Science department offers a wide variety of courses that enhance student's academically and promotes student awareness of the natural world around them. Below is a list of courses and descriptions:
Students are required to take three courses for graduation. The following is the suggested sequence:
Freshmen - Earth Science
Sophomores - Biology or Honors Biology
Juniors - Introduction to Chemistry and Physics or Chemistry or Physics
Required Courses: Earth Science is the most fundamental of the sciences, with the greatest number of applications to our lives and our world. Earth Science is a blend of many different sciences, including geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Earth scientists, in these different specialties, study and model the processes that change our planet. Some of these changes take place in a matter of seconds and others take millions of years to occur. Students with a basic understanding of earth processes and who have learned to think critically are ready to make intelligent decisions about scientific and environmental problems.
Biology I is the scientific study of living things. This course has two main components; Ecology and Cellular Biology. Ecology covers topics under the scope of environmental science. Topics will be presented that will enable students to understand how all living things interact with each other and their environments. Students will study the diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles on Earth. In addition they will learn about evolution and classifications of living organisms. Cellular biology deals with cells and the molecular processes of all plants and animals. Students will acquire knowledge of cell structure and function as well as genetics and heredity. Students will acquire practical scientific skills in which they can use to investigate, study, and explain the world around them.
Introduction to Chemistry and Physics (ICP) is a required High School Class for graduation. ICP students will use scientific methods and experimentation to study matter and energy. Students will use hands-on activities and manipulative's to discover how matter and energy react and perform in different situations. Students will use critical thinking skills to solve matter and energy problems.
Elective Courses :
Chemistry (required if student does not take ICP)
Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. Because living and nonliving things are made of matter, chemistry affects all aspects of life and most natural events. Chemistry can be useful in explaining the natural world, preparing people for career opportunities, and producing informed citizens. In order to be successful in this course, students should have a strong mathematics background. In chemistry problem solving is an important set of skills that students must learn and develop through practice for adequate acquisition of concepts and skills.
Physics (required if student does not take ICP or Chemistry)
is the study of the natural laws of how the universe operates. It is the study of how physics governs every aspect of life; from existence to everything we experience through our sensory organs. Students will study topics from momentum and energy, forces and motion, gravity and light. Students will engage in several different investigations to discover how force and other aspects of physics affect our daily lives. Students will develop and apply problem-solving skills and mathematical models to describe and predict the behavior of physical systems.
Forensic science is the branch of science that deals with the law. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic foundation of understanding information and experiences that will broaden their knowledge of the field of forensic science and crime scene investigations. It is a multi-disciplinary course since it includes concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy & physiology, sociology, psychology, and the law. Students will learn to use deductive reasoning skills and apply the processes of these branches of science to the problems of identifying and prosecuting criminals. Students will have the opportunity to learn how physical evidence is collected and analyzed to use as a basis for interpreting what occurs during criminal investigations . This course is designed for students who are interested in learning how to apply various aspects of science to solving crimes.
Anatomy is the study of the location, appearances and relationships of body parts. Physiology explains the mechanisms that operate body activities. Anatomy and Physiology is a course in which students spend a great deal of time memorizing body parts and functions. Many assignments and activities will be geared to help facilitate this both inside and outside of class. The typical student in Anatomy and Physiology should be most likely interested in the health science career path and considering a career in the medical field.
Biology II is an in depth study of living things. This course is designed for students to acquire a more in depth study of the topics focused on in Biology I class. Students will expand their knowledge of living things using critical thinking skills to connect to real world issues. This course will provide students a deeper understanding of how biology impacts everyone's daily lives. Students will learn how biologists work, using the scientific method to look at problems objectively and make wise decisions concerning past, current, and future biological issues.