Science

1312001 Semester 1       PHYSICAL SCIENCE NCAA-approved                                                   1 Unit

1312002 Semester 2        Required of all Grade 9 students

 

Physical Science is an introductory course to the concepts of chemistry and physics.  It covers atomic theory, physical and chemical properties of matter, Conservation of Matter, energy transformations, thermodynamics, linear motion, forces, Newtons laws, energy, and nuclear properties.  Lab experiences, scientific inquiry, and problem-solving are used to emphasize scientific concepts.  This course serves as a foundation for the study of other sciences.

 

 

1312101 Semester 1        PHYSICAL SCIENCE HONORS NCAA-approved                              1 Unit

1312102 Semester 2        Prerequisite: Must be in Grade 9; meet honors criteria                        

 

Physical Science Honors is for the advanced science student.  Physical Science Honors is an introductory course to the study of chemistry and physics.  It covers atomic theory, physical and chemical properties of matter, Conservation of Matter, energy transformations, thermodynamics, linear motion, forces, Newtons laws, energy, and nuclear propertiesLab experiences, scientific inquiry, advanced thinking and problem-solving skills are used to emphasize scientific concepts.  This class will provide a foundation for advanced science courses.  This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312151 Semester 1        BIOLOGY NCAA-approved                                                                     1 Unit

1312152 Semester 2        Required for all Grade 10 students; students who have not earned credit in Physical Science will be enrolled in both Biology and Physical Science

 

In this course the student will engage in scientific inquiry, explore biochemistry, the cell, bio-energy, mechanisms of genetics, and biotechnology. Students will also study change in organisms over time, classification, and ecosystems. Lab experiences are an integral part of the course.

 

 

1312251 Semester 1        PRE-AP BIOLOGY NCAA-approved                                                      1 Unit

1312252 Semester 2        Prerequisite: Completion of Physical Science or equivalent; meet honors criteria

 

In this course the student will engage in scientific inquiry, biochemistry, the cell, bio-energy, mechanisms of genetics, biotechnology, change in organisms over time, classification, and ecosystems.  Lab experiences are an integral part of the course.  This course will emphasize critical thinking as well as advanced reading, writing, and problem solving skills.  This class will provide a foundation for advanced science courses.  This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312201 Semester 1        AP BIOLOGY NCAA-approved                                                                1 Unit

1312202 Semester 2        Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a grade of”B” or better or teacher recommendation                

 

This course is designed for the advanced and committed biology student (Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry are recommended.)  Topics include biochemistry, cellular energy, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, diversity of organisms, and ecology.  Lab experiences are an integral part of the course.  This course will emphasize critical thinking as well as advanced reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.  This course requires a high degree of independent initiative and is a preparatory course for the AP Biology exam. Advanced credit, when available.

 

 

 

1312451 Semester 1          CHEMISTRY I NCAA-approved                                                          1 Unit

1312452 Semester 2        Prerequisite: Physical Science (C or better recommended); concurrent enrollment in or completion of Algebra II     

 

This course is highly recommended for students planning on enrolling in college or technical school.  General Chemistry is the fundamental course in the study of matter and energy.  Topics include: experiment design, measurement skills, atomic theory, classification of matter, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodic table, chemical bonding, solutions, and acids and bases.  Lab experiences are an integral part of the course.

 

 

 

1312501 Semester 1       PRE-AP CHEMISTRY I NCAA-approved                      1 Unit
1312502       

Prerequisite: Physical Science (C or better); concurrent enrollment in or completion of Algebra II; meet honors criteria

 

This course is highly recommended for college-bound students. In this course, students will be introduced to the study of the composition and properties of matter.  Topics include measurement skills, atomic theory, classificationof matter, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gas laws, periodic table, chemical bonding, solutions, and acids and bases. Lab experiences are an integral part of this course.   This course will emphasize critical thinking as well as advanced reading, writing, and problem-solving skills. This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312551 Semester 1       AP CHEMISTRY II NCAA-approved                                            1 Unit

1312552 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry I Pre-AP and Algebra II, with a grade of B or better. Chemistry I may be substituted for Chemistry I Pre-AP with approval of the AP Chemistry instructor.     

 

This course is designed for the advanced and committed chemistry student.  Topics include: solutions, physical behaviors of gases, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, Kinetic Theory, and chemical equilibria. Lab experiences are an integral part of course.  This course will emphasize critical thinking as well as advance reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.  This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares the student to take the AP Chemistry exam. Advanced credit, when available. This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312601 Semester 1       PHYSICS I NCAA-approved                                                         1 Unit

1312602 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of Algebra II or teacher recommendation                                           

 

This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced student that has solid algebra skills.  The course will cover standard topics of entry level physics including:   linear motion, circular motion, two dimensional motion, forces, Newton’s Laws, energy, electricity, magnetism and introductory atomic and nuclear structures.  Students will develop problem-solving skills through lab activities, interactive software, problem sets and classroom discussions.

 

 

1312651 Semester 1       PRE-AP PHYSICS I NCAA-approved                                        1 Unit

1312652 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II with a grade of "B" or better; concurrent enrollment in Trigonometry recommended; meet honors criteria

 

This course is designed for the advanced physics student who is comfortable in applying problem-solving skills and higher level mathematics.   Topics include: linear motion, projectile motion, rotational motion, force, energy, momentum, vectors, fluid and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and introductory atomic and nuclear structures.  The student should have solid algebra skills and have been introduced to trigonometry.  Concepts will be developed through lab activities and lecture. This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312851 Semester 1       AP PHYSICS II NCAA-approved                                               1 Unit

1312852 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Pre-AP Physics I with a grade of "B" or better or teacher recommendation; concurrent enrollment in Calculus recommended

 

This is a laboratory and mathematical intensive course.  This course will build on the problem-solving skills developed and concepts learned in Physics I.  Topics include: Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism. Students  should  have  extensive  algebra  and  trigonometric  skills.    This  course  requires  a  high  degree  of independent initiative. This is a preparatory course for the AP Physics exam. Advanced credit, when available.

 

 

1312701 Semester 1       ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NCAA-approved                            1 Unit

1312702 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Biology                                            

 

The student will explore various fundamental and advanced ecological concepts. Topics include: Foundations of Environmental Studies, water quality, solid waste management, air quality, human population, energy ecosystems, and biodiversity.  Environmental responsibility will be emphasized through class discussions, lab situations, and fieldwork.

 

 

1312411 Semester 1       EARTH SCIENCE NCAA-approved                                            1 Unit

1312412 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Biology

 

Students will study the universality of change from the rock cycle through plate tectonics, as well as weather and the Earth’s position in space.  Topics include: physical properties of matter, rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, historical geology, plate tectonics, volcanism and earthquakes, weather, natural disasters, and astronomy. Lab experiences are an integral part of this course.

 

 

1312311 Semester 1       ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY NCAA-approved                                1 Unit

1312312 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a "C" or better recommended or teacher recommendation                  

 

This is a rigorous course where students will study medical terminology, eleven body systems and their associated organs, and diseases associated with each human system.  Students will learn through inquiry based lessons and laboratory experiences including dissections. This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312801 Semester 1       BIOLOGY II (Zoology/Botany) NCAA-approved                                    1 Unit

1312802 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a "C" or better recommended or teacher recommendation                  

 

This is a rigorous course where students will study the classification, structures and functions, and the life cycles (reproduction) of plants and animals with emphasis on local flora and fauna.  Students will learn through inquiry based lessons, specimen collections, specimen dissection, live specimen lab work and research.  This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312751 Semester 1       BIOLOGY III HONORS (Human Genetics) NCAA-approved               1 Unit

1312752 Semester 2       Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with a grade of “C" or better recommended or teacher recommendation (Biology II is not required)

 

This is a rigorous course where students will study the science of genetics.  Topics will include: human cellular processes, DNA and the processes associated with it, genetic inheritance with an emphasis on genetic abnormalities, immunity and cancer, human biotechnology, gene therapy, and microbiology.  Students will learn through inquiry based lessons, research, and laboratory experiences.  This course requires a high degree of independent initiative.

 

 

1312321 Semester 1       PRINCIPLES OF THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES NCAA-approve   1 Unit

1312322 Semester 2       Qualifies for Honors credit when a 6 or higher (9 maximum) is earned on the

PLTW final exam.

 

The PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum sequence which follows a proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Through activities, like dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology. Students also acquire strong teamwork and communication practices, and  develop  organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving  skills.  Along  the  way  students investigate a variety of careers in biomedical sciences.  The program is designed to prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in the biomedical sciences.

 

Principles of the Biomedical Sciences is the first of 4 courses in the biomedical sciences sequence that are planned to be phased-in over the next four years (see below for the phase-in process).   Students investigate various  health  conditions  including  heart  disease,  diabetes,  sickle-cell  disease,  hypercholesterolemia,  and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the persons life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lays the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

 

 

Anticipated Phase-in Process and Sequence for the PLTW Biomedical Science Program

2015-16              Human Body Systems

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions.

 

 

2016-17              Medical Interventions

Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family.

 

 

2017-18              Biomedical Innovations

In this capstone course, students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century and have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry.

 

 

1312721 Semester 1       AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A (Online) NCAA-approved              1 Unit

1312722 Semester 2       Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in two years of laboratory sciences is recommended. Algebra I and Algebra II are required, although Algebra II can be taken concurrently.

 

AP Environmental Science is a yearlong examination of the interrelationships of the natural world. Students identify and analyze environmental problems and their effects, and evaluate the effectiveness of proposed solutions. Students learn to think like environmental scientists: making predictions based on observations, writing hypothesis, designing and completing field studies and experiments, and reaching conclusions based on the analysis of data derived from these experiments. Students apply the concepts of environmental science to their everyday experiences and current events and issues in science, politics, and society. The course provides opportunities for guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster critical thinking skills. This course is presented online and the student will be required to complete coursework to the established timeline provided by the virtual instructor. Successful completion of this course is dependent on the students ability to meet the criteria outlined by the virtual instructors syllabus. This online course is considered an 8th hour course offering. Students will be responsible for their pacing in the course.

 

 

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