Medical Sciences Curriculum
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HONORS COMPUTER SCIENCE
2.5 Credits, Grades 10-12
Honors Computer Science is an introductory computer science course. It provides the foundational knowledge and skills that students will need to be successful in AP Computer Science A. Students will learn the basic structures of programming such as repetition statements, selection statements, and arrays. They will learn these basics through the creation of user-friendly and efficient programs using the Java programming language.
HONORS ALGEBRA 2
5 Credits, Grades 9-12
The Common Core State Standards and the eight Standards of Mathematical Practices drive this curriculum. Students will extend their knowledge of algebraic and statistical concepts by analyzing various relationships. Specifically, learners will study inverses and new function families: polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Students will also spend a significant portion of the year deepening their knowledge of probability and statistics. All levels of this course will study the aforementioned topics at a different pace; honors students will study at a higher depth of knowledge.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
5 Credits, Grade 9
Medical Sciences A.P. Biology provides an understanding of the unifying themes and fundamental concepts and principles of biology with an emphasis on inquiry and critical thinking skills including problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, and experimental investigations. Topics of study include molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. Laboratory work is an integral component of this introductory, accelerated course. Teaching strategies include in depth laboratory investigations, demonstrations, collaborative peer-to-peer discussions, and student hands-on experiences. Practical application of concepts to current trends in medicine and bioethics is also explored. Utilization of technology to conduct scientific investigations includes internet and online resources, spreadsheets, and presentation software, as well as the experimental apparatus of biology.
HONORS MATH II - PRE-CALCULUS
5 Credits, Grades 10-12
Pre-Calculus is the study of discrete topics in advanced algebra and trigonometry. Students will investigate theoretical, numerical, graphical, and spatial topics upon which to build their study of advanced mathematics. Pre-Calculus provides the background for mathematical concepts, problems, issues, and techniques that appear in the study of calculus, including but not limited to: functions, trigonometry, polynomials, complex numbers, matrices, series and sequences, limits and continuity, and derivatives. The use of technology is infused in this course to gather, analyze, and communicate mathematical information.
HONORS MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
5 Credits, Grade 12
This course is an introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include calculus of functions of several variables, double and triple integrals, line integrals, vector fields, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and the divergence theorem. Additionally, applications of these tools will be explored. Other topics include an introduction to linear algebra and matrix methods.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS
5 Credits, Grade 10
The Medical Sciences AP Statistics course will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, probability and simulation, and statistical inference. Students will use a TI-83/84 graphing calculator, Fathom and Minitab statistical software, and Web-based Java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analyses of real data. In addition to the preparation for the AP Exam, students will be required to complete research-based projects using the skills that they have acquired throughout the year.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY
5 Credits, Grade 10
The Medical Sciences AP Chemistry course contains the required units and prescribed laboratory experiences designed to build a content base equivalent to that attained in a typical college Chemistry course. Designed for the student who will likely take the Advanced Placement Test in Chemistry, this curriculum conforms to the prescribed course a delineated by the College Board. Frequent laboratory reports, in-depth analysis chemistry concepts, an overview of the topics studied will include: the structure of matter, the kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and the basic concepts of thermodynamics. Students will use computers, instrumentation, and techniques found in a college Chemistry laboratory course.
HONORS RESEARCH 2/STATISTICS
5 Credits, Grade 11
MS Honors Research 2/Statistics includes the incorporation of the scientific method, background research, laboratory techniques, ethics, writing skills, statistical analysis and data collection to produce a unique research project by each student enrolled in the course. The course builds upon the prior knowledge and skills obtained by the Juniors enrolled in the Medical Science Learning Center. The students use hands-on laboratory or survey techniques to complete their projects. The students communicate their findings with a formal research paper as well as a formal oral presentation at the Medical Science Research Symposium. At the conclusion of the symposium, the instructors will select papers to be submitted to the Monmouth Junior Science Symposium (MJSS). Those students will attend the MJSS and those chosen by MJSS will present their work. Along with the student presenters, the freshman and sophomore classes will attend the MJSS. Speakers will be invited from Centra State Medical Center to address the Junior class about research techniques and ethical issues in research.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B
5 Credits, Grade 12
The Medical Science AP Physics B course will begin with observations of objects in motion, focusing on multiple representations of motion, the mechanics of moving objects and using the scientific method to solve real world problems. As the course progresses, the students will gain an understanding that the same basic principles and models govern the motion of all objects. They will gain this understanding through the use of various laboratory activities involving scenarios and examples that demonstrate these principles. Students will also gain a practical understanding of the gravitational force between objects of mass; it is a universal force of attraction and that the force is proportional to the product of the masses and the proportionality of the distance follows an inverse square law. Along with these topics, students will also gain an understanding that energy takes many forms and is a property of many substances; it is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, sound, nuclei, and the nature chemicals. Students will explore these forms and come to understand that energy is transferred in many ways, is conserved in a closed system and can be grouped into types of energy that are associated with an object’s motion (kinetic energy), and types of energy associated with the object’s position and with energy fields (potential energy). Students will then explore the nature of waves and how their movement impacts us every day; including sound and seismic waves, waves on water, and light waves. Students will also come to have an understanding that waves have energy and can transfer energy when they interact with matter. During the study of charges, magnetic properties, and electromagnetism, students will gain an understanding of electromagnetic forces and how they affect matter and energy. Optics will also be studied and students will come to understand how we are able to see objects and will gain an understanding of the nature of light, its properties, and how it interacts with matter by transmission, absorption and scattering. Students’ understanding will be evaluated through methods such as pre- and post-test analysis, lab activities, projects, mid-term and final course assessment.
HONORS ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY WITH SENIOR EXTERNSHIP
5 Credits, Grade 12
Anatomy and Physiology students study the structure and function of the human body. The focus of Human Anatomy & Physiology is to develop an understanding of cells and organs and their relationship to the whole organism. The human body systems, including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive, integumentary, excretory, and endocrine are studied. A variety of instructional modalities will be available, which include laboratory activities such as the dissection of preserved specimens, virtual labs, the study of anatomical models, and microscopy. The CentraState Medical Center Externship includes multiple lecture series and clinical rotations providing the evaluation of current research, technology, and issues related to a variety of health fields.
HONORS BIOCHEMISTRY/CELL PHYSIOLOGY
5 Credits, Grade 11
Within the Biochemistry and Cell Physiology curriculum, students will learn all the major classifications of organic compounds, how they react and form the substance of living cells, and how disruption in function leads to disease. Students will understand medical research and interpret such information in terms of its significance upon modern biological theory and its application in clinical research. Students will engage in multimedia presentations summarizing the course work, laboratory experiments and projects, and both oral and written assessments.