High School

Science Curriculum

COURSE NUMBER 5101 SCIENCE I

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COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify need.
GRADE: 9

COURSE NUMBER 5201 SCIENCE II

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT: 1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify need.
GRADE:  10

This course provides a continuation of the study and skill development initiated in Basic Science I.

COURSE NUMBER 510 LABORATORY SCIENCE I

TEACHER(S): Jim Gibson & Joey Vancil
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9

Lab Science I is an initial science class that will introduce Biology, Ecology, Physics, and Chemistry principals to students, with the main emphasis on Physics and Chemistry.

COURSE NUMBER 513 BIOLOGY

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CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  10

Biology is a course that has much to offer to high school students. It represents a valuable experience for the student who will be taking additional science but needs information relevant to human structure and function, ecology, and general plant-animal relationships. College-bound students will benefit from the above topics as well as in-depth discussions of cellular structure and function, comparisons of the five kingdoms of life, taxonomy, and bio-chemical interactions. Laboratory experience is part of biology and includes five dissections and work with compound light microscopes. Biology is an essential base to advanced science department courses of human anatomy and chemistry.

COURSE NUMBER 523 MICROBIOLOGY (COLLEGE PREP CLASS)

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CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITIES:  Must have PASSED both semesters of Biology and Conceptual Physics
GRADE:  11-12

This course promotes an understanding of microbial structures, functions and diversity.  It reviews the basic biological principles as applied to microorganisms, and emphasizes the phylogenetic and metabolic diversity among them.  The course introduces new advances in molecular research in dealing with microbial diversity, ecology and niche differentiation.  The course stresses microbial roles in biogeochemical cycling of elements in nature, and global importance of microorganisms and promotes a balanced view of beneficial vs. harmful effects of microorganisms on the environment and human health and society.

COURSE NUMBER 524 GENETICS (COLLEGE PREP CLASS)

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CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  Must have PASSED both semesters of Biology and Conceptual Physics
GRADE:  11-12

The course promotes an understanding of principles and cellular mechanisms of inheritance, theoretical and experimental basis, practical applications and regulatory mechanisms of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.  Topics addressed also include cell type and cell cycle, genes in pedigrees, DNA mutation and repair, comparative genomic evolution, genetic mapping of mendelian characters, genetic mapping of complex characters, identifying human disease genes, as well as updates on the human genome project.

COURSE NUMBER 521 HUMAN ANATOMY

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CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Must have passed both semesters of Biology
GRADE:  11-12

Human anatomy provides students with fundamental concepts in anatomy (structure) and physiology (function). Course material contains general information on a wide range of topics that are relevant to the health and well being of not only students but all members of the community in which they live. The course is designed to help students prepare for higher education, to further their studies in the area of biological interest, or to enter a health-related profession.

COURSE NUMBER 522 CHEMISTRY I

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CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Must have passed Algebra I
GRADE:  10-12

Chemistry I is a course that would benefit any student planning a college-bound sequence, especially those pursuing any scientific or health-related career. The chemistry course offered is an introductory course designed to give students a good basic knowledge of chemical principles. Topics expanded upon include the classification of matter, the structure of the atom, and the mechanisms by which atoms combine. Naming chemical compounds and writing chemical equations are also emphasized. A certain amount of mathematical applications will be covered, including those pertaining to gases. Laboratory exercises will be provided to emphasize concepts discussed.

COURSE NUMBER 533 CHEMISTRY II

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CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Chemistry I and Algebra II or concurrent enrollment
GRADE:  10-12

Chemistry II is especially beneficial to those students who know they will be taking a chemistry course in college or pursuing scientific or medical related fields. It is a rigorous course that is a continuation of the concepts introduced in Chemistry I. Previous topics will be reviewed and expanded upon. New topics introduced will be concepts of organic chemistry, oxidation- reduction, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and others. Laboratory exercises will be provided to emphasize concepts discussed in class.

COURSE NUMBER 532 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

TEACHER(S):  Jim Gibson
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE: 9-10

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of physics. The concepts covered include motion, energy, work, friction, heat, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and a few select topics. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on laboratory experiments and conceptual learning. Multiple choice tests, laboratory experiments, and homework will determine grades.