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Mission Statement
 
The mission of the Science Department is to develop well-rounded productive members of society by infusing the arts into rigorous college preparatory curriculum where students achieve academic excellence, social responsibility, self-expression, and life-long learning.
 
 
BIOLOGY
Course Code: 2603
Grade Level: 9-10
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: None
 
This course is designed to give the students a general understanding of the biological processes. This class will focus on cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and physiology to develop an understanding of the complexity of living organisms. Understanding how to scientifically problem solve and use higher levels of thinking will be intertwined in the curriculum throughout the year.
 
 
HONORS BIOLOGY
Course Code: 2604
Grade Level: 9-10
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: None
 
This course is designed to give the students a general understanding of the biological processes. This class will focus on cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and physiology to develop an understanding of the complexity of living organisms. Understanding how to scientifically problem solve and use higher levels of thinking will be intertwined in the curriculum throughout the year.
 
 
CHEMISTRY
Course Code: 2607
Grade Level: 10-12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Biology and Algebra I
 
This course explores the chemical and physical properties of matter. It uses measurement, calculation and analytical thinking to create a better understanding of the chemical and physical laws that govern the organization and behavior of matter. Students will be able to classify matter; comprehend atomic structure and electron arrangement; understand periodic law and chemical bonding; use chemical formulas and balance chemical equations; solve Stoichiometry problems; compare and contrast the phases of matter; characterize the properties of acids and bases; explain reaction energy and chemical equilibrium; balance oxidation-reduction reactions; describe the functional groups of organic molecules; and explore nuclear chemistry. In addition, students will perform a wide range of qualitative and quantitative laboratory investigations; apply the scientific method; develop hypotheses; use variables; and collect, manipulate, graph, and interpret data from laboratory investigations.
 
 
Science Department Electives
 
AP BIOLOGY
Course Code 2670
Grade Level: 11-12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, and teacher recommendation and/or an incoming assessment
 
AP Biology is a rigorous class taught at the college level and is the equivalent of the first year of biology offered at major universities throughout the country. Students use college level textbooks, complete college level units, and explore the complex world of biology by performing college level labs. Based on the AP College Board curriculum framework, students will come to understand the four “Big Ideas” in biological concepts. These ideas cover how evolution drives the diversity of life; biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain homeostasis; living systems store, retrieve, transmit and respond to information essential to life processes; and biological systems interact and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.
 
 
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Course Code: 2655
Grade Level: 11-12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
 
Anatomy and Physiology is a life science course designed to help students understand the complex structures (anatomy) and functions (physiology) of the human body. Basic biological principles will be utilized to gain insight into the workings of each organ and organ system, with emphasis placed on the interrelationships and inter-dependencies among the various systems.
 
 
PHYSICS
Course Code: 2613
Grade Level: 2
Semesters: 11-12
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
 
The science of physics focuses on the laws of nature that help to explain real world phenomenon. Although this course has a conceptual focus, throughout the year students will use measurement, observation, and the language of mathematics to better their understanding of how those laws govern the physical world. Among other things, students will be able to calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration; apply Newton’s Laws of Motion; demonstrate the effects of force on the motion of an object; identify evidence for the work-energy theorem; describe examples of kinetic and potential energy along with their transformations; use conservation of energy and momentum to solve problems; identify the characteristics and behaviors of sound and electromagnetic waves; and recognize the relationships between electricity and magnetism. In addition, students will conduct field and laboratory investigations; apply the scientific method; develop hypotheses; use variables; and collect, manipulate, graph and interpret data from laboratory investigations.