Science

Earth Science

Description: The Earth science course is designed to interpret and understand the world around us. In order to do so, students will investigate and study the interactions between the four major Earth’s spheres, including the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere in order to explain Earth’s formation, processes, history, and landscapes, including how and why Earth changes over time. The course will also explore how current actions of man interact and affect Earth’s spheres leading to local and global changes. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, mapping Earth’s surface, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic time, and meteorology. Students will participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities, web based investigations, class discussions, projects, and research. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 9, 10

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Science)

Biology

Description: Biology is devoted to the study of life, living things, and their interactions. Throughout the year this course requires scientific thinking and provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills; laboratory techniques; and an understanding of how organisms are built, how they function, and how they interact – with each other and their environment. Students will explore the scientific process, ecology, biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, and diversity of living organisms. Regular lab experiences are an integral part of and required for successful completion of the course. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 9, 10

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Science)

Chemistry

Description: Students in this course will examine the fundamental properties of elements, compounds, and mixtures. Chemical reactions and chemical processes are observed and explained at the atomic and molecular level using the scientific method. Students will integrate conceptual understandings, algebra skills and an ongoing laboratory experience to develop the fundamentals of problem solving, laboratory work, and the practical application of Chemistry. This course includes laboratory experiences and is designed for those students seriously considering a 4-year college and expecting the rigor of a lab science. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of C or better in Algebra 1

Available Credit: 1.0 (Science)

Zoology

Description: Laboratory Zoology is a half-year science course designed for students interested in exploring the diversity of organisms in the animal kingdom. The course emphasizes the comparative anatomy and physiology of various invertebrates and vertebrates, and students learn through a combination of classroom activities, including dissection, hands-on experiments and projects. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Biology course

Available Credit: 0.5 (Science or elective)

Physics

Description: Students in this course will examine the following physics topics: mechanical motion, electricity, light, the atom, and magnetism and wave motion. Prerequisite math skills should include, but is not limited to those presented in Algebra II. An emphasis is placed on a mathematical understanding of the physics principles that are presented. Coursework involves laboratory activities, in-class assignments and formal assessments that require students to demonstrate problem-solving skills in the context of a science scenario. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of C or better in Algebra 2

Available Credit: 1.0 (Science)

Botany

Description: Botany is a semester-long study of plants and their relationship to the environment. In this course, students investigate the growth, reproduction, anatomy, morphology, physiology, biochemistry, taxonomy, genetics, and ecology of plants. Laboratory and outdoor experiences complement classroom activities. A high level of understanding in problem solving and the scientific methods is necessary for success in this course. Each quarter will conclude with a final exam covering all content from that quarter.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Biology course

Available Credit: 0.5 (Science)