SCIENCE

Philosophy Of The Department

Students will explore various areas of interest concerning life, earth and physical sciences. Laboratory oriented courses will enable students to use reason, memory, imagination and the scientific method of inquiry. Students will learn the basic principles of each subject area and will be helped to apply these concepts to everyday life as well as to future studies. Course selections are designed to accommodate the capabilities and backgrounds of each student.

Recommended Selection of Courses:
9th GRADE
Advanced Biology, Biology, Biology B

10th GRADE
Advanced Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry B

11th GRADE
Advanced Physics, Physics, Physical Science
Electives: Bio Ethics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Natural Disasters
(Semester 1), Genetics (Semester 2), Astronomy (Semester 2)

12th GRADE
Electives: Bio Ethics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Natural
Disasters (Semester 1), Genetics (Semester 2), Astronomy (Semester 2)

1364/2364—Biology B
Prerequisites: Placement based on the eighth grade science teacher’s recommendation, eighth grade final grade in science, and Stanford/OLSAT test scores.

Biology B is an adaptive two-semester laboratory-oriented course. Students will focus on the fundamental biological knowledge needed to become science literate. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course will be on biological core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Organization and Development of Living Systems; Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment; Genetics; and Evolution and Biodiversity. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1365/2365—Biology
Prerequisites: Placement based on the eighth grade science teacher’s recommendation, eighth grade final grade in science, and Stanford/OLSAT test scores.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course. Students will focus on a deep understanding of biological concepts of: inquiry, reflection and social implications, organization and development of living systems, interdependence of living systems and the environment, genetics, and evolution and biodiversity. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course will be on biological core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Organization and Development of Living Systems; Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment; Genetics; and Evolution and Biodiversity. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1366/2366—Advanced Biology
Prerequisites: Placement based on the eighth grade science teacher’s recommendation, eighth grade final grade in science, and Stanford/OLSAT test scores.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course that is highly recommended for those students who are planning to major in science, medicine or engineering during their college careers. Students will focus on a more in-depth investigation of biological concepts of: inquiry, reflection and social implications, organization and development of living systems, interdependence of living systems and the environment, genetics, and evolution and biodiversity. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The
focus of this course will be on biological core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Organization and Development of Living Systems; Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment; Genetics; and Evolution and Biodiversity. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1367—Bio Ethics 
(Offered Semester 1 only)
Prerequisites: Courses: Biology and Chemistry. Junior or Senior status only.

This course will examine current ethical dilemmas using biological case studies. Students will practice using and building upon their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they discuss and debate the role of scientific advancements, as well as the ethics of the cases. Topics include, but are not limited to, cloning, transgenic therapy, euthanasia and stem cell research, just to name a few. In addition to discourse, students will be expected to write several position papers, an essay, and to collaborate on a student project. In taking this class, students will become more informed and rational decision makers based on scientific understanding of current events in bioethics.
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2368—Genetics
(Offered Semester 2 only)

This course will encompass the study of heredity in plants and animals, the mechanisms involved in the transmission of traits from one generation to another, how organisms have changed in the past, and the factors involved in that change. Laboratory activities will include the use of computer simulation and genetic experiments. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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1374/2374—Advanced Placement Biology
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry with a grade of “B” or better, or Science Department recommendation.

A.P. Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course taken by first year biology majors. Topics covered include biochemistry, genetics, energenetics, plant anatomy and animal physiology, cytology, diversity of life, evolution and ecology. This class can prepare the student to take the A.P. Biology Test. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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1379—Natural Disasters
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Take a journey through the amazing processes that occur on our own planet. Natural disasters play a fundamental role in the sculpting landscapes and structuring natural and human based ecosystems. This course will explore the natural and social implications of natural disasters by studying their causes, their ecological and social consequences and the role of human behavior in causing and dealing with natural disasters. Specific units on volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme weather, and meteorite impacts will be studied. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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2380—Astronomy
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Take a journey through Space and Time in this semester-long Astronomy course. The principles of life, chemistry, Earth, and physical science are integrated in this study of the cosmos. The moon, sun, solar system, minor planets, constellations, and the formation of stars are the major topics of study. Observational astronomy skills and critical thinking are cultivated through laboratory and field activities. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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1381/2381—Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course shows the complexity of the human body and its systems.  Students interested in pursuing a career in the field of biology, nursing, physical therapy, medicine, med-tech, and other related health professions benefit from the topics covered in this class. A major focus is human physiology through indepth study of organ systems like endocrine, immune, and circulatory systems. Human response to disease and the homeostatic mechanisms to maintain stability will also be discussed. Students survey
information about the human skeleton structure and skeletal muscles as well and must be comfortable with dissecting specimens. This course enables students to live healthier lifestyles through increased understanding of the mechanisms at work within the human body. This course is recommended for
juniors interested in participating in the Career Intern program in the medical field during their senior year. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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1383/2383—Chemistry B
Prerequisites: Course: Biology B and recommendation of Biology teacher.

Chemistry B is an adaptive two-semester laboratory-oriented course. Students will focus on the fundamental chemistry knowledge needed to become science literate. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning.
Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course will be on chemistry core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Forms of Energy; Energy Transfer and Conservation; Properties of Matter; and Changes in Matter. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and
interpretation of data.
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1384/2384—Chemistry
Prerequisites: Courses: Biology, Geometry, Algebra 1 and/or current enrollment in Algebra 1 and recommendation of Biology teacher.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course. Students will focus on a deep understanding of chemistry concepts of: inquiry, reflection and social implications, Forms of Energy, Energy Transfer and Conservation, properties of Matter, Changes in Matter. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course will be on chemistry core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Forms of Energy; Energy Transfer and Conservation; Properties of Matter; and Changes in Matter. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1386/2386—Advanced Chemistry
Prerequisites: Courses: Biology, Geometry, Algebra 1 and/or current enrollment in Algebra 1 and recommendation of Biology teacher.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course that is highly recommended for those students who are planning to major in science, medicine or engineering during their college careers. Students will focus on a more in-depth investigation of chemistry concepts of: inquiry, reflection and social implications, Forms of Energy, Energy Transfer and Conservation, properties of Matter, Changes in Matter. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning.
Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course will be on chemistry core and essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications; Forms of Energy; Energy Transfer and Conservation; Properties of Matter; and Changes in Matter. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and
interpretation of data
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1387/2387—Physical Science
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and/or current enrollment in Intermediate Algebra B or Algebra 2 and recommendation of the Chemistry teacher.

Physical Science is an adaptive two-semester laboratory-oriented course. Students will focus on the fundamental physics knowledge students need to become science literate. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning.
Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course is on the physics essential concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications, Motion of Objects, Forces and Motion, Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which include the use of computers in science simulations and for the gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1388/2388—Advanced Placement Chemistry
Prerequisites: Grade of “B” or better in Chemistry, Precalculus concurrent or Science Department recommendation.

A.P. Chemistry is designed to be an equivalent of a first-year college general chemistry course. Topics covered include the structure of matter, theory of gases, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, and the basic concepts of thermodynamics. This class can prepare the student to take the A.P. Chemistry test. Students are expected to spend time outside of class to complete laboratory experiments. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.
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1389/2389—Physics
Prerequisites Courses: Algebra 1 and current enrollment in Algebra 2 and recommendation of Chemistry teacher.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course. Students” will focus on a deep understanding of physics concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications, Motion of Objects, Forces and Motion, Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations. This is accomplished through a variety of teaching
methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group and individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes, and tests. The focus of this course is on physics essential concepts and selected core concepts that
comprise the state’s high school content expectations for science. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which will include the use of computers in science simulations and for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data.
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1390/2390—Advanced Physics
Prerequisites Courses: Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Algebra 1 and or current enrollment in Algebra 2 and recommendation of Chemistry teacher.

This is a two-semester college preparatory course that is highly recommended for those students who are planning to major in science, medicine or engineering during their college careers. Students in the course
“Physics” will focus on a more in-depth investigation of Physics concepts of: Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications, Motion of Objects, Forces and Motion, Forms of Energy and Energy Transformations This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes and tests. The focus of this course is on the Physics essential concepts, selected core concepts and recommended concepts that comprise the state’s high
school content expectations for science. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course which include the use of computers in science simulations and for the gathering, analyzing, and interpretation of data.
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1392/2392—Advanced Placement Physics
Prerequisites: Grade of “B” or better in Physics and Precalculus, or Science Department recommendation

A.P. Physics is designed to be an equivalent of an introductory physics course taken during the first year of college. Topics covered include Newtonian conservation laws, mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and rotational dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the use of calculus to solve challenging
problems. Laboratory activities will include the use of computer simulation and data collection using analog sensors. This class can prepare the student to take the A.P. Physics Mechanics test. Students will receive a minimum of two hours in a structured online learning experience.