Fall Semester Science Courses

Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is a semester long course that is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will explore the biopsychosocial influence on topics such as memory, learning, personality, sleep, human growth and development, motivation, stress, and abnormal behavior. The goal of this course is to challenge students to connect with and relate to the various psychological concepts in their daily lives. Students will be expected to read from a variety of sources each night in order to best participate in class discussions, activities, and projects throughout the duration of the semester. *Note: ONLY OPEN TO SENIORS. Students who plan to take AP Psychology should not enroll in this one-semester course. [Half credit.]

Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations

This course is designed for the student who has already completed any level of biology and is interested in advancing their understanding of the human body. The course material will cover the structure, organization, and functions of the human body systems. Anatomy and Physiology begins by reemphasizing the structure of the cell and basic metabolic reactions of the cell. Once the basics are covered, the course will progress to studying the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Anatomy and Physiology is a lecture and discussion-based course accompanied by laboratory activities and dissections. [Prerequisite: Biology. Half credit.]

Forensic Science: Ancient Cases with an Anthropology Focus

In this course, students will study and apply forensic science techniques to historical cases. Forensic science is predominately a lab class with an emphasis on solving problems using the skills learned in this class. During this semester long class, students will explore techniques used by forensic anthropologists to investigate evidence from ancient burials and crime scenes. The topics covered in this class will include: types of evidence (soil, bone, physical trauma, pollen and spores, blood, crime and accident reconstruction with a focus. on burial scenes, and computer modeling of facial reconstruction using skulls. Students will investigate ancient cases involving pharaohs, kings, the first gun shot in the Americas, presidents, czars, and stone-age cases. Grades will be based on presentations, lab reports, and quizzes. [Half credit.]

Introduction to Astronomy

The purpose of this course is to present a broad view of the field of Astronomy. Course topics will be organized with an “Earth-Out” approach and include foundations of astronomy, historical perspective, origin of the Solar System, properties of planets, near earth objects, life cycle and types of stars, galaxies, and the search for extraterrestrial life. There will be weekly hands-on labs, as well as sky-viewing opportunities throughout the semester. What’s going on in the sky tonight? Join the class and find out. [Prerequisite: Two years of lab science. Half credit]

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