Science

  • Chemistry  
     
    Note: Concurrent lab science enrollment requires departmental recommendation and principal approval for inclusion in the high school master schedule. Students should seek the guidance of their school counselor for detailed information regarding college entrance requirements. All course requests are subject to the master schedule requirements in each high school.
     
    5 Credits, Grade 9
    9th grade placement is determined by district placement criteria

    In Laboratory Biology, students will construct claims, collect evidence, and provide explanations of the biological phenomena. Through scientific inquiry, students will deepen their understanding of biology. Students will approach inquiry and experimentation as problem solvers with the ability to design experiments, collect and analyze data, and formulate conclusions based on evidence. They will have the opportunity to analyze and model life processes in order to justify possible solutions to problems. Students will interpret the structure and function of cells to discover the importance of maintaining balance within living systems. Students will also explore the importance of heredity and evolution for the continuation of species and discover the causes and impact of variation within species. Students will investigate how life on Earth equates to all organisms interacting with one another and the environment.
    CODE # 041040, 041150


    ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisites: Lab Biology and departmental recommendation with Lab Chemistry as a pre- or co-requisite.

    The AP Biology curriculum emphasizes critical and independent thinking in order to facilitate a “big picture” understanding of biology. This includes a considerable amount of studying, memorizing, and analyzing the structure and function of living organisms. The rigor of the course is equivalent to an entry-level college course, and students are expected to rise to the challenge of the College Board AP Biology exam. Students are expected to apply the content and make connections between the four “big ideas:” 1: The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life; 2: Biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain homeostasis; 3: Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes; 4: Biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties.
    CODE # 041250

    LAB CHEMISTRY - all levels
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisites: Biology (and for Honors, Algebra II as a pre- or co-requisite)

    Lab Chemistry encompasses the quantitative and qualitative study of matter and its changes. The course provides the skills, concepts, and knowledge necessary to answer extended thinking questions. Multiple strategies, technologies, and resources are utilized to transmit and transform information. Various methods are utilized to assess student knowledge and understanding of the material. Students will develop critical thinking skills through a combination of authentic laboratory experiences, problem solving, data collection, and strategic thinking. Students will learn how to utilize technology to analyze and present data. All learning styles are addressed through instructional methods and assessments that incorporate scientific reading, writing, and computation.
    CODE # 041640, 041750

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisites: Lab Chemistry and departmental recommendation. May be taken concurrently with Honors or Lab Physics.

    Advanced Placement Chemistry is the next step from Academic/Honors Chemistry for inquisitive students to cultivate a scientific mindset in the field of chemistry. Students will develop advanced inquiry, critical thinking, and reasoning skills by designing experiments, analyzing data, drawing conclusions and justifying those conclusions scientifically. Advanced Placement Chemistry provides extensive hands-on laboratory experience. This course further develops the interdisciplinary skills introduced in Academic/Honors Chemistry in which students must draw upon their reading, writing, and mathematical expertise to explore complex chemical concepts.
    CODE # 041850

    LAB PHYSICS - all levels
    5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisites: Biology, an additional lab science course, and departmental recommendation. 

    In Lab and Academic Physics, students will study the physical world around them, including kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, electrostatics, circuits, and waves. Students will analyze and model real physical systems and predict changes in order to engineer possible solutions to problems. Student will accomplish this through guided, cooperative, and independent inquiry-based activities in which they apply their conceptual understanding.
    CODE # 042220, 042240
     
     
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry

    The College Board provides this description: AP Physics I is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.
    CODE # 042350

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS II
    5 Credits, Grades 11-12
    Prerequisites: AP Physics I
    Corequisite: Pre-Calculus, Honors Pre-Calculus, or Calculus

    AP Physics II is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.
    CODE # 042450

    LAB EARTH SCIENCE
    5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Prerequisite: Placement determined by district placement criteria

    Laboratory Earth Science, a full year science course, enables the student to unlock the mysteries of the Earth, solar system, and universe. Course topics include Astronomy, Geology, Ecology, Oceanography, and Meteorology. The interaction between these disciplines and how they relate to the overall functioning of our planet is explored through lab experiments and use of technology. The Laboratory Earth Science Curriculum is constructed to address and reinforce the state standards. These are the foundation for the Laboratory Earth Science curricula and are integrated into each unit of study. Interdisciplinary learning in literacy and computation will be addressed while providing opportunities for differentiated learning styles.
    CODE # 042600

    LAB ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Biology and departmental recommendation

    Lab Environmental Science is a full-year course designed to assist the student in becoming more aware of the scientific principles governing the environment. It is designed to assist the student in developing and refining the ability to identify problems existing or emerging in the environment. Areas for consideration will include but are not limited to: air, water, soil and conservation issues. This course will help students to evaluate situations and to apply scientific knowledge and skills to make responsible decisions. These goals will be achieved through a systematic and coordinated application of classroom activities, laboratory experiences, and site visitations to local areas of interest..
    CODE # 042800

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    5 Credits, Grades 10-12
    Prerequisites: Lab Biology and departmental recommendation with Lab Chemistry as a pre- or co-requisite.

    The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.
    CODE # 042850

    LAB MARINE SCIENCE
    2.5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Two years of science and departmental recommendation

    Lab Marine Science is a half year elective course for 11th and 12th grade students. It is an exciting introduction to the diverse, and demanding world we call the sea. This course is for the student with an interest in the many aspects of the marine environment, and in developing the ability to identify the problems and possible solutions of our ocean habitat. Areas for consideration will be how humans are impacting oceans on a global scale, knowing the ocean world, marine organisms and their habitats, tides, waves, coasts, marine resources and concerns. The course includes lectures, projects, movies, discussions, case studies, experiments and if time and money permits field trips. This will be the beginning of a life-long interest with our marvelous yet daunting world we call the ocean.
    CODE # 04300X

    LAB FORENSIC SCIENCE
    2.5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Two years of science and departmental recommendation.

    This half-year laboratory course for juniors and seniors provides an introduction to the field of forensic science. The course of study includes the applications of forensic science concepts (which involves biology, chemistry, and physics) to analyze and investigate evidence that may be discovered in a criminal investigation. Classroom activities include: laboratory investigations and activities, research projects, famous case studies, lab practicums, career exploration, and the infusion of technology throughout the scope of the course.
    CODE # 04291X

    LAB ZOOLOGY
    2.5 Credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Two years of science and departmental recommendation. 

    Laboratory Zoology is a half-year science course designed for students interested in exploring the diversity of organisms in the animal kingdom. The course emphasizes the comparative anatomy and physiology of various invertebrates and vertebrates, and students learn through a combination of classroom activities, including dissection, hands-on experiments, projects and the integration of technology.
    CODE # 04290X