Science Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: three credits laboratory science required (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology); four recommended.  Students in 10th-12th grade may double up on sciences with instructor approval.

Biology

SC 1031 Biology (Grades 10-11)

This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the life sciences, emphasizing the ecological connections that run throughout biology and relate them to all the major aspects of the discipline. The course is broken into 4 quarter units: Ecology, Cells and Cell Processes, Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes and Plants, and Animals and Animal Systems.
Prerequisite: None. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC 1232 AP Biology (Grades 10-12)

This course is taught at a college level and includes the study of cell chemistry, cell morphology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and population genetics. AP Biology is a fast-paced course that requires students to be self-motivated and willing to push themselves academically. The book used is an e-textbook so students are expected to have internet access at home or spend extra time at school to complete assignments. As in all AP courses, students are expected to be well-disciplined in studying and time-management, have excellent reading and writing skills and be able to work at a fast pace dealing with complex topics. College credit can be earned if a student does well on the AP exam.
Prerequisite: None. Biology not required prior to taking AP Biology. Teacher recommendation required. AP Exam Fee: $94.

SC 1132 Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 11-12)

This course integrates class work, laboratory experiences, and dissections to present the human as a marvel of biological engineering. The topics discussed will include tissue studies and a systematic study of the human form (bones, muscles, nerves, circulation, digestion, respiration, endocrinology, reproduction, and excretion). Students will understand the functions of a variety of body systems and organs. This course is designed to expose students heading into various healthcare-related fields to the knowledge and skills of the field; it is intended to introduce the terminology and techniques that they will use in their post-secondary education.

Chemistry

SC 1051 Chemistry (Grades 10-11)

Chemistry is a college preparatory lab course including a moderate amount of math. The course covers atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical naming, chemical periodicity, solutions, thermodynamics, bonding, organic chemistry, acids/bases, and nuclear chemistry.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC 1052 Accelerated Chemistry (Grades 10-11)

This college preparatory lab course covers chemistry in greater depth and with greater mathematical sophistication than Chemistry. The course covers atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical naming, chemical periodicity, solutions, thermodynamics, bonding, organic chemistry, acids/bases, and nuclear chemistry. This class is recommended for a student who has an interest in going on in science in college and, perhaps, majoring in science or a science-related field.
Prerequisite: Grade of A in Algebra I. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC 1252 AP Chemistry (Grades 11-12)

This college-level lab course covers the same topics as Chemistry I in greater depth, with the added topics of thermodynamics, equilibrium, nuclear chemistry and a basic introduction to organic topics. As in all AP courses, students are expected to be well-disciplined in studying and time-management, have excellent reading and writing skills and be able to work at a fast pace dealing with complex topics. College credit can be earned if a student does well on the AP exam.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school Chemistry. AP Exam Fee: $94

Earth & Environmental Science

SC 1171 Earth, Space and the Environment (Grades 11-12)

This course serves as a combined study of Earth Science and Environmental Science, emphasizing the dynamic processes that shape the earth and how these processes influence life on the earth. The lectures, reading assignments, and lab experiments strive to encapsulate elements of biology, chemistry, and earth science to address current environmental issues. The main topics include geology, climate and weather, astronomy, and environmental science topics.

SC 1272 AP Environmental Science (Grades 11-12)

This college-level course encapsulates elements of biology, chemistry, and earth science. In an effort to address current environmental issues, students will take at least 5 mandatory field trips to reinforce classroom learning and current events. This course can be broken into approximately five units: Ecosystems and How They Work, The Human Population, Renewable Versus Nonrenewable Resources, Energy, Pollution and Prevention, and Working Towards a Sustainable Future. As in all AP courses, students are expected to be well-disciplined in studying and time-management, have excellent reading and writing skills and be able to work at a fast pace dealing with complex topics. College credit can be earned if a student does well on the AP exam.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.AP Exam Fee: $94

Physics

SC 0911 Physics 9

Mathematical in nature, this course presents major topics within the field of mechanics. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding and practical application. This course is taught through a discovery-oriented curriculum and as such lab work will play a major role in the learning process.

SC 912 Accelerated Physics 9

This advanced-level course presents major topics within the field of mechanics. It is extremely mathematical in nature and maintains a fast pace through topics. Extra emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, projects, as well as conceptual understanding. Students successful in this course will be well equipped as critical thinkers in any science field as labs play a major role in the learning process.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry or special placement by 8th-grade science instructor. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC 1212 AP Physics (Grades 11-12)

Taught at the college level, this course prepares students to take the Physics C: Mechanics exam. Students will learn to read and interpret physical data, assess and perform the steps needed to solve physical problems, use mathematical reasoning using calculus, and perform experiments. The course will cover kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, systems of particles, linear momentum, circular motion, rotation, oscillations, and gravitation. As in all AP courses, students are expected to be well-disciplined in studying and time management, have excellent reading and writing skills and be able to work at a fast pace dealing with complex topics. College credit can be earned if a student does well on the AP exam.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics or Accelerated Physics Corequisite: AP Calculus (at least AB level) must be taken either prior to or concurrent with enrollment in AP Physics.AP Exam Fee: $94