Science


As the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) become critical in our culture and in the world, our high school science department strengthens their focus on developing students into scientifically literate individuals. Students learn how science, technology, and society influence each other. Emphasis is placed on the ability to interpret and use this knowledge in everyday living. The practices and theories of innovation, experimentation, and problem-solving are explored. Inquity and active learning are encouraged, based upon the fact that scientific knowledge is tentative and subject to change as evidence accumulates.

Modern Biology

The impact biology has on all aspects of life is presented with emphasis on connecting biological concepts throughout all living systems. Four major units cover matter and energy, structure and function, reproduction and inheritance, natural selection and evolution. Students in this course develop laboratory and study skills, critical and creative thinking, teamwork, and independent analysis. 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 1.

Chemistry

This course examines fundamental chemical concepts. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, acids and bases, redox reactions, along with nuclear and organic chemistry. Students are exposed to extensive laboratory investigations and activities. This course provides a sound basis for success in a college-level chemistry course. Prerequisite: SC100 Biology . 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 1.

Earth Science

Open to sophomores only. Intended for students not interested in a science major in college. Earth Science is a survey course that includes several natural science disciplines. Geology, properties of minerals, theory of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, astronomy, meteorology, map and graph interpretation are a few of the topics covered. Critical thinking and laboratory work is emphasized in this course. Students must meet rigorous lab requirements.. Prerequisite: SC100 Biology. 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 1.

Physics

A modern view of physics is presented featuring student-centered activities, modeling and demonstrations. Unifying themes and problem-solving skills are emphasized in the development of critical thinking. Lab activities are integral to the course. Prerequisite: Chemistry or Earth Science . 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 1.

Foundations in Physics

This course is open by invitation only to juniors who have completed the Earth Science course. A hands-on approach will be implemented as students investigate a relatively narrow range of topics. 1 year, 6 periods/ cycle, level 1.

Anatomy and Physiology (H)

This is an advanced level biology course that will emphasize the structure and function relationships between all of the different components of the human body. All of the major human body systems will be covered. There is an associated lab component to this course. Students must have completed their three year Science Sequence. 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 3.

AP Biology

AP Biology is the equivalent of a college level biology course. The major concepts and themes of biology are explored in great depth. Laboratory work is also emphasized. Students taking this course must be highly motivated and capable of performing a significant amount of independent study including required summer course work. A 90% average in science is strongly recommended. Must have successfully completed three-year science sequence: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. AP exam is required. $92.00 AP exam fee required. 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 4.

AP Chemistry

This course is the equivalent of a college level general chemistry course. Topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics are presented in considerable depth. Quantitative lab work, chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles are emphasized. A small amount of summer work is assigned. Prerequisite: Chemistry. For sophomores requesting AP Chemistry for their junior year it is suggested they have a 95% average in Chemistry. AP exam is required. $93.00 AP exam fee required. 1 year, 7 periods/cycle, level 4.

Environmental Studies

Fall Semester only. This course is an exploration into the connections between humans and the environment. A problem-solving, collaborative approach facilitates student understanding of complex issues including women’s influence on our world. Prerequisite: completion of three-year science sequence: Biology, Chemistry or Earth Science, and Physics. 1 semester, level 1.

Marine Science

Spring Semester only. Open to seniors, this class concentrates on marine biology (life in the ocean) and oceanography (physical characteristics of the ocean). Marine science is an interdisciplinary science, which includes biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Prerequisite: completion of three-year science sequence: Biology, Chemistry or Earth Science and Physics. 1 semester, level 1.

Principles of Engineering

Open to juniors and seniors. This course introduces students to the field of engineering. It provides an overview of the history of engineering, basic problem solving, and introductory engineering concepts. Exploration of numerous engineering disciplines and career opportunities will be included using hands-on experiences, teamwork, project-based instruction and peer review. 1 year, 4 periods/cycle, level 1.

Principles of Engineering II

This course introduces students to beginning college work in the field of engineering. It provides an overview of various design principles and introductory engineering concepts. Career opportunities in structural and electrical engineering will be explored further. Course will conclude with a final project in any engineering discipline of the student’s choosing. 1 year, 4 periods/cycle, level 1.