Science

Physical Science

Physical Science is a branch of knowledge that involves motion, matter, and the changes in which they undergo.  Physical science is experienced every day when moving, cooking, or washing hands.  This class is designed to introduce the basic ideas and concepts that make up physical science in addition to developing a deeper understanding of the world.  One of the key objectives is to not only give information but also to help develop those science skills necessary to explore the student’s own interests. Gathering and reporting data as well as how to analyze results is also introduced.


Physical Science Honors

Physical Science is a branch of knowledge that involves motion, matter, and the changes in which they undergo.  The effects of physical science are experienced every day in moving, cooking, or washing hands. This honors class is designed to introduce the basic to more advanced/in-depth ideas and concepts that make up physical science as well as develop a deeper understanding of the physical world. One of the key objectives is to not only giving information but also help develop the science and engineering skills necessary to explore the world.  Students will also gather and report data as well as learn how to analyze results.


Biology

Biology is a branch of science that involves the study of the development and maintenance of life.  Biology is experienced every day of one's life just by existing.  This course is designed to further the student’s knowledge of the basic ideas and concepts that make up biology through creativity, self-discovery, and experience.  As the student experiences biology they will develop a deeper understanding of the living world around them. The objective is not only providing information but to help the student develop the science skills necessary to explore personal interests. 


Biology Honors    

The Biology Honors course is a full year in-depth study of the living world.  The course covers the general principles of biology, including biomolecules, cell structure and function, cellular divisions, environmental explorations, introductions to viruses and bacteria, genetics, an overview of fungi, and the classification of the living organisms in our environment.  The biological topics are explored using guided educational techniques supported by graphics, animations, videos, and laboratory investigations. The students will also be expected to explore various scientific topics through independent research.


Chemistry 

Chemistry is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of matter and the changes which matter undergoes.  One experiences chemistry every day when cooking, eating or washing your hands.  This class is designed to introduce the basic ideas and concepts that makeup chemistry as students develop a deeper understanding of the physical world around them.  The objective is not only providing information but to help the student develop the science skills necessary to explore personal interests and learn how to take information, process the knowledge, and solve problems.


Chemistry Honors

Chemistry is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of matter and the changes which matter undergoes. One experiences chemistry every day when cooking, eating or washing your hands. This class is designed to introduce the ideas and concepts that makeup chemistry as students develop a deeper understanding of the physical world around them.  Honors Chemistry uses math skills to solve chemistry problems. Students learn higher-level applications of the basic concepts, how to process and apply this information to solve problems. Honors Chemistry requires good math skills and comprehension.


Physics Honors

Physics is the study of the interactions between matter and energy.  The curriculum is designed to serve the college-preparatory student who may wish to pursue a career in a science or analytical field. It is designed to introduce many basic concepts of physics and to help develop a deeper understanding of the physical world.  Students will investigate physics concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the inquiry processes. Students will strengthen their abilities to gather lab data and analyze their results.


Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the environment that surrounds us on a daily basis, as well as other environments around the world. It also studies such critical concepts as food webs, biomes, resource utilization, and the many implications of environmental change in an ever-changing world. The curriculum encourages observation and identification of plants and animals in their native habitats, as well as an understanding of their role in their ecological niches. The objective of the course is to teach students the diversity, frailty, and importance of the environment so that students can make responsible, environmentally-informed decisions.


Forensic Science

Forensics Science is a course focusing on the skills and concepts behind crime-scene investigation and forensic science. Designed for students who desire to be crime scene investigators, forensic pathologists, or some other medical scientists, this course will help hone investigative skills and review a wide range of science concepts, including physics, chemistry, anatomy, cell biology, environmental science, and computer science in the process of learning about forensic science. Students will engage in lectures, labs, case studies, online activities, and professional visits as part of this course. This course will help the student see how science is used to answer questions rather than just learning science concepts. 


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Human Anatomy & Physiology is a branch of knowledge that involves the study of the human body systems and their functions. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic operations of the human body and its complexities. The study of the body’s anatomy and physiology at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, organ systems, and organism levels of organization are a primary focus. The objective is not only to provide information but also to help the student develop the science skills necessary to explore their personal interests on their own.


College Biology 101 and 102

A one-year, two-semester course for students who plan to major in biological sciences or prepare for a pre-professional program. Classroom and laboratory sessions focus on biological topics as they apply to all life, to recent scientific findings, and how they advance understanding of classical concepts, the interaction of environmental and biological forces to produce life. Prerequisites for College Biology 101: Physical Science 8 &9, Biology, and Chemistry. Prerequisite for College Biology 102: College Biology 101


College Chemistry 214 and 224         

An introduction to the transformation of matter that includes atomic theories; chemical nomenclature using the Stock system; understanding mass relationships in chemicals reactions; balancing chemical equations; determining the limiting reagent in a reaction; understanding the nature of oxidation-reduction reactions, precipitation reactions, and acid-base reactions; the properties of gases and the Ideal Gas Law and the Kinetic Molecular Theory; the use of the Periodic Table to understand and predict the chemical and physical properties of the elements; thermodynamics; and the nature of chemical bonding in ionic and molecular compounds.