Science

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.

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. The course begins by providing an introduction to science as a whole and the basic methods and tools that scientists use to produce meaningful results. Students then explore the structure and properties of matter and how it changes in response to energy. Next, students practice reading and interpreting the information on the periodic table as well as chemical names, formulas, equations, and models. Students also discover the types and the properties of reactions, mixtures, solutions, acids, and bases. Finally, students examine both the scientific principles and the human applications of nuclear reactions. Throughout the course, students explore the historical perspectives and modern social implications of the course topics. This course uses a multimedia format that includes text, videos, animations, interactive activities, and group discussions. In self-check activities and quizzes, students practice what they learn and correct misconceptions or uncertainties before taking assessments. Students complete a unit exam and deliver a unit project in each unit. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

Suggested grade level: 9
Prerequisites: None

Integrated Chemistry & Physics provides an introduction to the world of physics. The course starts out by building a foundation of what it means to be scientific by describing the ways scientists think, communicate, and do their jobs. Next, students cover important aspects of motion and force, including the motion of fluids and how motion relates to Newton’s laws. Building up from these fundamentals, students then explore the topics of thermodynamics, energy, work, and machines. The nature and properties of waves are covered next, and then the course ends by examining electricity and magnetism. 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. This course uses a multimedia format that includes text, videos, animations, interactive activities, and group discussions. In self-check activities and quizzes, students practice what they learn and correct misconceptions or uncertainties before taking assessments. Students complete a unit exam and deliver a unit project in each unit. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

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

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: None

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

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. 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.

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

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. This course uses a multimedia format that includes text, videos, animations, interactive activities, labs, and group discussions. In self-check activities and quizzes, students practice what they learn and correct misconceptions or uncertainties before taking assessments. Students complete a unit exam and deliver a unit project in each unit. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

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. Students begin by refreshing and deepening their understanding of the basics of matter and their relation to energy. Next, students explore the properties of solutions, including acids, bases, and their reactions. Then, students dive into thermodynamics, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and finally nuclear chemistry. In this course, students develop a solid understanding of several universal scientific principles and learn to manipulate the applications of chemistry in real-world settings. This course uses a multimedia format that includes text, videos, animations, interactive activities, and group discussions. In self-check activities and quizzes, students practice what they learn and correct misconceptions or uncertainties before taking assessments. Students complete a unit exam and deliver a unit project in each unit. Teacher feedback is provided throughout the course.

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

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: 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. A full year of Physics constitutes a lab science

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