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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

Physical World Concepts is a laboratory science that examines the interactions between matter and energy.  The course includes an introduction to Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.  The standards taught are for Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Light, Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Atomic and 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

Biology 1 is a laboratory science course that investigates the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems, the interdependence and interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the environment, and mechanisms that maintain continuity and lead to changes in populations over time.  The content standards for this course are Cells, Interdependence, Flow of Matter and Energy, Heredity, Biodiversity and Change.

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

Biology 1 is a laboratory science course with a challenging research format that investigates the relationship between structure and function from molecules to organisms and systems, the interdependence and interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the environment, and mechanisms that maintain continuity and lead to changes in populations over time.  The content standards for this course are Cells, Interdependence, Flow of Matter and Energy, Heredity, Biodiversity and Change.

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

Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes.  Students use science process skills to study fundamental structure of atoms, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and the interactions between matter and energy.  The content standards for this course are Atomic Structures, Matter and Energy, and Interactions of Matter.

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

Honors Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes.  Students use science process skills to study fundamental structure of atoms, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and the interactions between matter and energy.  The content standards for this course are Atomic Structures, Matter and Energy, and Interactions of Matter.  Students will be doing more in-depth research for the honors credit.

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

Physics is a laboratory science course that examines the relationship between matter and energy and how they interact. This course will have a strong emphasis in the mathematics of physics. Students explore physics concepts through an inquiry approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Technology & Engineering, and Mathematics are taught in the context of the content standards for Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Light and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism and Atomic & Nuclear Science.

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: Environmental Science
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

Environmental Science is a laboratory science course that enables students to develop an understanding of natural and man-made environments and environmental problems the world faces.  Embedded standards for Inquiry and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for Earth systems, the Living World, Human Populations, Water and Land, Global Change, and Civic Responsibility. 

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