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Through the exploration of biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and space science, students gain insight into how humans interact with and influence the delicate balance of life on Earth and throughout the universe.

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All Sciences Require Labs and Materials

Click on a course below for description, suggested grade level and prerequisite requirements:

Integrated Chemistry & Physics A provides an introduction to the world of chemistry. Throughout the course, students explore the historical perspectives and modern social implications of the course topics.

Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: None

Integrated Chemistry & Physics provides an introduction to the world of physics. Throughout the course, students parallel their investigation into the scientific method with a course project that introduces them to the field and processes of engineering.

Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: None

Biology A introduces students to the scientific method and the major concepts of biology from an historical and practical viewpoint. The three major themes of this course are the cell, the molecular basis of heredity and the interdependence of organisms.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: None

Biology B is a continuation of the basic course in biology. The major concepts covered are population dynamics and evolution. Students explore population dynamics through the study of mutualism, predation, parasitism and competition.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to give a foundation to students interested in a career in the health sciences. The major tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body are described, as well as their contribution to the health of the individual.

NOTE: This course does not meet the lab science requirement

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: Biology A & B Recommended

The human population on Earth continues to increase, raising concerns over the ability of the planet to accommodate its inhabitants. The impact that life has on the dynamic processes of Earth, a changeable planet, and its material cycling are studied in Environmental Science.

NOTE: This course does not meet the lab science requirement.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: Biology A & B Recommended

The plant and animal kingdoms may not be the majority of life on Earth, but they are the most interesting for humans. This course focuses on the comparative anatomy and physiology of multi-cellular organisms.

NOTE: This course does not meet the lab science requirement.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: Biology A & B Recommended

Chemistry A covers the basic principles and properties of matter. Students discover how chemistry has evolved, learn about chemical lab equipment, techniques and safety, and explore the proper way to make measurements to reduce error and uncertainty. Students also explore atomic structure, periodic laws, types of bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry.

Suggested grade level: 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Biology A & B, Algebra 2A & 2B

Chemistry B focuses on the energy involved in chemistry and the uses for several types of chemical reactions. This course uses a multimedia format that includes text, videos, animations, interactive activities and group discussions.

Suggested grade level: 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Biology A & B, Algebra 2A & 2B

This course surveys the major themes of physical science including atomic theory, dynamics, energetics, thermodynamics, electricity, quantum mechanics and particle physics. Interactive demonstrations and virtual labs allow the student to visualize and explore the laws and theories of physics. Scientific history, methods of exploration and philosophy are also presented.

Suggested grade level: 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Biology A & B, Algebra 2A & 2B

Physics B starts from classical physics and journeys to particle physics and modern electronics. Topics include the nature of light, wave motion, sound flow, optics and electromagnetic fields. Students are introduced to Maxwell’s field theory, which laid the foundation for Einstein and Planck to explore relativity and quantum mechanics.

Suggested grade level: 11 & 12
Prerequisites: Biology A & B, Algebra 2A & 2B

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