Science

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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.

Health

In this course, students study the areas of mental health, coping techniques, problem-solving, relationships, nutrition, substance abuse, body systems, consumer health, safety and emergency care, and communicable and noncommunicable diseases. The topic areas are examined through the perspectives of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. This course may be taken freshman or sophomore year and is required for graduation. 1 Semester. 4 Days/Cycle. Alpha. Level 1.

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. 6 Blocks/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. 5 Blocks/Cycle. Level 1.

Earth Science

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. Open to sophomores only. Prerequisite: Biology. 1 Year. 5 Blocks/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. 6 Blocks/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. 5 Blocks/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 through the study of the major human body systems. There is an associated lab component to this course. Students must have completed a three-year science sequence. 1 Year. 5 Blocks/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 the three-year science sequence: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. AP Exam fee required. 1 Year. 6 Blocks/Cycle. Level 4.


AP Chemistry

This course is the equivalent of a college level general chemistry course. It is a rigorous, demanding, time consuming, challenging course. In order to be successful you must be motivated, hardworking, dedicated, enjoy problem solving and thrive on challenge. Topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics are presented in considerable depth. Most of the course involves problem solving and extensive lab work. Formal lab reports are required. Several labs are inquiry labs which involve designing your own procedure, collecting/organizing data and analyzing results. A summer assignment is required. Prerequisite: Chemistry. For sophomores requesting AP Chemistry for their junior year, it is suggested they have at least a 95% average in Chemistry. AP Exam fee required. 1 Year. 6 Blocks/Cycle. Level 4.

Environmental Studies

Fall Semester only. Open to seniors, this course is an exploration into the role humans play in the environment. A problem-solving, collaborative approach facilitates student understanding of complex issues including women’s influence on our world. Prerequisite: Completion of a 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 a 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 Blocks/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. 5 Blocks/Cycle. Level 1.

Advanced Health

This is an advanced level Life Skills and Health Elective course open to juniors and seniors. Areas of study will include global current events, finance, relationships, mental health, resolving conflict, nutrition, medical care, and student based inquiry of topics. Students will be active learners in exploring current health. Applied knowledge of content will be an integral component. Prerequisite: Health (HE100). 1 Semester. 4 Days/Cycle. Alpha. Level 1.

Science Disasters

Open for juniors and seniors who want to learn more about natural and man-made disasters, providing a solid base in the geologic, astronomical, environmental and meteorological processes. The course will include discussion of major events in the geologic and historical record as well as future hazard potential assessing the risks humans face in different regions, including local hazards, our contribution to hazards, and how we can minimize and cope with future events. Students will be required to complete research projects, as well as group projects, test and quizzes. 1 Semester. 4 Blocks/Cycle. Alpha. Level 1.

Eco-Literacy

Juniors and seniors will examine the connective tissues between humans and our environment using an ecological approach to literature. Through an eco-critical lens reading of classic and contemporary texts, we will examine the environment of stories. How do writers reconcile the natural world with their cultural world? Students will research, discuss, write, and publish as they consider the ethics, consequences, inspirations, and possibilities presented by a variety of authors in a variety of literary genres. 1 Semester. 4 Blocks/Cycle. Alpha. Level 1.