"Today's students are visual learners, fluent in technology, who can manipulate digital data easily. The design of our science labs takes that into consideration. How better to learn than through discovery?"

— Barb Brown, Department Chair, Science

Science

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  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Summer Biology
  • AP Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Summer Chemistry
  • Introduction to Engineering

 

  • AP Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP Physics
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Engineering

SCI 101 - Physical Science

Physical Science is a two semester course designed for most incoming freshmen. It reinforces and reviews a student's elementary science education, then shifts the focus of attention to more complex scientific principles and devices which illustrate technical applications. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of natural laws in the student who will observe natural phenomena and collect information by performing simple experiments in chemistry and physics. The scientific method of investigation will be applied especially in the study of motion, energy, and matter. The student will search for regular patterns in experimental results using basic math skills and the metric system of measurement. Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to make accurate observations, use problem-solving techniques, and reason to a logical conclusion; thus, he will be better prepared for future science courses in the school's program of studies.

SCI 102 - Biology

This course is an introduction to the life sciences.  Its major objective is to give the student an appreciation and understanding of life processes. The introductory course focuses on several themes in the life sciences: diversity and the unity of life, interdependence of organisms, evolution and science as a process. Topics include molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, metabolism, classical genetics, microbiology, botany, zoology and human biology. Library skills and internet research are emphasized for projects and reports. Laboratory work using the scientific method with an emphasis on data analysis is emphasized. The scientific method is highlighted in learning how to write a lab report.  Laboratory work is an integral part of the course with students developing skills with the microscope during the first semester and proper dissection technique during the second semester.

Prerequisite
Based on Scholarship-Entrance Exam and Qualifying Test

SCI 201 - Biology

This course is an introduction to the life sciences.  Its major objective is to give the student an appreciation and understanding of life processes. The introductory course focuses on several themes in the life sciences: diversity and the unity of life, interdependence of organisms, evolution and science as a process. Topics include molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, metabolism, classical genetics, microbiology, botany, zoology and human biology. Library skills and internet research are emphasized for projects and reports. Laboratory work using the scientific method with an emphasis on data analysis is emphasized. The scientific method is highlighted in learning how to write a lab report.  Laboratory work is an integral part of the course with students developing skills with the microscope during the first semester and proper dissection technique during the second semester.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Physical Science

SCI 201 - Summer Biology

This course is an introduction to the life sciences. Its major objective is to give the student an appreciation and understanding of life processes. The introductory course focuses on several themes in the life sciences: diversity and the unity of life, interdependence of organisms, evolution and science as a process. Topics include molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, metabolism, classical genetics, microbiology, botany, zoology and human biology. Library skills and internet research are emphasized for projects and reports. Laboratory work using the scientific method with an emphasis on data analysis is emphasized. The scientific method is highlighted in learning how to write a lab report. Laboratory work is an integral part of the course with students developing skills with the microscope, proper dissection technique and computer-based laboratory protocols.


Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Physical Science and approval by Department Chairperson

SCI 202 - Chemistry

This course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of chemistry which includes using scientific measurement and lab techniques, classification of matter, the behavior of gases, the characteristics of liquids and solids, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonds, equilibrium, and theories and reactions of acids and bases as well as kinetics and thermochemistry.  The course also provides a brief introduction to both organic and nuclear chemistry and endeavors to develop sensitivity to concerns about chemical pollution and protection of the environment.  Some of the skills that a student will achieve during the course include problem-solving techniques, analytical thinking, expressing ideas with clarity and logic; significant figures/rounding off of calculations, proper usage of research for project/reports, as well as the use of mathematical relationships to predict outcomes.  Labs are structured to enforce the understanding of the chemical topics taught within the classroom setting.  Students are required to develop and apply the scientific method in producing a lab report based on his experimental results.   Labs are both physical as well as technologically based experimentation.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Biology

SCI 301 - Chemistry

This course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of chemistry which includes using scientific measurement and lab techniques, classification of matter, the behavior of gases, the characteristics of liquids and solids, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonds, equilibrium, and theories and reactions of acids and bases as well as kinetics and thermochemistry. The course also provides a brief introduction to both organic and nuclear chemistry and endeavors to develop sensitivity to concerns about chemical pollution and protection of the environment. Some of the skills that a student will achieve during the course include problem-solving techniques, analytical thinking, expressing ideas with clarity and logic; significant figures/rounding off of calculations, proper usage of research for project/reports, as well as the use of mathematical relationships to predict outcomes. Labs are structured to enforce the understanding of the chemical topics taught within the classroom setting. Students are required to develop and apply the scientific method in producing a lab report based on his experimental results. Labs are both physical as well as technologically based experimentation.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Physical Science and Biology

SCI 301 - Summer Chemistry

This course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of chemistry which includes using scientific measurement and lab techniques, classification of matter, the behavior of gases, the characteristics of liquids and solids, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonds, equilibrium, and theories and reactions of acids and bases as well as kinetics and thermochemistry. The course also provides a brief introduction to both organic and nuclear chemistry and endeavors to develop sensitivity to concerns about chemical pollution and protection of the environment. Some of the skills that a student will achieve during the course include problem-solving techniques, analytical thinking, expressing ideas with clarity and logic; significant figures/rounding off of calculations, proper usage of research for project/reports, as well as the use of mathematical relationships to predict outcomes. Labs are structured to enforce the understanding of the chemical topics taught within the classroom setting. Students are required to develop and apply the scientific method in producing a lab report based on his experimental results. Labs are both physical as well as technologically based experimentation.

Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Physical Science and Biology. Chemistry taken in a summer school program does not qualify a student for AP Chemistry or AP Biology.

SCI 202 - AP Chemistry (Based on enrollment)

The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a general Chemistry course usually taken by freshmen in college. Students in the AP Chemistry course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems and equations. The course contributes to the development of the student’s abilities to think clearly and express his ideas with clarity and logic. The AP Chemistry course differs qualitatively from the usual secondary course in Chemistry with respect to the type of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Some of the skills an AP Chemistry student will achieve are the appropriate use of scientific equipment, the ability to handle a comprehensive exam, identifying unknowns from laboratory techniques, and a positive attitude and concern for the proper use of chemistry in relation to environmental issues. A double period lab is given every cycle and students are required to complete a written lab report the following cycle. Labs are both physical as well as technologically based experimentation. Students are required to take the College Board AP Exam in May.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry with an grade of 93 or above in Chemistry. Chemistry taken in a summer school program does not qualify a student for AP Chemistry.  A full year Chemistry course is required.  Admission to AP Science courses must include approval of the student’s introductory level instructor and the department chairperson.

SCI 403 - Physics

Physics is the study of a very broad range of topics.  Some of the topics included in the study of physics are the nature of light, the motion of objects, the nature and effects of gravity, the behavior of solids, liquids and gases, atomic structure, and the nature of electricity and magnetism.  All of these topics are related through the fundamental forces of nature. The general physics course begins with the study of motion and develops the concepts needed to begin to understand the phenomena listed above.  This course concentrates on problem solving. The problems are used to develop and expand understanding of the principles presented.  Two languages are used in this course: English and mathematics.  The mathematics used at this level includes algebra, geometry and basic trigonometry.  This course is prerequisite for AP Physics.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry

SCI 404 - AP Biology

The Advanced Placement Course in Biology in the high school should meet the objectives of a general biology course at the college level. The objectives of the course are the following:
knowledge of the facts, principles and processes of biology; understanding of the means by which biological information is collected, how it is interpreted and how one formulates hypotheses from available data and make further predictions; understanding that science is a human endeavor with social consequences; to emphasize critical thinking and writing abilities. Topics covered in the course will include: biochemistry, cellular biology, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, anatomy, physiology and ecology. Because of the scope of the curriculum and because of our time limitations, some areas of biology are skimmed over and others are omitted. Students must assume the responsibility for filling in these gaps with their own reading programs. Students are required to take the College Board AP Examination in May.

Prerequisite
Student must have a 93 or above average in Biology and a 89 or above in Chemistry. Chemistry taken in a summer school program does not qualify a student for AP Biology. A full year Chemistry course is required. Admission to A.P. Science courses must include approval of the student’s introductory level instructor and the department chairperson.

SCI 407 AP Physics- LEVEL C (Based on enrollment)

This course follows the guidelines published by the College Board. It is approximately one-half mechanics and one-half electricity and magnetism.  Use of calculus in problem solving and in derivations will increase as the course progresses.  In the second semester, calculus will be used freely in formulating principles and in solving problems.  Students are required to take the College Board AP Physics C Exam in May which includes both mechanics and electricity/magnetism sections.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Student must have an 88 or above average in Physics. Calculus is a co-requisite with this course. Admission to A.P. Science courses must include approval of the student’s introductory level instructor and the department chairperson.

SCI 409 - Enviromental Science (Based on enrollment)

Man’s impact on biodiversity and sustaining natural ecosystems is a global concern. This course will focus on examining the interrelationship between living organisms and their natural environment. Basic principles of science will be studied to analyze environmental problems and discuss potential solutions to them. Current issues of water and air pollution, climate change, depletion of natural resources, and loss of biodiversity within the different ecosystems of the world are representative topics. The lab component of the course incorporates structured investigations in the lab and field trips to local sites of interest.  This is a two-semester lab course.

Prerequisite
Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry

SCI 410 - Human Anatomy & Physiology (Based on enrollment)

The Anatomy and Physiology course is a full year elective science class planned for students who are planning to major in science or the health fields in college. Students who are not planning to major in a science but are seeking a more in-depth science course that addresses their interests and prepares them for a human biology class in college will also benefit from this class. The course involves learning the systems of the human body. It emphasizes the complementary nature of structure and function, homeostatic mechanisms, interaction between humans and their environment, metabolic processes, common injuries and diseases. The lab component will include dissections of the cat as well as organs from other animals.

Prerequisite: 80 or above average in Biology and Chemistry.

SCI 411 - Introduction to Engineering

The primary objective of this course is to use building projects to introduce the principles of engineering. Students will learn to approach technology in a humane way that allows them to develop the skills necessary to succeed at project design while doing so in a way that improves life for all. A large portion of the course will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply engineering practices. Students will learn to identify problems, explore different potential designs, collect data to optimize design, and build prototypes. Projects will challenge the students to think about equity and social justice by attempting to solve problems faced by people in developing nations. Students will also have to consider the ethical and environmental concerns regarding new technology, such as the impact of global warming and how its effects can be mitigated.

Prerequisite: Physics is a pre/co requisite for this course

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