Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Biology I           Chemistry I    Integrated Chemistry - Physics
Biology II                   Earth and Space Science             Science Research, Independent Study

 

BIOLOGY I (L) – 3024 (BIO I)

Biology I is a course based on the following core topics:  cellular chemistry, structure and reproduction; matter cycles and energy transfer; interdependence of organisms; molecular basis of heredity; genetics and evolution.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory, and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

  • Recommended Grade Level:  10
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts to fulfill the Biology requirement for the General (Class of 2010 and subsequent classes), Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

BIOLOGY II (L) – 3026 (BIO II)

Biology II is an advanced laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Biology II examine in greater depth the structures, functions, and processes of living organisms.  Students also analyze and describe the relationship of Earth’s living organisms to each other and to the environment in which they live.  In this course, students refine their scientific inquiry skills as they collaboratively and independently apply their knowledge of the unifying themes of biology to biological questions and problems related to personal and community issues in the life sciences.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 10
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Biology I
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

CHEMISTRY I (L) – 3064 (CHEM I)

Chemistry I is a course based on the following core topics:  properties and states of matter; atomic structure; bonding; chemical reactions; solution chemistry; behavior of gases; and organic chemistry.   Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 10-12
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra II (can be taken concurrently)
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts to fulfill the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE I (L) – 3044 (EAS SCI I)

Earth and Space Science I is a course focused on the following core topics:  study of the earth’s layers; atmosphere and hydrosphere; structure and scale of the universe; the solar system and earth processes.  Students analyze and describe Earth’s interconnected systems and examine how Earth’s materials, landforms, and continents are modified across geological time.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory, and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 9-10
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY-PHYSICS (L) – 3108 (ICP)

Integrated Chemistry-Physics is a course focused on the following core topics:  motion and energy of macroscopic objects; chemical, electrical, mechanical and nuclear energy; properties of matter; transport of energy; magnetism; energy production and its relationship to the environment and economy.  Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures

  • Recommended Grade Level:  9
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I (may be taken concurrently with this course)
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts to fulfill the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

SCIENCE RESEARCH, INDEPENDENT STUDY (L) – 3008 (SCI RSRCH IS)

Science Research, Independent Study is a course that provides students with unique opportunities for independent, in-depth study of one or more specific scientific problems. Students develop a familiarity with the laboratory procedures used in a given educational, research, or industrial setting or a variety of such settings.  Students enrolled in this course will complete a science fair project to be exhibited at a regional science fair and/or state science symposium, an end-of-course project, such as a scientific research paper, or some other suitable presentation of their findings.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Two credits in Core 40 and AHD science coursework (this course may be taken concurrently with a Core 40 and AHD science course)
  • Credits: A two-credit course
  • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.