This is an introductory course in which students study the fundamental concepts of biology. The unity and diversity of life are emphasized through the studies of cells, the chemistry of life, classification, genetics, evolution, ecology, and the structure and function of all life forms from bacteria to man.
Science-26.01207161 Honors Biology
Biology is the study of living things. The goal of biology is to gain a better understanding of living organisms, how they work, and how they interact with their environment. Through study, students will learn and apply basic concepts and assumptions to describe a broad range of phenomena in the world of living things. Our studies in this course will include a comprehensive look at cells, heredity, ecology, taxonomy, and evolution. As an honors course, we will emphasize a strong laboratory component as well as cover information in greater depth than the regular course. Students who succeed in Honors Biology will be eligible to continue on to Honors Chemistry at the conclusion of the year.
Science- 26.0730752 Anatomy
The goal of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the structure and functions of the human body with an emphasis on homeostasis. Students begin their study with the chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of organization of the human body before learning the various body systems. Students work cooperatively in lab groups. Microscopes and prepared slides are used to investigate histology. Laboratory work includes dissections of a sheep brain, sheep heart, sheep eye, and fetal pig.
This traditional course in chemistry uses experimentation, observation, and problem solving to reinforce a study of atomic theory, bonding, chemical periodicity, metric measurement, chemical reactions, and the primary states of matter. Students use mathematical skills to analyze and synthesize quantitative data and to solve problems in chemistry. Emphasis is also placed on developing problem solving skills, a disciplined approach to study, and skills in writing reports through the critical thinking and analytical reasoning required in the scientific method. An important aspect of this work is learning to apply safety skills and the ability to work in groups. Students must submit lab reports and are responsible for keeping up with assignments.
Science-40.0510712 Honors Chemistry
This course provides a comprehensive coverage of principles of general chemistry. It differs from the regular chemistry course in that more topics are covered, the topics are covered in greater depth, and a more quantitative approach is followed. In this laboratory-based course, students will explore the topics covered in Chemistry 40.0510711, and additionally cover the following topics: thermochemistry, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry. Students who perform well in this course may be eligible to take AP Chemistry.
This class is an introductory college preparatory course in physics. Emphasis is placed on learning and understanding the principles and concepts of physics as well as the solution of problems. Students apply these concepts in laboratory activities. Students are required to write detailed lab reports on these activities. Students are also required to use their skills in Algebra, Trigonometry, vector analysis and graphing in their problem solving, so Pre-Calculus is a recommended prerequisite or co-requisite for the course. This physics class qualifies as a prerequisite course for Advanced Placement Physics.
Science-26.0610711 Environmental Science
This course provides students with the scientific principles and concepts that enable them to understand the earth’s interconnected systems, to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and manmade, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems. Method of instruction includes substantial laboratory and field components that focus on student data collection and analysis. Biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and technology concepts will be integrated throughout the course. The major topics to be emphasized include flow of energy and cycling of matter, interconnection of all life, the stability and change in an ecosystem, conservation and resource allocation, evaluation of human activity and technology. Pre-requisites: Chemistry and Biology.
Science-40.0007012 Science Explorations (Elective)
The Science Explorations course provides the student with the opportunity learn and use the scientific method in order to develop projects of the student’s own design. Students are expected to perform research, present findings, and display a project at the school science fair or at the region Science Olympiad competition.
Science-40.0840711 Advanced Placement Physics
Students who have already completed an introductory physics course may take Advanced Placement Physics B. This course covers a broad range of physics principles with an emphasis on problem solving and an insight to real-world applications. Topics in classical and 20th century physics include mechanics, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. Advanced Placement Physics B is modeled after a one-year college level physics class designed for students majoring in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science. The class assumes prior knowledge of trigonometry. Students participate in lab activities and write detailed lab reports. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Departmental approval is required to register for AP Physics.
Science-40.0530711 Advanced Placement Chemistry
Students who have already completed an introductory chemistry course learn and apply the basic principles, concepts, and operations of college chemistry. Topics include atomic theory, bonding, periodicity, acid-base chemistry, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium and thermodynamics. Students use computers with interactive learning software, maintain a laboratory notebook, and use scientific calculators to solve problems. The course requires extensive home preparation that must be done nightly. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Departmental approval is required to register for AP Chemistry.