Yearlong Science Courses

Biology I

The Biology I course is a lecture based class designed to give the student an introduction to the major concepts of Biology. The material is categorized into larger units to emphasize the connections between topics. First semester material focU.S.es on the major principles of life and is divided into the units of; the Nature of Science, the Biosphere, The Cell, Cellular Activity, and Cellular Reproduction. Second semester builds off the first semester and introduces the students to Genetics, Evolution, the History of Life, Classification and the Human Body. Labs, hands-on activities, and projects will also be performed throughout the course to enhance the lessons and give the students the opportunity to apply the material. The student can expect a fair amount of reading with consistent reinforcement of the readings in class. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have a better appreciation of the natural world around them and be prepared for any intro level biology course in college if he/she chooses to take that route. [Prerequisites: Physics I One credit.]


Advanced Biology

Advanced Biology is designed for the more aggressive student willing to go above and beyond the general understanding of the major topics of Biology. In Advanced Biology the students will be introduced to the same topics of Biology 1: scientific method of thinking and exploring the natural world, the compounds and traits of living organisms, the cell structures and cycles, cell metabolism, DNA structure and replication, protein synthesis, inheritance, life development, evolution, ethics, organ systems, characteristics of populations and ecology. Laboratory experiments and activities will be performed to enhance the lessons and challenge the students’ understanding of the material. The students can expect a large amount of reading, which will be built upon in lectures. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a firm understanding of the concepts and know the material that will be covered in any intro level biology courses in college. This course is recommended for students who have earned a B or higher in their Chemistry class. [Prerequisites: previous or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry and departmental approval. One credit.]

AP Biology

AP Biology gives students an advanced conceptual framework for modern biology and introduces science as a process rather than the accumulation of facts. Student-moderated discussion, group and individual activity and extensive laboratory work integrate several major themes, including evolution, energy transfer, cell biology, biochemistry, and the relationship of structure to function. This course emphasizes the application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to understanding and developing ideas relating to societal issues and environmental issues dealing with biology. Students who commit to this course will be expected to have basic knowledge of cells and cell structures, macromolecules and chemical bonds, principle of inheritance, and energy transfer. Students will have guided reading to ensure they have this base knowledge in place before the first day of class. This course is recommended for students who have demonstrated superior diligence and analytical skills in prior science courses. [Prerequisites: Chemistry and Biology or departmental approval. One credit.]

Chemistry I

Chemistry I is an introductory course that studies the principles that determine the behavior of matter. It provides a lifelong awareness of both the potential and limitations of science and technology. Topics covered will be molecular bonding and structure, the mole, stoichiometry, solids, liquids and gases, the periodic chart, acids, and bases. Students engage in numerous laboratory investigations, problem-solving exercises, and group activities. [Prerequisite: Physics I. One credit.]

Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Chemistry is an introductory course that examines the same topics as in Chemistry I, but with more rigor and greater depth. Topics covered will be molecular bonding and structure, the mol, stoichiometry, solids, liquids and gases, the periodic chart, acids, bases, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Each student will develop independent thinking skills by applying the concepts learned in class to a variety of rigorous chemistry problems, both qualitative and quantitative. Numerous laboratory activities will build upon the ideas discussed in class. This course is recommended for students who have demonstrated strong mathematical and analytical skills in prior courses and who have earned a B+ or higher in Physics. Students who have already taken Chemistry I should not enroll. [Prerequisite: Physics I. One credit.]

AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry offers a theoretical understanding of chemical reactions through an examination of molecular structure and rearrangement. Through numerous laboratory investigations, students gain a theoretical understanding of chemical reactions by studying calculations with chemical formulas, aqueous reactions, atomic structure, periodic properties of elements, chemical bonding, phases of matter, kinetics, equilibria, acid-base reactions, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. This course is recommended for students who have demonstrated excellent analytical and mathematical skills and who earned a B+ or higher in Advanced Chemistry or an A- or higher in Chemistry I. [Prerequisite: Chemistry or Advanced Chemistry or departmental approval. One credit.]

AP Environmental Science

This course is a college-level environmental science course with extensive lab work that also U.S.es fieldwork and projects as an integral part of many of the units of study. The interrelationships between physical and biological systems are stressed throughout the course. Topics of study include energy, ecology, biodiversity, resource management, environmental pollution, population studies, global changes and consequences, environmental trade-offs and decision making. A summer reading list is a required part of this course. This course is recommended for students who have taken biology and chemistry and have earned a B or higher in these classes. [Prerequisite: Two lab classes. One credit.]

Physics I

This course is an introductory course for freshmen only that emphasizes a conceptual understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the universe. The students will explore motion, forces, energy, gravity, waves, optics, circuits, magnetism, and modern physics. The application of various. skills and techniques learned in Algebra I and Geometry will be reinforced. Frequent laboratory activities and investigations will allow the students to comprehend abstract concepts better and to improve their analytical skills. This course is for 9th grade students. [One credit.]

Advanced Physics

Advanced Physics is an introductory course that investigates the fundamental principles of our universe with an emphasis on a conceptual understanding as well as a quantitative one. Students will be working regularly in the lab and will be expected to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to real-world situations. The topics covered will be linear motion, forces, energy, momentum, rotational motion and mechanics, pressure, waves, sound, optics, and electricity. This course is recommended for students who have earned a B- or higher in their previous math class. Students who have taken Physics I should not enroll. [Prerequisite: Algebra II. One credit.]

AP Physics C

This course delves deeply into the kinematics and dynamics of translational, rotational, and simple harmonic motion. This class is equivalent to a semester-long, college-level introductory physics course for scientists and engineers. The concepts of force, mass, acceleration, energy, and momentum will be thoroughly investigated. Other topics will include electric and magnetic fields, circuits, and optics. This course is recommended for students who have earned an A- or higher in their previous math class. [Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB or BC (including concurrent enrollment). One credit.]

Principles of Engineering

This year-long curriculum focuses on the relevant application of science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) concepts to electrical, mechanical, environmental and biomedical engineering. Students will discover how modern engineers design and build new technologies using math and science, together with their ingenuity. Students will learn and apply the engineering design process during hands-on activities and projects. In addition, they will utilize critical thinking skills to design solutions to real-world problems. Techniques involving brainstorming, reverse engineering, and research will also be applied during this process. Students will maintain and present an engineering notebook that includes ideas, drawings, images, experimental results, and other pertinent information pertaining to engineering design projects. This class is open to seniors who meet the requirements and juniors with departmental approval. This course is recommended for students who have earned a B or higher in Algebra II, Chemistry and Physics. [Prerequisites: Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics. One credit.]

Biochemistry Research using Chromatographic Methods I

This class U.S.es various. chromatographic methods to identify the components of complex mixtures by differential movement through a two-phase system, in which the movement is effected by a flow of a liquid or a gas (mobile phase) and percolates through a second adsorbent phase (stationery phase), or a second liquid phase. Students will prepare the samples themselves and collect and analyze the data using instruments such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC) and thin layer chromatography (TLC). This class is in conjunction with Kraft Heinz Company and is open to committed and motivated seniors and juniors with approval. Qualified students should have earned a B or higher in their Chemistry class. [Prerequisite: Chemistry. One credit.]


Biochemistry Research using Chromatographic Methods II

This class is a continuation of Biochemistry research using chromatographic methods. The student who has taken year one will continue their research using chromatographic and other methods, depending on the research project that they are performing. Students will prepare the samples themselves and collect and analyze the data using instruments such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC) and high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC). This class is open to committed and motivated seniors who have taken the first year biochemistry class. [Prerequisite: Biochemistry Research Using Chromatographic Methods I. [One credit.]

AP Psychology

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. It deepens the exploration into the human psyche and human behavior through the exploration of the history and varied approaches within psychology, brain function, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, human development and learning acquisition, motivation and emotion, cognition, testing and individual differences, personality theory, abnormal behavior and treatment, and social psychology. The content covered in this course fulfills the College Board’s requirements for AP Psychology. The course will include a variety of assessments including student-led discussions, traditional tests, projects, papers, and presentations. [Prerequisite: none. One credit.]

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