Science

  • BIOLOGY I

    NOTE: This is a lab credit course. The prime objectives in biology are that the students: 1) learn and apply biological principles and theories, 2) be able to recognize the relationship of biology to themselves and the world around them, 3) appreciate all life and how to protect it, 4) investigate major biological problems in the world today, 5) demonstrate safe use of applicable basic laboratory techniques; and acquire an appreciation of advancements in science.

    HONORS BIOLOGY I

    NOTE: This is a lab credit course. This is a beginning biology course to be elected (instead of regular biology) by the above average student with a strong interest in science. Lab work emphasizes self-discovery and problem solving techniques. A high level of reading ability, self-motivation and recording of lab observations will be expected.

    CHEMISTRY I

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Algebra I for both semesters or site approval. NOTE: This is a lab credit course. This course is designed to expose the college-bound student to principles and applications of chemistry. Chemistry is a building block course; therefore, concept mastery is vital for continued success. The topics covered are measurement, matter, the atom, the periodic table, nomenclature, energy, bonding, reactions, the mole, acids and bases, biochemistry, gases and solution chemistry. Laboratory experiments comprise 20% of the students’ coursework.

    HONORS CHEMISTRY I

    Prerequisite: Grades of A or B in Algebra I or site approval. NOTE: This is a lab credit course. This course is similar to Chemistry I, but it is more accelerated. The concepts listed for Chemistry I will be covered, along with additional advanced topics. The student can expect a greater number of lab activities, supplemental related readings and projects assigned each quarter.

    EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

    NOTE: This is a lab credit course. This course is designed to appeal to both science and non-science oriented students. The course is centered on the study of the Earth: history, changes and the Earth’s place in the universe. The course serves as in introduction to geology, oceanography, astronomy, environmental science and meteorology.

    HONORS EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

    NOTE: This is a lab credit course. This course is similar to Earth and Space Science, but it is more accelerated. The concepts for Earth and Space Science will be covered, along with additional advanced topics. The student can expect a greater number of lab activities, long-term projects, supplemental reading and field study. A high level of reading and math skills, self-motivation and recording of lab observations will be expected.

    OCEANOGRAPHIC AND MARINE STUDIES

    This course builds on prior studies in chemistry, biology, physics, geology, meteorology and ecology as science concepts that affect the marine environment. Marine law and careers are explored. This course is an introduction to both Oceanography and Astronomy. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of the oceans, their nature and extent as well as the causes and effects of waves and currents, biology of marine line, geology of the sea floor, erosion and bottom deposits and related meteorological and economic effects.

    PHYSICS I

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrently enrolled in Algebra II or higher or have site approval. NOTE: This is a lab credit course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I.Physics I is designed to improve students’ understanding of science and mathematic. This course is intended to appeal to both the science and non-science oriented student. The program includes concepts of motion, forces, waves, sound, light, optics, electricity and magnetism. The relationship to other sciences is discussed along with some of the history and philosophy of science. Extensive lab work and engineering-type projects are integral to the course.