Science

Middle School Courses

SC006 – Science 6

In sixth grade Science, students are engaged in hands-on inquiry based labs that focus on a wide range of science topics. Some of the areas of focus for the year are energy, scientific method, cells, organ systems, plants, water cycle, atmosphere, and science as a human endeavor. There is an emphasis on maintaining a science lab notebook, while supporting a safe lab environment during investigations.

SC001 – General Science 7

This course is designed to introduce concepts in life, Earth and space sciences setting a foundation for higher grades as well as foster an appreciation and respect for the world around us. The classes are steeped in hands-on inquiry-based activities. First semester consists of studies in populations of organisms in an ecosystem and the structure of the Earth. Second semester students explore Earth’s processes and systems and understand the relationship of the Earth and other objects in the solar system. Throughout the year students will continue to improve their understanding and skills related to scientific inquiry, scientific methods and the analysis of data.

SC011 – Physical Science 8

The 8th grade Physical Science course focuses on the basic understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristic of energy in order to introduce the basics of chemistry, physics and genetics. Students study how science is conducted and communicated. Students gain the bulk of their knowledge through student centered, inquiry based labs and projects, ranging from short mini-labs to more in-depth, multi-day investigations. Major areas of study include the organization and use of the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; Atomic Theory and nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion. The course aligns with both the Arizona State Standards and the National Science Education Standards.

High School Courses

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

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.
Pre-requisites: 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

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

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

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

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. Prerequisites: None

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 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

SC411 – Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry

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 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

SC421 – Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science

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: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry. AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

SC431 – Advanced Placement (AP) Physics

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 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94