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BIOLOGY

Biology is a general level lab-oriented class designed for students planning to attend college, vocational school, or work.  This course will focus on the following topics related to living systems:  Ecology, Cells, Heredity, Evolution, and Classification of Life.  The broad biological background will help students make informed decisions about the world around them.

HONORS BIOLOGY

Honors Biology is a lab-oriented class that is designed for college-bound students.  This course will follow a rigorous survey of the following topics related to living systems:  Ecology, Cells, Heredity, Evolution, and Classifications of Life. Students will gain a solid foundation for higher-level life science classes after successfully completing this course.  Students should expect to read, write, and critically think in current science applications.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Physical Science is the study of matter and energy and the relationship of each to the other.  This class will give students a broad background in both Physics and Chemistry.  Physics topics will include motion, force, energy, waves and energy transfer in earth systems.  Topics covered in Chemistry are classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical reactions.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (ONLINE)

NOTE: Student Computer Access Needed

Physical Science is the study of matter and energy and the relationship of each to the other. This class will give students a broad background in both Physics and Chemistry. Physics topics will include motion, force, energy, waves and energy transfer in earth systems. Topics covered in Chemistry are classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table and chemical reactions. Class format includes independent reading, individual assignments, discussion boards, individual/group projects, and will require occasional labs to be performed in person before or after school. Topics will be organized into modules with some flexibility to complete course activities within given dates.

HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Honors Physical Science is the rigorous study of matter and energy and the relationship of each to the other.  The difference between Honors Physical Science and Physical Science will be the amount of mathematics used and the depth of the material covered.  Topics covered in Chemistry are classification of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, and chemical reactions.  Physics topics will include motion, force, energy, waves, and energy transfer in earth systems.  Additional topics will be included in Honors Physical Science.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is a lab-oriented course designed for students interested in exploring basic chemistry concepts. This class will cover reactions, the metric system, mixtures, elements, compounds, the periodic table, formulas, bonding, moles, equations, acids, bases, reaction rates, hydrocarbons, applied chemistry, and other topics.  Chemistry is a basic chemistry course that utilizes general math concepts and theory.

HONORS CHEMISTRY

Honors Chemistry is a course designed for the student planning on going into a scientific, medical, or engineering field.  Honors Chemistry differs from Chemistry in that it involves more theory and math and does not cover as many broad topics.  At the beginning of the year, the theory of chemistry is covered including such topics as the different types of matter, chemical and physical properties and changes, how the electrons are arranged around the atom, the periodic table, and bonding.  After the theory is completed, problem-solving applications are covered.  Topics include:  (1) balancing equations, (2) writing correct formulas of compounds, (3) mass-mass, mass-volume and volume-volume problems using balanced equations, (4) gas laws, (5) factors affecting the rate of reaction, (6) acids and bases, (7) oxidation-reduction, (8) thermo-chemistry, and (9) equilibrium.

HONORS ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

Honors Anatomy/Physiology is a laboratory course, which will enable the student to understand the structural and functional relationships of the human body.  The student will learn anatomical terminology and are expected to spend time outside of class for projects and study.  Dissections are part of the course and will prepare those considering careers in medical and health related fields.  Topics cover the form and function of the human body’s eleven organ systems.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year (2 semesters). AP Biology is a course taken by students after the successful completion of a first course in high school biology and one in high school chemistry.  This course covers the three major areas of biological study:  Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, & Organisms and Populations.  This is a fast paced course that requires students to work harder than most typical high school courses.  Students who take this course gain college level skills and have the option of earning college credit through either the AP exam or dual enrollment, both of which require an extra fee.  Students must check with colleges for their individual policies regarding AP exams and dual enrollment credits.  Students in AP classes should be highly motivated to learn both independently as well as teacher led.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY

The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory chemistry course.  AP Chemistry is a weighted, lab-oriented class that is designed for the college-bound student.  This course is designed to expand on the concepts and skills taught in Honors Chemistry.  In addition, students will study: molecular orbital theory, crystal structure, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry.  This is a fast paced course that requires students to work harder than most typical high school courses.  Students who take this course gain college-level skills and have the option of earning college credit through the AP exam, which requires an extra fee.  Students must check with colleges for their individual policies regarding AP exams.  Students in AP classes should be highly motivated to learn both independently as well as teacher led.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS 1

AP Physics 1 is a full year non-calculus-based college survey course which includes a hands-on laboratory component.  AP Physics 1 focuses on the concepts as well as the mathematical problem solving aspects of physics.  This course will benefit all students who wish to better understand physics, especially those planning on entering a field of science, engineering, or medicine.  This course will utilize a college level algebra-based textbook.  As a result homework, tests, quizzes and some labs will be at a level that is similar in scope and sequence to that of a typical college level algebra based physics course.  AP Physics 1 will cover material typically presented in the first semester of a college level algebra-based physics class, and cover such topics as: Newton’s Laws of motion, Motion in two dimensions, rotational motion, momentum, mechanical energy, waves, sound, and basic electrical circuits.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS 2

AP Physics 2 is a full year non-calculus-based college survey course which includes a hands-on laboratory component and is a continuation of AP Physics 1.  AP Physics 2 focuses on the concepts as well as the mathematical problem solving aspects of physics.  This course will benefit all students who wish to better understand physics, especially those planning on entering a field of science, engineering, or medicine. This course will utilize a college level algebra-based textbook. As a result homework, tests, quizzes and some labs will be at a level that is similar in scope and sequence to that of a typical college level algebra-based physics course. AP Physics 2 will cover material typically presented in the second semester of a college level algebra-based physics class, and cover such topics as: fluids, thermodynamics, electrostatics, continuation of electrical circuits, magnetism, light and optics, and topics in modern physics.

PHYSICS

This course offers a wide variety of dynamic activities to teach and illustrate the concepts of physics. Students will participate in hands-on activities such as labs and projects. First semester topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, motion, Newton’s Laws, Work Energy, Power and Simple Machines. Second semester topics include but are not limited to: Heat Transfer, Sound, Light, Optics, Electricity, and Magnetism. Students may take either semester or both as each semester is independent of the other. Physics is a course that utilizes general math concepts and theory.

ASTRONOMY

Astronomy provides students with the basic knowledge and concepts of astronomy.  This course will include hands-on activities, simulations, Internet work and out of class observation. Students will study the moon, sun, stars, stellar evolution, and other concepts in modern astronomy.

ASTRONOMY (ONLINE)

Astronomy provides students with the basic knowledge and concepts of astronomy. This course will include hands-on activities, simulations, Internet work and out of class observation. Students will study the moon, sun, stars, stellar evolution, and other concepts in modern astronomy. Class format includes independent reading, individual assignments, discussion boards, and other multimedia tools to engage students in an online modality. In-person meetings with instructor may be required and will be scheduled in advance.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Environmental Science will allow the student to develop insights and skills needed to make decisions regarding the environment.  The class will provide the student basic knowledge of ecosystems and how they work.  In addition, the student will learn how they affect the environment, what they can do to use the environment wisely, and preserve what is left.  This course will include hands-on experience, simulations, and outside activities.  In the end, the student will learn about the world they live in.