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Description of Science Courses 5/24/2013

Science


Ecology

This ninth grade science enables students to develop an understanding of the natural environment and the environmental problems the world faces.  Students will investigate population characteristics, community stability, ecosystem change, biome distribution and biodiversity sustainability. 

Honors Ecology

This ninth grade science covers the Ecology coursework in more depth and at a faster pace.  There are additional field and class investigations including projects and labs; increased critical thinking and writing skills are required.  This course is approved for Honors points.

Biology I
This course takes the biochemical/ molecular approach to the study of living things. Topics include: molecular basis for cell structure and function, heredity, biotechnology, biological change, diversity, and ecology.  9th Grade Students must have A or B in Algebra I and Physical Science.  Prerequisites:, Environmental Science, and Algebra I.

Honors Biology
This is a course designed for the academically motivated student. An expanded curriculum will be offered with emphases on molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and ecology. Independent study and critical thinking skills will be necessary. Projects that involve students’ data collection and assimilation are required.  Prerequisites: Algebra 1.  This course is approved for Honors points.

Chemistry
This is a laboratory course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes.  Students use science process skills to study the fundamental structure of atoms, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and the interaction between matter and energy. Prerequisites: Biology and Geometry.

Honors Chemistry
This course is designed for the serious student who has excelled in previous math and science courses. The curriculum is more comprehensive and mathematically based than Chemistry I. Laboratory experiments and projects are emphasized. Students should have taken or be presently enrolled in Algebra II.  This course is approved for Honors points.  Pre(Co)requisite:  Algebra II.

Honors Physics
This is an accelerated and challenging course for students interested in engineering and advanced studies in science.  The course concentrates on an analytical and comprehensive lab program.  This course is approved for Honors points.   Prerequisite:  Chemistry and Precalculus.

Geology
Offered to students who have been successful in at least three previous science courses and wish to develop an understanding of the physical forces that shape the earth.  Topics include minerals, rocks, fossils, volcanoes, water systems, earthquakes, landforms, map skills, regional geology.  Prerequisite:  Biology.

Astronomy
This is an introduction to the field of astronomy. This laboratory based course will cover the origins and age of the solar system and universe. Students will be exposed to the latest data on star and galaxy formation. Students will gain first hand knowledge of telescopes and constellations. Via the use of technology we will view the exotic features of the heavens and delve into the possibilities of life on other planets. Prerequisites: Algebra I.

Anatomy and Physiology
This course is for the serious student to develop an understanding of the functioning of the human body. Students who have an interest in the health field should explore this course. Dissection, chemical, and physiological experiments are an important part of this course. Students who are uncertain about AP Biology may choose to take this course as a prerequisite.  Prerequisites:  Biology and Chemistry.

Scientific Research and Design
A course designed to accommodate students who are interested in doing a research project. This course may be a vehicle for innovative or focused study on special topics such as aerospace, engineering, mapping, water quality, grant writing, working for non-profits. Using the scientific method students will explore their topic using a minimum of 40 % of the class time in lab or doing fieldwork. Prerequisites: Chemistry I and Algebra II  and self motivated.  Statistics would be helpful but is not required.