Science Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: three credits laboratory science required; four recommended

SC131 – Physics 9

This course presents major topics within the field of mechanics. It is mathematical in nature, but 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. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC132 – Accelerated Physics 9

This advanced level course presents major topics within the field of mechanics in great detail. It is extremely mathematical in nature and maintains a fast pace through topics. Extra emphasis will be placed on practical application of concepts, projects, as well as conceptual understanding throughout the year. 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.
Prerequisites: 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.

SC101 – Biology (Grades 10-12)

This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the life sciences. The course will emphasize 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.

SC201 – Chemistry (Grades 10-12)

Chemistry is a college preparatory lab course covering chemistry 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. This class is recommended for a student who has interest in going on in science in college but not necessarily majoring in science.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC221 – Accelerated Chemistry (Grades 10-12)

Accelerated Chemistry is a college preparatory lab course covering chemistry in greater depth and with greater mathematical sophistication than Chemistry (SC201). 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 interest in going on in science in college and, perhaps, majoring in science or a science-related field. Prerequisites: Grade of A in Algebra I. Students not following safety procedures may be administratively dropped from the class.

SC301 – Earth, Space and the Environment (Grades 10-12)

This course serves as a combined study of Earth Science and Environmental Science. The course emphasizes 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 in an effort to address current environmental issues. The main topics include geology, climate and weather, astronomy, and environmental science topics.

SC401 – Advanced Placement (AP) Biology

AP Biology is a capstone course that is taught at a college level where students can earn college credit if they do well on the AP exam. The concepts include cell chemistry, cell morphology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and population genetics. AP Biology is a fast-paced course that requires students to be selfmotivated 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 in the computer lab at school to complete assignments.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of high school Chemistry. AP Exam Fee (from 2019; may be higher in 2020): $94

SC411 – Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry (Grades 11-12)

AP Chemistry is a college level lab course covering 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. This course prepares students to take the College Board AP Chemistry exam. Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school Chemistry. AP Exam Fee (from 2019; may be higher in 2020): $94

SC421 – Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science (Grades 11-12)

AP Environmental Science is a college level course that 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 throughout the year 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. The book used is “Living in the Environment” 12th ed. By Miller ISBN# 0-534-37697-5.
Prerequisites: Consult with current science teacher. AP Exam Fee (from 2019; may be higher in 2020): $94

SC431 – Advanced Placement (AP) Physics (Grades 11-12)

AP Physics is a course taught at the college level to prepare students to take the Physics C: Mechanics exam. The skills learned will be reading and interpreting physical data, assessing and performing the steps needed to solve physical problems, using mathematical reasoning using calculus, and performing 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. AP Physics is a fast paced course that requires students to be self-motivated and willing to push themselves academically.
The book used is “College Physics, 7th ed.” by Serway and Faughn, ISBN#0-534-99723-6.
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 (from 2019; may be higher in 2020): $94

Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 10-12)

Human Anatomy and Physiology integrates classwork, 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 expose those students to the terminology and techniques that they will use in their post-secondary education.