Grades 10, 11, 12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology
Students are provided with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to:
-understand the interrelationships of the natural world
- identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made
- evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems
- examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them
College level material covered in this course prepares students for Advanced Placement examination given by the College Entrance Examination Board. This course follows the syllabus of the College Board.
Grades 11-12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry; Algebra 2 or higher math course (concurrent)
FALL: Students explore the exciting chemical and cellular basis of life covering cell morphology, cellular reproduction, molecular genetics and immunology. College level material will prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination given by the College Entrance Examination Board. This course follows syllabus of the College Board.
SPRING: Students build on the work in the fall semester. Topics covered include biology of organisms and biology of populations and communities. Students are required to perform large animal dissection or an alternate assignment at the conclusion of the semester. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the Advanced Placement Biology examination in May.
Grades 10 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Algebra 2 or higher math course (concurrent)
Students begin their study of biology with a look at the microscopic world of biology (organic chemicals, cells, genetics, and patterns of heredity.) During the second semester, students develop understanding of the diversity of life through an ecological and evolutionary survey of life forms from bacteria, protists and fungus to plants and animals culminating with a study of the human anatomy. Each semester, long-term inquiry based labs will engage students in the scientific method while they discover how to design and implement controlled experiments. Lab work continues throughout the year, helping students to gain proficiency in the use of the microscope, dissection and culture techniques.
Grade 10 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science or Department recommendation
FALL: Students trace the history of biological study and gain understanding of the living cell and its relationships to other cells, heredity, and microbiology. The semester culminates with the study of human anatomy. Laboratory activities reinforce topics and involve intensive use of the microscope.
SPRING: Topics such as protozoan, algae, fungi, seed plants, and invertebrate animals are studied. Laboratory work continues to help students gain proficiency in use of the microscope as a tool as well as introducing dissection and culture techniques.
Grades 10 - 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science or CPB Physical Science plus Department recommendation
Biology as a topic is essential for an informed citizen. Centered on levels of organization that make up the living condition, students study cellular chemistry, division, growth and inheritance, followed by specialization at the tissue level, and culminating in the morphology and physiology of organs. Current issues in biology, including environmental concerns and bioethics, are studied. Laboratory work focuses on techniques for viewing and growing cells, manipulating tissues and organs, and involve individual as well as group presentations of experimental results.
COMBINATION SCIENCE FOR FRESHMEN
Grade 9 / 10 Credits Prerequisite: A- or better in Algebra 1 & 8th grade Earth Science end of January plus recommendation.
These courses incorporate content of Physical Science (405 bellow) and Biology (430 below), plus advanced topics in optics, organic chemistry, plant and human anatomy and physiology. Course pair meets ten periods per week. and may involve topics in Biology and Physical Science in a different order and include extended inquiry based lab investigations.
Use Course numbers:
Biology Honors 422
Physical Science Honors 423
Grades 11-12 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry
Lab demonstrations are part of the course. Selected topics covered:
- Human Organization (cellular morphology and systems of the body)
- Human Homeostasis (cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, digestive, respiratory and excretory systems)
- Human Movement (skeletal and muscular systems)
- Human Coordination (nervous, sensory and endocrine systems).
Topics in the process of science, advances in medical practice and bioethics are presented initiating exciting class discussion.