Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems includes laboratory investigation and fieldwork using appropriate scientific inquiry. This hands-on course is a survey of the structures and functions of the human body and integrates the physics and chemistry concepts found in the body systems. In this course the student will investigate the body’s responses to forces, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy processes.
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
What's next? Medical Science or Clinical Rotation or science choice
Biology H/PreAP (first year)
The Biology H/PreAP course offers students an in-depth study and observation of living organisms in the environment, prepared specimens, various ecosystems, and inherited traits. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the field and the laboratory. Students will complete an independent research project.
What's next? Chemistry or Chemistry – H/PreAP
Biology-AP is a two-hour course designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college-level course. Biology AP is the study of general biological principles as well as the more specialized biological sciences. Cytology, biochemistry, developmental biology, genetics, ecology, and various aspects of adaptation are integrated within the course. Relationships and applications of concepts within and among the various sciences are explored. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of the course. This course prepares students for the Biology Advanced Placement exam.
Prerequisite: Biology , Chemistry
Chemistry (first year)
Chemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and behavior of matter. The course of study emphasizes the investigation of matter, its interactions, and the factors affecting the interactions. Chemistry is a laboratory-oriented course that stresses the observation of matter and its behavior, classification of matter, communication of data, measurement of chemical quantities, prediction of chemical phenomena, and manipulation of chemical investigations.
Prerequisite: Algebra I credit required and completion of Biology or IPC
What's next? Biology AP or Physics or PhysicsH/PreAP or Chemistry AP
Chemistry AP (second year)
Chemistry-AP is a second year, two-hour course designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college-level course. In Chemistry AP, study focuses on matter, its interactions, and energy of matter. Some topics included are thermochemistry, chemical bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Laboratory investigation is an integral part of the course. This course prepares students to take the Chemistry Advanced Placement exam.
Prerequisite: Chemistry, Biology
Earth and Space Science
Earth and Space Science is based on Earth's system in space and time. The approach has three themes of Earth in space and time, solid Earth, and fluid Earth. In each theme are included the strands of systems, energy and relevance. Natural and human events and their effect on Earth's systems will be studied within the context of the three themes and strands
Prerequisite: 2 credits of high school science (Biology and IPC or Chemistry)
Engineering Science (PLTW)
This course is part of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW.org) preengineering sequence. Applying the principles of physics to various technology systems and manufacturing processes helps students learn how engineers and technicians use science, technology, and math in an engineering problem solving process. Topics covered include: mechanisms and mechanical advantage, static forces and bridge design, material properties, energy and power generation, thermodynamics, kinematics, fluid power, and creation of C language programs for robotics and machine control. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will receive science credit.
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment and Chemistry or concurrent enrollment is required. Successful completion of Intro to Engineering Design (IED) is recommended.
Environmental Science AP
The Environmental Science AP course is interdisciplinary and will provide students with 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 and/or preventing them. This course prepares the student to take Advanced Placement exam.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Biology and Chemistry
The Environmental Systems course will focus on the study of the environment with emphasis on ecology and natural resources. The current energy situation will be studied, and recycling of natural resources will be evaluated. Emphasis on people and society, including cultural perspectives and pollution problems will be made. Field trips, laboratory experiences, group discussions, and other special activities will be planned.
Prerequisite: 2 credits of high school science (Biology and IPC or Chemistry)
Food Science is the study of the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, the principles underlying food processing and the improvement of foods for the consuming public. Food Science students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Successful completion of both semesters of this course will satisfy a science credit.
Prerequisite: Biology and IPC or Chemistry
What's next? Culinary Arts
Honors Scientific Research and Design
Students will explore science and become acquainted with the scientific community, improve fundamental research skills, apply statistical analysis, and enhance oral and visual presentation techniques. Each student will be required to develop his/her own independent science research project and will learn how to structure, organize, publish, and present the project in one or more formal presentations to a panel of judges. It is required that all student independent research projects be judged.
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor through application, one credit of biology or Biology Honors/PreAP, concurrent enrollment in honors science
Integrated Physics & Chemistry
IPC integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in topics such as: motion, waves, energy, transformations, properties of matter, changes in matter, and solution chemistry. Laboratory investigation will be a primary focus in instruction. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the laboratory. This course must be taken prior to chemistry or physics.
What's next? 3rd science choice
Physics (first year)
Physics I is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. Students are introduced to fundamental concepts in the areas of mechanics, light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear phenomena. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, analysis of data, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry, 2 credits of science
What's next? Physics 1-2 AP, Physics C AP, Chemistry AP, Biology AP, Environmental Science AP, or science choice
Physics Honors/PreAP (first year)
Physics H/PreAP is the study of physical principles, which govern the behavior of matter. It includes mechanics, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, electromagnetic radiation, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. In introducing fundamental physical concepts emphasis will be placed on the use of mathematics in formulating physical principles and in problem solving; thus a strong math background is necessary. Students will complete an independent research project.
Prerequisite: 2 credits of science, concurrent enrollment in Algebra II
What's next? Physics 1-2 AP, Physics C AP, Chemistry AP, Biology AP, Environmental Science AP, or 4 th year of science
Physics I AP (Second year)
Physics 1 AP is the first semester course of a yearlong course that provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem solving using algebra and trigonometry. Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and simple circuits. The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. This course prepares the student to take the Physics 1 advanced Placement exam. Students who have completed this course, may not enroll in either Physics C Mechanics AP or Physics C Electricity and Magnetism AP.
Prerequisite: Physics and an uninterrupted mathematics program