The following courses comprise the science curriculum:

Advanced Biology                                                                       Course # S240

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                        1.0 Credit

The two semester Advanced Biology course, designed to prepare you to take a college level Biology course, will acquaint you with the main themes in biology. The course is designed to be equivalent to a two-semester college Introductory biology course taken by biology majors and covers the topics of molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, organisms and populations. The first semester, will focus on chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, and evolutionary biology. The second semester of the course will focus on the diversity of organisms, the structure and function of plants and animals, and ecology. Class activities will include discussion, problem solving, online lab simulations and other interactive activities, lab reports, and an exploration project. The labs will be performed via online lab simulations, six each semester. Extensive practice in essay writing and in understanding and responding to multiple choice questions are an integral part of the class.

 Books/ Materials: The World of Biology 4th Edition


AP Biology                                                                                       Course # S230

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                     1.0 Credit

This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement examination in Biology.  It is designed for the college bound student who wishes to enrich his/her knowledge of biology and develop more advanced skills and techniques.  It is based on the national Advanced Placement curriculum in Biology.

 Books/ Materials: The World of Biology 4th Edition


AP Chemistry                                                                               Course # S330

Prerequisite: Chemistry                                                                  1.0 Credit

 The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. For other students, the AP Chemistry course fulfills the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses.

AP Chemistry should meet the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.

Books/ Materials: Introductory Chemistry, 5th Edition

AP Physics I
                                                                                    Course # S420

Prerequisite: Physics                                                                         1.0 Credit

This course is designed for identified and selected students.  The students in this course are expected to take the AP Physics exam.  An emphasis will be placed on the development of problem solving.  This course provides a foundation in physics for students planning further study in the life science, pre-medicine, and some applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science.

 Books/ Materials: AP Physics 5th Edition

                                                                                                Course # S210

Prerequisite: None                                                                              1.0 Credit

 The subject matter in this course includes general scientific principles which explain how living things function, develop, and interact with the environment.  Instruction is designed to promote student discovery, to encourage involvement in the appreciation of scientific methods, and to develop skills in using the equipment and instruments through laboratory experiences.

 Books/ Materials: Biology: The Dynamics of Life 4th Edition


Chemistry                                                                                        Course # S320

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                         1.0 Credit

This course provides students with the acquisition of the language of chemistry and the process skills needed to investigate the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes.  Students apply mathematical skills to observe, make measurements, and interpret data.  Emphasis is placed on the completion of laboratory investigations with properly written reports, the analysis of the relationships between matter and energy, on problem- solving through interpreting the periodic table, on the applications of gas laws, moles, stoichiometry, on the preparation and properties of solutions, and the analysis of unknowns.  Students are required to complete an individual or group experimental project on a topic of interest.  Interactive instructional technology is used to enhance and support learning including computers, software, telecommunications technology, VHS/DVD recorder/player, and other tools and methods.

 Books/ Materials: Chemistry 3rd Edition


Genetics                                                                                           Course # 0G50

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                          0.5 Credit

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have already taken a course in biology and wish to extend their knowledge of genetics.  The course is an activity-oriented, hands-on, investigative program intended to train students in the skills necessary to study the cellular mechanisms of inheritance.  Topics for required student research projects include cellular reproduction, complex traits, DNA structure and replication, the human genome project, population genetics and human origins.

 Books/ Materials: Biology: The Dynamic of Life


Honors Biology                                                                                Course # S220

Prerequisite: None                                                                               1.0 Credit

 Honors Biology is a year-long introductory course in the life sciences. This course of study will include brief studies of all the major facets of living organisms-including cell structure and function; a survey of the plant kingdom, selected topics in human anatomy, physiology, genetics/hereditary, reproduction and an introduction to major ecological and evolutionary concepts. The honors class will move at a faster pace than the regular section of Biology and will be expected to handle more material.

Books/ Materials: Biology: The Dynamics of Life 4th Edition

Human Anatomy & Physiology                                                Course # S160

Prerequisite: Biology                                                                         0.5 Credit

This semester course focuses on the functions of living organisms.  The primary emphasis is on human functions with extensive laboratory work.  The functions of cells, tissue, and organs are studied.  Requirements include individual research and reading of journals.

 Books/ Materials: Human Biology

Physics                                                                                               Course # S410

Prerequisite: Geometry                                                                      1.0 Credit

This course is a study of the physical properties and interrelationships of matter and energy.  Some topics covered are scientific inquiry, astronomy, optics, motion, force, electricity, magnetism and nucleonics.  Students should expect one or more research projects.

 Books/ Materials: Physics Principles and Problems


Senior Science Project                                                                 Course # SC50

Prerequisite: Must be a senior                                                           0.5 Credit

Students will learn how to utilize critical thinking and scientific problem-solving when designing and performing scientific research.  The student will also demonstrate proficiency in content-comprehension and in the oral, graphic, and written communication of the results of the scientific investigation.

 Books/ Materials: Science project materials