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Biology CP (2 semesters) Grade 10

This is a required course for all students who do not elect to take Biology Advanced. It is a general biology course which fulfills the laboratory life science requirement. An overview of living things is covered, with a practical application of the material to everyday life. Laboratory work and experimentation is included.

Biology Honors (2 semesters) Grade 9 (honors at entrance), 10

Prerequisite: For students taking this course in Grade 9 – Honors at entrance.  For students taking this course in Grade 10: GPA of 3.3 or better which includes two semesters of Algebra 1 or Algebra  Advanced

This is a required course with laboratory experience for all students who do not elect to take the College Prep Biology course. Cooperative learning, hands‑on demonstrations and laboratories are utilized in an in‑depth study of genetics, evolution and a review of the five kingdoms. Critical thinking and practical application of material are stressed.

Chemistry (2 semesters) Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Four semesters of mathematics with a math GPA of 3.5 or better and Algebra 2 taken previously or concurrently. Biology Advanced must have been taken sophomore year.

Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, especially of atomic and molecular systems. Laboratory, computer and cooperative learning experiences are used to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills. The importance of the relationship between mathematical concepts and chemistry is stressed throughout the course. Chemistry is a math based science with emphasis on algebraic and problem solving skills. A strong math background is necessary to understand chemistry concepts.

Chemistry Honors (2 semesters) Grades 10,11,12

Prerequisite:  Students must be concurrently enrolled on Algebra 2 Trig, Trig-PreCalculus or Calculus AP and have a math GPA of 3.5.  Biology Advanced must have been taken sophomore year.  Summer reading required.

Chemistry Advanced will provide the student with an increased level of complexity and scope of study. This course is an in-depth study of the principles and concepts in chemistry. Students are required to demonstrate an understanding of these principles through application in a laboratory situation. Content includes structure and bonding, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, kinetics and quantitative analysis. The importance of the relationship between mathematical concepts and chemistry is stressed throughout the course.

Physics (2 semesters) Grade 12

Prerequisite: Six semesters of mathematics with a GPA in these classes of 3.0 or better, and trigonometry taken previously or concurrently and instructor approval.

The physics course gives an understanding of contemporary views of the physical world. Scientific phenomena are described in terms of matter and energy; the units include measurement, force, motion, energy, heat and the structure of matter, wave motion, light, electricity and electromagnetism.

Physical Science (2 semesters) Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Biology CP or Biology Advanced

This is a required course for all students who do not elect to take chemistry or physics. It is a general course which combines the study of chemistry and the study of physics. The student investigates the subject of matter and its physical and chemical properties. He/she also investigate energy and the physical laws of nature that affect all matters. Fulfills G requirements.

Biology AP (2 semesters) Grade 12

Prerequisite: "B" or above in both Biology and Chemistry and teacher approval

Biology AP includes those topics regularly covered a college program in introductory biology. The college course in biology differs significantly from the usual first high school course in biology with respect to the kind of textbook used, the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students and the time and effort required of the students. The textbook used by Biology AP is also used by college biology majors and the kinds of labs done by AP students must be equivalent to those done by college students. The course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.

Essentials of Human Anatomy/Physiology (2 semesters) Grades: 11 and 12

Prerequisite: One year of Biology CP or Biology Advanced with a grade of 3.0 or above

This course is designed to explore in much greater detail the human anatomy and physiology that is introduced in biology courses.  It provides an experience for those students who are planning to major in the life science field or are interested in the how, what, and why of the body as well as  the structures and function of the different organ systems.  Fulfills G requirements.

Introduction to Astronomy (1 semester) Grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12

This course is an introduction to the study of the universe. Students learn how astronomers study their subjects and gain an appreciation of the grandeur of the universe. Verbal rather than mathematic expressions are emphasized. (College Prep) Fulfills G requirements.

Marine Biology (I semester) Grades 11 and 12

Prerequisite: Recommendation from Biology teacher. Must be enrolled in or have taken a physical science course.

This is an elective course with some laboratory experience for any senior who is interested in the subject. The central focus of this course is on the marine organisms: what they are, what they do, how they interact with one another and how their lives connect with ours. Aspects of marine chemistry, geology and marine ecology are also explored. Cooperative learning, discussions projects and hands-on laboratory experiences are utilized with an emphasis on practical application and appreciation for marine life and human impact on the sea. (College Prep) Fulfills G requirements.