Science Courses

Course: Physical Science
Grades: 9, 10
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This is an introductory course to the fields of chemistry and physics. The major emphasis is on the practical uses of chemistry and physics in everyday life.

Course: Physical World Concepts
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This class is a designed to investigate the interactions between matter and energy. Students will explore the physics concepts through an integrated science problem solving and algebra based mathematics. This course should be selected by students who have mastered physical science concepts and algebra I concepts. This is a challenging course with laboratory experiences. Topics to be covered will include the laws and properties of mechanics, the principles and laws of thermodynamics, wave behavior related to sound and light, force and energy concepts related to the interplay between magnetic fields and the generation of electricity, and particle physics in nuclear science.

Course: Honors Physical World Concepts
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Algebra I
1 Term, 1 Credit

Same as the above class except this course is more in-depth and moves at a faster pace.

Course: Biology
Grades: 10, 11
Prerequisites: Physical Science or Physical World Concepts
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course will emphasize the Tennessee standards which include the following topics: cells, interaction, photosynthesis, respiration, genetics and biotechnology, and diversity and biological evolution. Scientific method will be used in all laboratory activities. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: Honors Biology
Grade: 10
Prerequisites: Physical World Concepts
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is a more challenging course that will cover the Tennessee biology standards including concepts of cell biochemistry, cell processes, heredity, natural selection, environmental issues and diversity. There is an emphasis on critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities. To earn three extra points added to the course average, students will have assessments beyond those required in a non-honors course. These additional multiple assessments will include such things as open-ended investigations, research based writing assignments, integration of technology, problem solving with an emphasis on critical thinking and one science related novel. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: Aquatic Biology
Grade: 12
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry I
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course offers the student a study of freshwater and marine ecosystems. The topics covered include water quality, habitats, organisms, and environmental problems, both man-made and natural.

Course: Chemistry I
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra 1
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course explores the properties of matter and energy, and involves the concepts that include: stoichiometry, gas laws, atomic theory, chemical reactions, periodic table, acid and bases and solutions. Math skills are important for success in this course. State standards are followed.

Course: Honors Chemistry I
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Biology, Geometry
1 Term, 1 Credit

This is a challenging course for students with a high interest in science. This course is designed to explore chemistry in greater depth than in a non-honors course. It is a college preparatory course where math processes are stressed. There will be an emphasis on the atomic theory, chemical families, chemical bonding models, molecular composition and structure, formula and equation writing, equilibrium and energy relationships. To earn three extra points added to the course average, students will have assessments beyond those required in a non-honors course. These additional multiple assessments will include such things as performance-based tasks, critical thinking exercises and inquiry labs, integration of technology, and authentic products (multi-media, electronic or print).

Course: AP/Honors Chemistry II
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry I 
2 Terms, 2 Credits

Honors Chemistry II is a continuation of Honors Chemistry I, but it investigates in greater depth the fundamental makeup of matter, the interactions of matter and the energy of such interactions. Students will extend their investigation of atomic theory, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry and kinetic molecular theory explanations of solid, liquid, gas and solution phenomena. Other topics include types of reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium phenomena, kinetics and thermodynamics of chemical reactions. To earn three extra points added to the course average, students will have assessments beyond those required in a non-honors course. These additional multiple assessments will include such things as real world projects, open-ended investigations, a variety of writing assignments, integration of technology and problem solving with an emphasis on critical thinking. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.

Course: Physics
Grade: 11, 12
Pre-Requisites: Algebra II and/or Teacher Recommendation
1 Term, 1 Credit

Classical Physics taught from a practical perspective. The course emphasizes the applications of physics and mathematics concepts and investigates a wide range of classical physics topics: mechanics, electricity, optics, waves, etc. It will also assist with the interdisciplinary projects associated with the Engineering Academy but is not limited to Engineering Academy students.

Course: Honors Physics
Grade: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Honors Pre-Calculus
1 Term, 1 Credit

AP Physics guidelines are followed as provided by College Board, however, the topics listed on the AP guidelines cannot be covered in one semester. In other words, AP depth will be taught, but this course will not cover the scope of AP Physics. Students will use various experiences from reading to lab work to problem solving in order to learn about Physics. A strong mathematical background is important for success in this course. The goal of this course is to prepare college bound students by providing a solid background in classical physics and will include some modern physics concepts, as well.

Course: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Grade: 12
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry I 
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is a very challenging senior science course. There is an in-depth study of the human body with emphasis placed on the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems. Lab dissection involves the cat and comparison of the anatomy of the cat with the human. There is extensive time in lab studying tissues, muscles, and bones.