A required course for all students. This course will focus on learning about our planet's resourses such as soil, plants, food, water and animals. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle
Academic Biology is a required course for academic students. This course explores the theories, concepts, and factual information needed to understand living organisms and life. Laboratory work and techniques are an important part of the course. A research paper and oral presentation are required. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle
General Biology is a required course for all non-academic students. The course is designed as an overview of all aspects and parameters of the biological science that surrounds us in our everyday lives. As an extended part of this course, the students are encouraged to respect all forms of life as they are essential for the continual existence of our fragile ecosystem and, ultimately, the Earth. The students are required to complete various projects throughout the course. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
( 78% or better in Biology, 78% or better in Chemistry)
This is an academic elective whose course content will expand upon those topics offered in the prerequisites and extend beyond the general scope. Teaching techniques will include individual laboratory work, lecture and indepentant study, and will require additional time beyond the scheduled periods. May include animal dissection. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(Prerequisite: 2 Science credits: General Science & Biology)
Ecology is an elective for students. An understanding of basic ecological concepts is applied to environmental problems and their possible solutions. A large portion of the course focuses on gaining an understanding of the significance, status and preservation of our natural resources. 1 elective credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Academic Chemistry (General Science & Academic Biology)
This is an academic course with less emphasis on math for students who wish to learn more about the basic properties of matter as well as the impact of chemistry on their everyday lives. The topics will include composition of matter, the Periodic Table, chemical reactions, chemical energy, acids and bases, and an introduction to other areas of chemistry. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(General Science, Algebra II, and Academic Biology)
This course is designed for students having a strong interest in pursuing careers in science, engineering, or medical related fields. Problem solving is a fundamental part of this course and students should have a strong math background in algebra. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of chemical principles and will be prepared to take advanced science courses. A TI-83 or equivalent graphing calculator is required for this course. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry
and Pre-Calculus or concurrently.)
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. This course supplemented with independent study will prepare students for the AP Chemistry Exam taken in May. A TI-83 or equivalent graphing calculator is required for this course. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Physical Science (Prerequisite:
This is a non-academic one credit course that fulfills the chemistry/physics sciences requirement. Chemistry topics will include matter, energy, acids & bases, and environmental chemistry. Physics topics will include motion, forces, waves and energy. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
This academic course provides students both a conceptual and hands-on approach to fundamental topics in physics. There will be less emphasis on mathematics. Topics include motion, forces, work, energy, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear science. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
Honors Physics (Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus or concurrently)
This course offers an advanced mathematical approace to fundamental topics in physics. Topics include vectors, mechanics, heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, properties of matter and wave theory. This course is designed for students with a strong interest in pursuring careers in science or engineering. Students should have a strong math background and should have completed or be enrolled in pre-calculus. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.
(Prerequisite: Honors Physics,
This is a second year course recommended for students planning to enroll in science or engineering-related college programs. This course offers an advanced mathematical approach to fundamental topics in physics. Topics include waves and optics, electricity, magnetism, modern physics, and nuclear physics. This course will prepare students to take the AP Physics B test offered by the Board in May. 1 credit - 6 periods/cycle.