First Year Courses
Anatomy and Physiology
Prerequisite:Biology and Chemistry
Anatomy and Physiology is a one-credit course offered which shall include 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:Algebra I and either IPC or Biology
Chemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and behaivor 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. Students acquire data by using their senses and instrumentation. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, data analysis and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials in the laboratory and field.
Earth and Space Science (ESS)
Prerequisite:3 years of science and three years of mathematics.
The third year of science and math can be taken concurrently with 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)
This 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 prespectives and pollution problems will be made. Field trips, laboratory experiences, group discussions, and other special activities will be planned.
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry, 2 credits of science
This course 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. Students acquire information using the senses and the instrumentation. Observations of the laws of force and motion, the nature of light, wave phenomena, and properties of electricity and magnetism are integral components of the course. Student investigations emphasize accurate observations, collection of data, analysis of data, and the safe manipulation of laboratory apparatus and materials.
Pre AP Physics
Prerequisite: Algebra I- H, Geometry H, and Algebra II-H, plus 2 credits of science and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2
This course is a two semester sequential 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 mathmetics in formulating physical principles and in problem solving, thus a strong math background is necessary.