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The Sciences

  • Three (3) Science credits are required for graduation.
  • Freshman placement is based on results of the HSPT, grade school recommendations and other grade school standardized tests
  • Course advancement for the next school year will be based upon current instructor's recommendation

Biology I CPII

Biology I CPII is a study of life on earth from simple single celled organisms to the complex human being.  The course will discuss the effects of man's interaction with all life on earth.  In addition to the study of the many different living species, students will also study topics such as photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, disease, evolution, pollution, nutrition, and drug abuse. 

Course # 72117             1 credit 

Biology I CPI

Biology I is a detailed study of life on earth covering the five major kingdoms of organisms (monera, protista, fungi, plantae, anamalia) in their ascending order of complexity.  This course will also study topics such as photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, disease, evolution, pollution, nutrition, and drug abuse.  This course will emphasize the role human beings play and the reasons for the conservation and preservation of all living things.

Course # 72227            1 credit         

Biology I Honors

Biology I Honors is a course designed to challenge students academically and to prepare them for more advanced biology training.  Honors Biology will study the five major kingdoms of living organisms (monera, protista, fungi, plantae, anamalia).  This course will also cover topics such as photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, evolution, disease, pollution, nutrition, drug abuse, ecology, and conservation.

Course # 72337          1 credit

Biology II 

This course will cover topics such as: microbiology (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi), ecology (ecosystems, biospheres, environmental science), anthropology (human evolution), the plant kingdom (classification, structure and function, reproduction and responses), and vertebrates. Topics will be explored in much greater detail than in Biology I. This course will include lecture, labs, projects, and field trips. 

Course # 72447/72457     1 credit          Prerequisite:  Biology I and Chemistry  

Chemistry CPII  

Chemistry CPII is a course that surveys the eight following topics: Supplying Our H2O Needs,Conserving, Resources, Petroleum, Understanding Food,  Nuclear Chemistry, Chemistry,Air and Climate, Health: Your Risks and Choices, Chemical Industry: Promise and Challenge. By studying the text, observing the demonstrations, and participating in the experiments, the students will become more informed citizens capable of making better decisions.

Course # 73117         1 credit         Prerequisite:  Biology I

Chemistry CPI 

Chemistry CPI is a study of the facts, formulas, and principles of matter, energy, structure of the atom, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry, phases of matter, gas laws, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acid and base, and titration.  This course will prepare a student planning to pursue a non-science major for a college chemistry course.  The student will also become a more informed citizen capable of making better decisions.  By studying the text, observing the demonstrations, and participating in the experiments, a student will understand the basic concepts underlying the facts, formulas, and principles of chemistry. A lab workbook must be purchased from the school bookstore for this class.

Course # 73237         1 credit       Prerequisite:  Biology I

Chemistry Honors

This course will thoroughly prepare a student for a college chemistry class.  Students learn the facts, formulas, and principles of matter, energy, structure of the atom, chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry, phases of matter, gas laws, solutions, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, acid and base, oxidation and reduction,  electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Class goals will be accomplished by careful study of the text, outside reading and applications through demonstrations and laboratory experiments.  A lab workbook must be purchased from the school bookstore for this class.

Course # 73127          1 credit          Prerequisite:   Biology I, CPI or H

Chemistry II Honors / Advanced Placement 

Chemistry II Honors/AP is a course designed to complete all the topics taught at the college level in general chemistry.  This course follows the curriculum established by the College Board and prepares the students to take the Advanced Placement examination in General Chemistry.  It includes a review of Chemistry I and a more complete study of the structure of matter, states of matter, and reactions.  The course will include nuclear chemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry, organic chemistry biochemistry and electrochemistry and an intense laboratory component which will stress observation skills, data recording and interpretation in a written report.  Additional laboratory work is required for the AP component and will be done through Thomas More College on its campus after school. Students enrolled in Chemistry II H are not required to take the lab at Thomas More College.  A laboratory workbook must be purchased from the school bookstore for this class.

Honors Only Course # 73437/73447      1 credit. 

AP Course # 73557/73567        1 credit        Prerequisite:  Algebra II CPI/Honors and Chemistry CPI/Honors

Anatomy and Physiology 

Anatomy is the study of internal and external structures and the physical relationship between body parts.  Physiology is the study of how living organisms perform their vital functions.  The class will study the structures that make up the human body and the processes that allow the body to function on chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ system levels.

Course # 75117/75127             1 credit         Prerequisite:  Chemistry I

Health 

The Health course will explore wellness and its six dimensions (physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental and spiritual).  The students will discover the importance of being well in all of these dimensions in order to assist them in making decisions regarding health practices and human behavior.   Chapter tests and quizzes will be given as well as a project on a health topic.

Course # 71117; 1/2 credit        

Physical Education 

This course offers a broad range of physical activities designed to introduce students to the concept of lifetime sport and exercise.  It features team sports activities that can be used for future leisure pursuits, it teaches students to function effectively in athletic competition, and emphasizes the practice of good sportsmanship.  The course also explores the importance of sport in society and how it can benefit everyone.  Chapter tests will be given on each topic covered in class.  Students will also be required to keep an exercise log.  A physical education uniform must be purchased through the school’s spirit shop. This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis and is not computed for class rank or grade point average.

Course # 71217; 1/2 credit    

Physical Science

Physical Science is an introductory course designed to make all students literate in two specific areas of science: basic chemistry and basic physics.

Course # 71227/71237         1 credit 

Physics

This course will introduce the student to a quantitative view of the world by covering the following topics: mechanics, thermodynamics, sound optics, electricity, magnetism, and atomic physics. 

Course # 74237/74247         1 credit     Prerequisites:   Algebra II CPI/Honors and Chemistry CPI/Honors

Physics Advanced Placement 

This course is designed for those students who intend to pursue a career in science or a science-related field.  The topics covered are kinematics, dynamics, statics, conservation laws, rotational motion, and planetary mechanics.  These topics will be covered at a level comparable to a college class.

 Course # 74127/74137     1 credit             Prerequisites:   11th Grade:  Algebra II CPI/Honors, Chemistry CPI/ Honors  12th Grade: Recommendation of Physics instructor (if Physics has been taken in Junior year), or Recommendation of Guidance Counselor (if Physics has not been taken in Junior year)

 

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