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Biology

Grade 9                                                                                                                                    2 semesters

Prerequisite: None

Biology is the science of life, introducing students to the structures and functions of living organisms while instilling an appreciation for God’s creation. Many topics will be explored throughout the year, from cellular processes to organisms and their ecological relationships. Students will study the natural world through lectures, laboratory experiments, discussion and projects.

Physical Science

Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                                                          2 semesters

Prerequisite: Recommended for students with a grade of C+ or lower in either semester of Biology

Physical Science is a laboratory course designed to give students a beginning knowledge of chemistry, to offer insights into the means by which scientific knowledge is acquired, to encourage the exercise of reasoning skills, and to allow for the development of useful laboratory skills.  Furthermore, the course is designed to increase the knowledge and appreciation for the world God created.

Honors Chemistry

Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                                                          2 semesters

Prerequisite: B- or better in both semesters of Biology OR C or better in both semesters of Physical Science and Department Approval

Honors Chemistry is a laboratory science, which studies inorganic chemistry, chemical laws and theories, atomic and molecular structure and organic chemistry. It is designed to increase the knowledge and appreciation for the world God created. It is for students who have a strong background and interest in science. Because mathematics is the language of science, a basic understanding is necessary.

Environmental Science

Grade 11/12                                                                                                                  2 semesters

Prerequisite: Department Approval

Students will develop an understanding of the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies of Environmental Science. Those skills will be applied as students study the interrelationships between the created and human-made world with a focus on the environmental challenges the world faces. Topics studied include environmental quality, plant systems, human resources, conservation, pollution, and ecosystems.

Conceptual Physics

Grades 11, 12                                                                                                               2 semesters

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include motion, forces, energy, gravity, heat, electricity, magnetism, relativity, sound and light. Laboratory experiments and projects enhance the understanding of basic physical principles and applications.

Honors Physics

Grades 11, 12                                                                                                               2 semesters

Prerequisite: C or better in both semesters of Honors Chemistry and Department Approval.

Honors Physics is an advanced laboratory science that studies the physical world around us. It is designed to increase the knowledge and appreciation for the world that God created. It is for students who have a strong background and interest in science. Because mathematics is the language of science, a basic understanding is necessary.

AP Physics

Grade 12                                                                                                                       2 semesters

Prerequisite: B average or better in Honors Physics and /or Departmental Approval.

Advanced Placement Physics 1 provides the student a thorough understanding of the basic concepts of physics and prepares them to use physics in their own lives and professions.  Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the Advanced Placement Physics 1 Test in the spring. Students are expected to work independently.

AP Biology

Grades: 11/12                                                                                                               2 semesters

Prerequisite: C or better in Biology and Honors Chemistry and Department Approval

 

AP Biology is a laboratory course designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course taken by biology majors during their first year.  The AP Biology course differs significantly from the first high school course in biology with respect to the range and depth of topics covered, the kind of laboratory work done by students, and the time and effort required of students.

AP Biology aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process.  Eight major themes recur throughout the course. These themes will be emphasized to assist students in organizing concepts and topics into a coherent, conceptual framework.  Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP Test in the spring.


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