SCIENCE COURSES

ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY 1, 2 All Academies

This is an advanced elective biology course designed for students who are interested in any medical related field, veterinary medicine, or physical education. Course work places emphasis on the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Dissection of a rat will play an integral role in the class. Highly recommended to take class prior to AP Biology or concurrently. (Recommended prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry)


AP BIOLOGY All Academies

This course will prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Examination in Biology. Textbooks and laboratory sessions are designed to cover the range and depth of college level Biology and will provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to react critically in scientific procedures relevant to Biology, inclusive of: Molecules and Cells; Heredity and Evolution; and Organisms and Populations. Students will study scientific process, inquiry, and recognition of unifying themes, critical analysis and practical applications in laboratory settings. Critical, evaluative analysis both in writing and research assignments will be based on information and formats delegated by the College Board. (Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of Honors Biology and Chemistry)


AP CHEMISTRY All Academies

This course will prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Examination in Chemistry. Textbooks and laboratory sessions are designed to cover the range and depth of college level Chemistry and will provide students with the conceptual frame work, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to react critically and express ideas, both oral and written with clarity and logic in terms of scientific procedures relevant to Chemistry inclusive of: the structure of matter; kinetic theory of gases; chemical equilibrium; chemical kinetics; and, the basic concepts of thermodynamics. The AP Chemistry course includes topics that emphasize chemical calculations and mathematical formulation of principles and laboratory procedures. (Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of Chemistry and Algebra 1)


AP PHYSICS All Academies

This course will prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Examination, Physics B, and provide a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics emphasizing the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry. Students will utilize the basic ideas of calculus as an introduction to the theoretical development of physical concepts such as acceleration and work. Course work will include: Newtonian Mechanics; Thermal Physics; Electricity and Magnetism; Waves and Optics; and, Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Students will also study topics relative to fluids and/or special relativity. (Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of Honors Physics or AP Chemistry and Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry)


AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE All Academies

This class is designed to give students an in-depth look at various facets of the earth. Students will study and provide solutions for environmental problems. Requirements and activities include field study, lab data testing, analysis, research and experimentation design in a variety of experiential settings, and formats. Students will be provided the concepts and methodologies needed to understand the complex interrelationships of the natural world. The goal of the course is to have students identify and analyze environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolution and/or prevention. AP Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course, which incorporates science, economics, geography, and math. This course will contribute to the development of clear, analytical, critical thinking. Students will be expected to fulfill a reading assignment prior to the first class session. (Recommended prerequisite: C or better in Biology or Chemistry)


ASTRONOMY All Academies

What makes a star shine? For how long will the Sun keep shining? What are black holes and how can they form? What makes Earth such a special planet? Astronomy course will provide answers to these questions and more. This course will apply concepts of math, science and technology while studying celestial bodies. Students will be introduced to the universe, its motions and laws the govern it. There are 4 major ideas emphasized in this course: Measurements: units of measurement, size of the universe Stars: stars formation, stars’ life and stars’ death Solar system: Terrestrial, Jovian planets and their moons, our star the sun. Modern astronomical instruments: Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Recommended prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of science)


BIOLOGY 1. 2


This is a year-long, freshmen level, activity based, laboratory course. The course investigates the essential and core content expectations for biology. Topics include organization and development of living systems, interdependence of living systems and the environment, genetics, and evolution and biodiversity.


CHEMISTRY 1, 2 All Academies


This is a one-year lab based course offered as a two-semester sequence. The course investigates the essential and core content expectations for chemistry. Topics include forms of energy, energy transfer and conservation, properties of matter and changes in matter.


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (FHS) All Academies

Environmental Science is a year-long course designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the application of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. During this first semester of environmental science, students will focus on human population growth, natural resources, and ecosystem dynamics. The aim of this course to increase students knowledge of the environmental challenges of today, while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.


FORENSIC SCIENCE 1, 2 Academy of Human Services

This is a lab-based class offered to students who have successfully completed two years of science. Students must understand and practice proper laboratory techniques. First semester course work will include an overview of forensic science, crime scene investigation, fingerprint analysis, document analysis, blood analysis, hair and fiber analysis, and ballistics. Students will also be required to do research and prepare a powerpoint presentation on a career in forensic science. Second semester course work will include an overview of the crime lab, glass analysis, impressions and prints, DNA, toxicology, anthropology, entomology, soil analysis, explosives and arson, and death and decomposition. Students will also be required to do research and prepare a powerpoint presentation on a high profile criminal case that was solved using forensic science techniques learned in class (Recommended prerequisites: successful completion of two years of science, preferably Biology and Chemistry)


HONORS BIOLOGY 1, 2

This is a year-long, freshmen level, activity based, intensive laboratory course. The course investigates the essential, core and recommended content expectations for biology. It is intended for college preparatory students who plan on entering a science or technical field of study in college. Topics include organization and development of living systems, interdependence of living systems and the environment, genetics, and evolution and biodiversity.


HONORS CHEMISTRY 1, 2 All Academies

This is a one-year intensive lab based course offered as a two-semester sequence. The course investigates the essential, core and recommended content expectations for chemistry. It is intended for college preparatory students who plan on entering a science or technical field of study in college. Topics include forms of energy, energy transfer and conservation, properties of matter and changes in matter. (Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry and concurrent selection of Algebra 2)


HONORS PHYSICS 1, 2 All Academies

This is a one-year intensive course offered as a two-semester sequence. The course investigates the essential, core and recommended content expectations for physics. It is intended for college preparatory students who plan on entering a science or technical field of study in college. Topics motion of objects, forces and motion, and forms of energy and energy


PHYSICS 1, 2 All Academies

This is a one-year course offered as a two-semester sequence. The course investigates the essential and core content expectations for physics. Topics include motion of objects, forces and motion, and forms or energy and energy transformations.


transformations. (Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of Geometry and completion or concurrent selection of Algebra 2)