Science Course Descriptions

0306 Biology

  • Grade Level: 9-10
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: None
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Biology is a laboratory based course. In biology, students will study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms. Students will independently design and carry out investigations, and communicate results.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Ecology
  • Matter and Energy
  • Homeostasis
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Cell Division and Reproduction
  • Evolution through Natural Selection

State Course: 03051A000, Biology

0303 Biology 9 Accelerated

  • Grade Level: 9
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
  • NCAA Approved

Description: AC Biology is an accelerated laboratory based course. In AC Biology, students will study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution of living organisms. Students will independently design and carry out investigations, and communicate results. Concepts are covered in more depth, at a faster pace, and students have more responsibility for their learning.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Ecology
  • Matter and Energy
  • Homeostasis
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Cell Division and Reproduction
  • Evolution through Natural Selection

State Course: 03051A000, Biology

0312 Integrated Science

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: None
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Integrated Science Curriculum will explore scientific topics and their endless applications to everyday life. Over the two semesters of study, students will utilize the principles of scientific research to explore interactions between Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology, and Ecology.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • The Nature and Formation of the Universe
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Earth Systems
  • Co-evolution of Life and Earth
  • Species Diversity
  • Human Impact on the Environment

State Course: 03201A000, Integrated Science

03330 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Anatomy and Physiology is a rigorous course for students who desire a more detailed explanation of some of the functions and structures of the human body. This course will be similar in content to a college level Anatomy and Physiology course. Other laboratory investigations and patient case studies are also included.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Homeostasis
  • Engineering
  • Cellular Processes
  • Structures & Functions
  • Dissection

State Course: 03053A000, Anatomy and Physiology


0335 Environmental Science

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: One previous year of science.
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Environmental Science will lead students to a better understanding of the environmental issues facing our world today. Through participation in labs, group activities, and discussions, students will be able to analyze the impact humans have on the environment and develop environmental citizenry.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Earth’s spheres
  • Biodiversity & Natural Selection
  • Population Dynamics
  • Energy Flow
  • Fossil Fuels and Alternative Energy

State Course: 03003A000, Environmental Science

0308 Chemistry

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra I
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Chemistry is a laboratory based class that focuses on the atom, molecular structure, nuclear and chemical reactions, and the energy changes involved in chemical and physical processes.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Algebra, Dimensional Analysis, Modeling, Graphing & Data Analysis
  • Atomic Structure & Nuclear Reactions
  • Electrons & Periodic Trends
  • Bonding & Intermolecular Forces
  • Reactions & Energy
  • Moles & Stoichiometry

State Course: 03101A000, Chemistry

0310 Chemistry Accelerated

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology Accelerated and a “B” or higher in Algebra I
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Chemistry is an accelerated laboratory based class that focuses on the atom, molecular structure, nuclear and chemical reactions, and the energy changes involved in chemical and physical processes. Concepts are covered in more depth, at a faster pace, and students have more responsibility for their learning.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Algebra, Dimensional Analysis, Modeling, Graphing & Data Analysis
  • Atomic Structure & Nuclear Reactions
  • Electrons & Periodic Trends
  • Bonding & Intermolecular Forces
  • Reactions & Energy
  • Moles & Stoichiometry

State Course: 03101A000, Chemistry

0324 Physics

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: 1 credit in Science and Algebra 1
  • NCAA Approved

Description: This is an algebra-based course integrating concepts of trigonometry and geometry. Physics concepts will be taught through inquiry labs, problem solving, and projects.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Metric conversion
  • Kinematics: Newton’s Laws
  • Work energy and simple machines
  • Gravitational forces
  • Waves, optics, sound, and energy
  • Electricity, static electricity

State Course: 03151A000, Physics

0320 Advanced Placement Biology AP Class Weighted

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology or AC Biology
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Laboratory based course that is equivalent to a first year college biology course. It builds on concepts covered in first year biology. Students have the option to take the AP exam in the spring in order to earn college credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Scientific method and Biomolecules
  • Evolution
  • Genetics and Central Dogma
  • Homeostasis
  • Cellular Energy
  • Ecology

State Course: 03056A000, AP Biology

0330 Advanced Placement Chemistry AP Class Weighted

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Laboratory based course that is equivalent to a first year college chemistry course. It builds on concepts covered in first year chemistry, focusing on kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. Students have the option to take the AP exam in the spring in order to earn college credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Data Analysis, Modeling & Graphing
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium Reactions
  • Acid-Base Reactions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Thermodynamics

State Course: 03106A000, AP Chemistry

0338 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Advanced Topics in Environmental Science directly involves students in gathering, analyzing and reporting data from visits to a variety of natural ecosystems. Many of the lab experiences take place out of doors, in a variety of weather conditions. This is a unique and rigorous course. A personal connection to nature through environmental literature, projects, discussions and experiences help students develop understanding of and make connections between learning and real-world issues. major themes: Human Impact, global Challenges, Carrying Capacity, and Changing Ecosystems

State Course: 03003A000, Environmental Science

0326 Physics Accelerated

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: 1 credit in Science and Math (Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Concurrent)
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Accelerated physics concepts will be taught through inquiry labs, problem solving, and projects. Higher mathematical concepts in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry must be understood prior to taking this class.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Kinematics: Newton’s Laws
  • Work energy, simple machines, rotational motion
  • Contact and noncontact forces
  • Buoyancy and fluid pressure
  • Thermodynamics
  • Waves, optics, sound, and energy

State Course: 03151A000, Physics

0327 Advancement Placement Physics 1 AP Class Weighted

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Concurrent
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 concepts will be taught through inquiry labs, problem solving, and projects. Higher mathematical concepts in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry must be understood prior to taking this class. Students have the option to take the AP exam in the spring in order to earn college credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Work energy, simple machines, rotational motion
  • Contact and noncontact forces
  • Waves, Optics, Sound, and Energy

State Course: 03163A000, AP Physics1

0328 Advanced Placement Physics C AP Class Weighted

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Physics and concurrent enrollment in either Pre-Calculus OR AP Calculus
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Concepts will be taught through inquiry labs, problem solving, and projects. Higher mathematical concepts in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry must be understood prior to taking this class. Basic calculus will be used. Students have the option to take the AP exam in the spring in order to earn college credit. The subjects of Electricity/Magnetism and Mechanics will be alternated yearly.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Electric fields
  • Electric forces and laws
  • Capacitors and capacitance
  • Circuits
  • Magnets and magnetic fields
  • Electric forces and gravitational forces
  • Mechanics
  • Kinematics, Newtonian Laws
  • Work, Power, and Energy
  • Momentum and Collision
  • Circular Motion
  • Oscillation
  • Gravitational Forces

State Course: 03156A000, AP Physics

0336 Advanced Placement Environmental Science AP Class Weighted

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology (B or better) Biology Accelerated or Environmental Science and Algebra 1
  • NCAA Approved

Description: The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles regarding the natural world to identify, analyze and evaluate environmental problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. This is a rigorous lab-based course, which will include field data collection, student-driven experiments, and the ability to collaborate with other students. Students have the option to take the AP exam in the spring in order to earn college credit.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Earth Systems and Resources
  • The Living World
  • Population Dynamics
  • Land and Water Use
  • Energy Resources and Consumption
  • Pollution
  • Global Change

State Course: 03207A000, AP Environmental Science

0615 Botany Dual Credit (Highland CC) Weighted

  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Students will gain knowledge on concepts of plant growth and reproduction. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in hand on labs, and projects within the greenhouse.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Plant Anatomy & Physiology
  • Seed Germination Processes
  • Propagation Methods

State Course: 03058A000, Botany

3602 Animal Science (BSAA) Dual Credit (Highland CC) Weighted

  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology
  • NCAA Approved

Description: Students will gain knowledge on principles of animal anatomy and physiology with a focus on livestock production and management. Throughout the course of the year students are also give several opportunities to gain hands on experience with animals through projects within the class.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Poultry Production
  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Reproduction

State Course: 03999A000, Life and Physical Sciences Other

03340 Microbiology

  • Grade Level: 10-12
  • Credits Earned: 1.0
  • Prerequisite: Biology
  • NCAA Approved

Description: This laboratory based course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of microorganisms and the disease process as well as aseptic and sterile techniques.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Disease & Epidemiology
  • Lab Techniques
  • Science & Society
  • Climate Change
  • Food Production

State Course: 03060A000, Microbiology

07810 Intro to Health Occupations

  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Credits Earned: 0.5
  • Prerequisite: None

Description: Intro to Health Care Occupations will provide students an introduction to the healthcare industry. Students will learn an overview of health care delivery and patient care including assessment of vital signs, body mechanics, and diet. They will also be exposed to several different types of medical equipment and learn how they are used.

Major Topics or Themes: (additional topics may be covered)

  • Health Care Delivery
  • Patient Care
  • Medical Terminology
  • Hygiene and disease prevention
  • Ethical and legal responsibilities

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