Science

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

All Sciences Require Labs and Materials

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

General Science A - Basic Science A

Science is not a single subject. In this beginning course in science, the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and earth science are introduced with a discussion of how they relate to everyday life. The objective is to let the student see that science is a way of looking at our world in a problem-solving way.

Suggested Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: None

General Science B - Matter, Energy, and Outer Space

This is the second course in basic non-biological science covering chemistry, physics, and space science. The student, upon completion of the course, will be able to understand and apply basic scientific principles to the technological and physical issues of everyday life. In addition, the student will gain an appreciation of how the Earth and its systems relate to the Universe and its subsystems. A full credit of General Science constitutes a lab science.

Suggested Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: General Science A

Biology A - Principles of Biology

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. Students who take this class will have a deeper appreciation for the complexities of living organisms.

Suggested Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite: None

Biology B - Modern Biology Themes

Biology B is a continuation of the basic course in biology, Biology A. The major concepts covered are population dynamics and evolution. Students explore population dynamics through the study of mutualism, predation, parasitism, and competition. The theory of evolution is presented, along with the many evidences and details that make evolution the backbone of modern biology. A full year of Biology constitutes a lab science.

Suggested Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite: None

Human Anatomy and Physiology - Health Sciences Preparation

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. The risks and benefits of various behaviors are also evaluated in the light of their contribution or detraction from body functions.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: Preferably Biology A & B

Earth and Space Science A - The Cycles of the Earth

Earth and Space Science A introduces students to the field of Earth science and how the scientific process works. This course covers the origins of Earth; Earth’s composition ; and factors that shape the planet’s crust, such as weathering and erosion, the rock cycle, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Students also learn about Earth’s resources, ecology, and Earth science’s impact on society.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: Preferably Biology A & B

Environmental Science - Interrelationships of Life and Earth

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. In the coming years, Environmental Science will become a more important part of every human’s education to keep both the population and the planet in healthy balance with each other.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: Preferably Biology A & B

Botany and Zoology - Plants and Animals

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. The study of plants and animals, respectively called botany and zoology, gives an idea of the diversity of life on the planet.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: Biology A & B

Chemistry A - The Basics of Chemistry

Chemistry A covers the basic principles and properties of matter. Students discover how to measure and calculate the various elements and explore chemical formulas. Knowing what makes up our world is an important part of living in it.

Suggested Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Biology A & B, Algebra 2A & 2B, A or B Student

Chemistry B - Elements of Chemistry

Chemistry B covers the atomic theory, the mathematics of chemistry, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, states of matter, environmental issues, and sources of energy in food. Concepts in this course include the electronic structure of atoms, chemical bonding, liquids, solids, and intermolecular forces. Additionally solutions, chemical equilibrium, reaction rates, and states of matter are considered. Students develop a solid understanding of several universal scientific principles. A full year of Chemistry constitutes a lab science.

Suggested Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Chemistry A (C or better), Algebra 2A & 2B, A or B Student

Physics A - Looking at the Real World

This course is a survey of 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: 12

Prerequisite: Biology A & B, High Math Skills and A or B Student

Physics B - Mass, Energy and Their Interactions

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. A full year of Physics constitutes a lab science.

Suggested Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: Physics A (C or better), High Math Skills and A or B Student