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Science
Matt Ford

Jessica Goodman

John Vreyens



Course Descriptions
FOUNDATIONS OF GENERAL SCIENCE 
(lab sci.) (full year) 

The specific content of Integrated Science draws upon the principles of several scientific specialties— earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics—and organizes the material around thematic units. Common themes covered include systems, models, energy, patterns, change, and constancy. These courses use appropriate aspects from each specialty to investigate applications of the theme. A foundational basis of science including the Inquiry process, the history and Nature of Science, and science in personal and social perspectives is included in each theme. 
Prerequisite: none 


BIOLOGY 
(lab sci.) (full year) 

A comprehensive, one-year laboratory science course which covers basic biological principles, cells, genetics, evolution, ecology, microorganisms, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. This course covers animal diversity. Labs are conducted throughout the year to give the student hands-on experience with the different biological subjects. This course covers all of the state science standards in life science and meets the requirements for a high school lab science as well as meets the requirements for college entrance. 
Prerequisite: none 


HONORS BIOLOGY 
(lab. sci.) (full year) 

This course covers the same material as regular Biology but in more depth. The students will be able to pursue advanced lab techniques including hydroponics. The course includes experimental design practices and hands-on activities. Will be investigating topics in addition to regular Biology including: plant cloning, biotechnology techniques, DNA Analysis, electrophoresis, and other topics. Requires in depth reading and study of Biological concepts. The course is designed for students interested in pursuing science as a career or in college. 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. 
 

EARTH SCIENCE 
(lab. Sci.) (full year) 

This course is a lab science, which investigates the physical planet earth, history of the earth, and focuses on land, water and air compositions, cycles and functions. The course surveys the fields of meteorology, geology and astronomy. 
Prerequisite: Passing grade in Biology. 


ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY 
(lab. sci.) (full year) 

This course covers the study and function of the human body. Cells, tissues, integument, skeletal, muscular, nervous and other systems of the body will be studied, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. This course requires animal dissection. 
Prerequisite: Passing grade in Biology. 

CHEMISTRY 
(lab. sci.) (full year) 

Chemistry is a hands-on, laboratory-based physical science course focusing on the properties and interactions of matter. Topics covered include the metric system and measurement, atomic theory, chemical equations, chemical bonding, gases, solutions, acids and bases, and the periodic table. A large portion of the class time will be spent on hands-on activities, including numerous labs, group activities, and class projects. 
Prerequisite: C or better in both Biology and Algebra I. 


PHYSICS 
(lab. sci.) (full year) 

Physics is a laboratory-based physical science course. Topics covered include motion, electricity (static and current), magnetism, waves, light/optics, and sound. A large portion of the class time will be spent on hands-on activities, including numerous labs, group activities, and class projects. 
Prerequisite: Algebra II 


SCIENCE LAB ASSISTANT 
(lab. sci.) (full year) 

This course allows interested students to obtain hands-on experience with real-life science. The students are required to set-up labs for other science classes as needed. In addition, the students will be required to evaluate, trouble-shoot, and solve problems after labs are completed. Students will conduct their own experiments including the experimental design. 
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. 


AP BIOLOGY 
(lab sci.) (full year) 

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes — energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. The Advanced Placement Program® enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both — while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. Students who earn a qualifying score on an AP Exam are typically eligible to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses in college. AP exams cost $95 each but the College Board provides a $30 fee reduction for each exam taken by eligible students with financial need, depending on the student's state. Since dual enrollment tuition is not paid for by the student, the administration team has chosen to pay for the exam since there is no tuition costs associated with AP classes. 
Prerequisite: Must have taken Biology