focuses on the physical, psycho-social and cognitive development of humans as well as the biological connections that makes this happen. Students partake in an internship component in which students will spend time at the Primary School and have the opportunity to observe/interact with preschool, kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade children.

(725) ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Length: Full year
Elective

This course offers an introduction into environmental science. Students study various aspects of the environmental realm. Topics include: biodiversity, population density, air, water and soil pollution to name a few. Students read literary components such as “The Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, and “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. In addition, students review governmental policies and view potential environmental careers.


(797) FORENSIC SCIENCE-Col
Grade: 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Bio I, Bio II, Chemistry
Length: ½ year
Elective

This class is designed to challenge students to work cooperatively in groups to apply their scientific knowledge to solve crimes. Forensic science incorporates all areas of science with an emphasis in complex reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, students must utilize their knowledge of technology, communication skills, art, mathematics and social studies. Students will be required to read, research, hypothesize, analyze, and use deductive reasoning to propose crime solutions.


(722) GENETICS-Col
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Bio
Length: ½ year
Elective

The class is designed to challenge students to investigate the principles of genetics. Students will relate meiosis to the origins of genetic variation. Students will also analyze Mendelian genetics through the use of Punnett Squares, test crosses, and pedigrees. Furthermore, Mendelism will be interconnected to chromosomal inheritance. DNA replication, transcription, and translation will be studied in great depth. Finally, DNA technology and genetic diseases will be researched.

(724) NUTRITION-Col
Grade: 10 - 12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Biology I
Length: ½ year
Elective

Nutrition- This is an introductory course in nutrition and cooking with specific objectives. The course reviews biological macro-molecules as well as these four topics: fundamentals of nutrition, maintenance of health through good nutrition, food-related illnesses and proper diet. Students will be given instruction in the importance of a safe, sanitized work area, safe and proper methods for food preparation, presentation, and storage.


(711) PHYSICAL SCIENCE-Col
Grade: 11, 12
Level: College
Prerequisites: Algebra I, 80 Average
Length: Full year
Elective

Physical Science is a course designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. During the length of this course, students will access, analyze, and understand the scientific method, motion, heat, forces, sound, waves, density, work, simple machines, and electricity. Students will also study atoms, elements, compounds, reactions, and mixtures through the use of the periodic table. The course will be concluded with a thorough analysis of energy and its uses along with alternative energy resources.

(712) PHYSICS-Hon
Grade: 12
Level: Honors
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Trigonometry
Length: Full year
Elective

This course challenges students to investigate the principles of physics using a mathematical and conceptual approach. Students will interpret the motion of forces and apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to everyday occurrences. Furthermore, students will relate conservation of energy to momentum, thermal energy to molecular motion, Simple Harmonic Motion to the earth-moon-sun system, work to simple machines, waves to sound and light, and Coulomb’s Law to electricity. Students will communicate effectively through writing and speaking, create products that demonstrate mastery of the core curricula, make interdisciplinary connections to expand their knowledge, and demonstrate use of media and technology by creating circuit boards, brochures, and Power Point presentations on various physics concepts. Labs are an integral part of this course.

(736) STEM ENGINEERING-Col
Grade: 11-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Algebra
Length: Full year
Elective

This course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real-world engineering problems. Through theory and practical hands-on experiences, students learn about working in teams along with mechanical, electrical, fluid, and pneumatic control systems. During the course students will collect and categorize data, produce graphic representations, keep an engineer's notebook and make written and oral presentations. Students learn the categories and properties of materials, how materials are shaped and joined, and material testing. Students will be introduced to linear and trajectory motion. In addition, forms of energy, energy conversion, cycles, efficiency and energy loss, and conservation techniques will also be covered.

(720)STEM VEX ROBOTICS-Col
Grade: 11-12
Level: College
Prerequisite: Algebra
Length: Full year
Elective

Students will walk through the design and build a mobile robot to play a sport-like game. During this process they will learn key STEM principles, and robotics concepts. At the culmination of this class, they will compete head-to-head against their peers in the classroom, and/or in the VEX Robotics Competition, the largest and fastest growing international robotics competition for middle and high school students. This modular and project-based course teaches the design process in an engaging, hands-on manner to help challenge, and motivate students. By moving through an actual engineering project, students will understand the relevance of what they are learning. The course is created to ensure that students with varying learning styles and levels can accomplish the lesson goals. No prior robotics experience is required; beginners are able to advance sequentially through the units to gradually increase their knowledge and skill level.

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