Physical Science, Physical Science Honors

Physical Science is designed to create a foundation for further study in the areas of chemistry and physics.  Terms are introduced and activities designed to expose students to the basic concepts of scientific inquiry and the International System of Measurement.  The chemistry portion of the course provides the students with an understanding of matter and elements, the structure of atoms, and chemical bonds and reactions.  The physics portion of the course continues to reinforce the scientific method of investigation while incorporating formulas, terms and calculations used to answer questions about motion and forces, work and energy, heat and temperature, waves, sound, light and electricity. Physical Science can be used to bring students from various backgrounds to a solid starting point for the study of future science courses.

Biology I, Biology I Honors

This is a required course whose purpose is to examine the many different aspects of life. The objectives of this course include gaining an understanding of the complexity and organization of living things, their classification and distribution in the world, and the interactions between living things and their

environment. Topics covered include the characteristics of life, the cell, biochemistry and energy, genetics, classification and distribution, and principles of ecology.

Biology II, Biology II Honors

This course is designed for students thinking of medical or paramedical careers or for students who desire more than an elementary introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the body.  Students will learn the names and functions of each of the organs in the systems of the human body and will gain an appreciation for the ways in which each of the body’s systems interact.

Biology II AP

Advanced Placement Biology includes topics regularly covered in a college biology course.  This course is designed to be taken by students who have taken a first course in high school biology and chemistry as well.  Its purpose is to provide students with a conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal with the rapidly changing science of biology.

Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Chemistry I, Chemistry I Honors

Chemistry deals with the composition of all matter and the changes in composition which matter undergoes.  Facts are gathered and arranged in meaningful patterns which reveal regularities that lead to an understanding of nature.  This course includes the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and a brief introduction to organic chemistry.  Topics covered include measurement, basic concepts of matter, structure of the atom, periodic classification of the elements, the structure of compounds, chemical nomenclature, calculations involving elements and compounds, chemical equations, gases, liquids, solids, acids, and bases.

Chemistry II AP

Chemistry AP is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college.  The emphasis of the course is on problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Lecture topics include the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, and the basic concepts of thermodynamics.  Students are expected to perform in a laboratory setting equivalent to that of a typical college course.  These laboratory experiments play a major role in the reinforcing and understanding of the concepts covered in class. Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Physics

Physics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the relationships between matter and energy and attempt to explain the ways in which the universe operates.  It includes units on measurement, mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and waves. It emphasizes practical applications; however, physics takes a conceptual approach, whereas, the Honors course takes a more mathematical approach.  This course requires higher order thinking skills and a strong math background.

Physics I AP

AP Physics I is equivalent to a first semester college course in algebra-based physics.  The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound.  It also introduces electrical circuits.  No prior understanding of physics is necessary to enroll in this course.  Students will be required to take the AP exam in May.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a contemporary course designed to enlighten students about the world around us and how we affect and interact with the environment.  Particular emphasis is placed on the wetlands, and the health, preservation, and reconstruction of this vital local ecosystem.  Students will draw on prior knowledge of biology and physical science to address the issues and discuss possible solutions to achieve sustainability for humans and the planet.

Science Independent Study: Genetics Honors

In Genetics, students will review basic inheritance of traits and will learn to solve problems involving more complex inheritance patterns, including genetic interactions.  Students will research modern findings in DNA research and genetic engineering.  Such topics as linkage, chromosome mapping, genetic ratios, cytogenetics, and population genetics will be researched.  Students will read articles relating to the ethical questions and case studies in genetics and study the relationships between genes and the environment.  Students will perform genetic crosses with plants and research genetic mutations.

Science Independent Study: Marine Science Honors

Marine Science is an integrated science that introduces students to the study of the ocean. It includes units on the history and methodology of the study of the ocean, marine biology (the student of life in the sea), oceanography (the study of the chemistry, physics, and geology of the ocean), and the interactions of the physical and biological characteristics of the ocean and how they affect marine ecology.

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