Science

We think of all of our students as college bound students that plan on majoring in Science. Our intent is to assure that each and every student is 100% prepared for college when they leave our school.

Four credits of a lab science ARE required for graduation. Students often take an additional course as an elective.

Instructors

Courses

INTEGRATED SCIENCE 9

This course deals with various topics from the traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, earth science and biology. This is primarily a laboratory course. Topics include: electricity, magnetism, atoms, the periodic table, organic chemistry, weather, the solar system, evolution, heredity and reproduction.

INTEGRATED BIOLOGY I

This course is an in-depth study of life forms in the context of other scientific disciplines. Students learn the classification of all living things and how they are interrelated. This is primarily a laboratory course. Topics include: the cell, the fundamentals and chemical basis of genetics, DNA, and the structure of life.

CHEMISTRY

Students learn the composition and classification of matter. They learn how to predict and represent chemical reactions, and how to determine various quantities associated with chemical changes. Topics include: a review of the periodic table, balancing equations, and chemical bonding.

CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY

This course gives an overview of a variety of topics, some of which provide an excellent basis for Biology II and Anatomy I. It is designed to de-emphasize the mathematical aspects of chemistry, while accentuating the practical applications. It is primarily a hands-on course, making use of computers and sensors in lab when appropriate to the topic. Topics include: measurement, atomic structure, balancing equations, the periodic table, acids and bases, organic molecules, and beginning biochemistry. Chemistry Basics is recommended for the student who has difficulty with math and will be taking only one chemistry course.

HONORS CHEMISTRY

The Honors Chemistry course is intended to provide a solid foundation for success in AP Chemistry. The AP topics are those typically included in a first-year college chemistry course. Broadly speaking, these topics include the structure and states of matter as well as how matter interacts. The Honors course will deal with the basic essentials of this content, thereby allowing a deeper presentation of the more complex topics in the AP course in a subsequent year. These topics will be covered both descriptively and quantitatively.

PHYSICS

This course is a general introduction to the fundamental concepts of kinematics and dynamics of motion, forces, work and energy, thermodynamics, wave motion, optics, electricity and magnetism. This is primarily a laboratory course, using computerized analysis of sensor data and graphing calculators.

ANATOMY I

Students learn the biological systems of the human body. Their understanding is enhanced by laboratory comparisons with similar systems in other animal species, as well as with the use of computers and interactive probes. Students learn to name and identify different structures in other animal species, as well as with the use of computers and interactive probes. Students learn to name and identify different structures and muscles, and are introduced to all human anatomical systems. Topics include: the cell, cellular energy, DNA, tissue, the Integumentery system, skeletal and muscular structures, the respiratory system, nutrition and digestion. A microscopic camera is used to aid in the investigation of tissues and cell functions.

BIOLOGY II (Full Year)

This full year course covers, during the first semester, the same topics as the semester Biology II course listed below. In the second semester students perform advanced studies in bacteriology and botany. Students perform experiments with live plants and bacteria and use computers to gather and process data. Students also learn the basic skills needed to write a lab report.

ANATOMY II

This course is a continuation of Anatomy I providing a more detailed look at specific organs, functions, and systems. Topics include: the nervous, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the brain, the cardiovascular system, and blood. A substantial portion of class is devoted to laboratory comparisons of animal and human organs and systems. Computers, software, and probes are used to gather data and investigate human anatomical systems.

BIOLOGY II (Semester)

This course expands on the fundamental principles of Biology and focuses on genetics, the cell, plants, and bacteriology. This is primarily a laboratory course. This course includes computers and probes to perform experiments. Fruit flies are used in the genetics portion of the course.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Full Year)

This course focuses on the interaction of physical and biological systems in the environment. It helps students relate living organisms to the influences and pressures of their environment. Theoretical concepts and practical field experience are emphasized. Appropriate sensors are employed in lab work, along with computer analysis. Topics include: all the elements listed below in course 349 and the following: soils, water, and the dynamics of plant and animal populations and the communities they form.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (Semester)

This course offers an overview of human activities and their relationships to basic processes of ecosystems. Topics include: the flow of energy and materials through our biosphere, the problems created by human intervention within the ecosystem, agricultural technology and national and world policies that affect the environment. Theoretical concepts about the environment and practical field experience are stressed, implementing sensors and computers where appropriate. This is the first semester of course 348 listed above.

ZOOLOGY

This course will include topics involved in Molecular Biology and will cover the detailed study of the animal kingdom.  This course
will include the dissection of representative animals.  Topics include invertebrates which include protozoa, sponges, cnidarians,
flatworms, annelids, and arthropods.  The vertebrates will include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  There will be
numerous dissections involved.

DNA/GENETICS

Upper level biology course that studies DNA (Structure, Replication of DNA, Transcription(production of RNA), and
Translation(Protein Synthesis) as well as basic Genetics.  This course includes the Vocabulary, principles, and concepts concerning cell reproduction and basic genetics principles.  We will be breeding Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) to study the process of traits being passed from generation to generation.  We will also be conducting experiments involving DNA Electrophoresis.