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Environmental Science

 

This laboratory-based course provides instruction in Earth systems, Earth history, Earth resources, weather and climate, the living world, population,  land use, water use,  energy resources,  energy consumption,  pollution, and global change. 

 

Physical Science

 

This laboratory-based course is divided into three equal areas of study: chemistry, physics and space systems.  Instruction includes the most fundamental concepts from chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science. Topics include structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces and interactions, energy, waves and electromagnetic radiation, Earth and space systems.

 

Physical Science (H)

 

This laboratory-based course is divided into three equal areas of study: chemistry, physics and space systems.  Instruction in greater depth includes the most fundamental concepts from chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science. Topics include structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces and interactions, energy, waves and electromagnetic radiation, Earth and space systems. Participation in Science Fair is required.

 

Biology

 

This laboratory-based course investigates the composition, diversity, complexity and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment and the interactions within and between them.

 

Biology (H)

 

This laboratory-based course investigates with greater depth the composition, diversity, complexity and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment and the interactions within and between them. Participation in science fair is required.

 

Chemistry 1

 

This laboratory-based course investigates structure of matter, properties of matter: characteristics, traits and forces of attraction, chemical reactions, rates of chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.  

 

Chemistry 1 (H)

 

This laboratory-based course investigates with greater depth the structure of matter, properties of matter: characteristics, traits and forces of attraction, chemical reactions, rates of chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. Participation in science fair is required.

 

Anatomy (H)

 

This rigorous laboratory-based course includes a detailed study of many human body systems. Homeostatic balance, the relationship between structure and function, and the interrelationships between body systems are a focus throughout the course. This course is recommended for students interested in a health-related career, especially those students who plan to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and athletic training. The course may also be helpful for those students who plan to enter education as either a life-science or physical education teacher. Participation in science fair or a semester research paper is required.

 

AP Biology

 

This is a rigorous and demanding course, which is the equivalent of an introductory college biology course. In addition, statistical analysis of data and modeling of concepts will be expected. There is an emphasis on scientific thinking and analytical thinking. The AP Biology curriculum encompasses 4 ‘big ideas’, with Essential Knowledge and Process Skills that support each one: Evolution, Cellular Processes (Energy and Communication), Genetics and Information Transfer and Interactions. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class time. Prerequisite: Biology I or Biology I H.

 

AP Chemistry

 

Chemistry is equivalent to a college level general chemistry course that provides rigorous study in four major areas: structure of matter, states of matter, reaction and descriptive chemistry.  The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of, and the ability to apply, mathematical solutions to problems involving atomic theory and structures, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, kinetic theory, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetic, thermodynamics, and descriptive chemistry. A significant amount of studying must be completed at home to allow time for discussion, labs, and inquiry during class time. Prerequisite: Chemistry I or Chemistry I H.

 

Physics

 

In this laboratory-based course, students learn the basic motions of the universe and the equations that describe them.  Topics include Newtonian physics, thermal physics and f fluid dynamics, waves and optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.   Students will perform experiments and interpret the results of observations, activities which involve the assessment of experimental errors and uncertainties. 

 

Physics (H)

 

In this laboratory-based course, students learn with greater depth the basic motions of the universe and the equations that describe them.  Topics include Newtonian physics, thermal physics and fluid dynamics, waves and optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics.   Students will perform experiments and interpret the results of observations, activities which involve the assessment of experimental errors and uncertainties. Participation in science fair or a semester research paper is required.

 

Zoology

 

This laboratory-based course students are introduced to the Animal Kingdom. Topics include basic concepts of the origin of animal life, animal reproduction and development, classification of major phyla of animals and the major classes of vertebrates, structure and function of animals, and basic concepts of animal behavior and ecology.

 

Engineering I

 

Engeneering II

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