— Anatomy & Physiology
— Biology I - Pre-AP
— Biology AP
— Chemistry I - Pre-AP
— Chemistry AP
— Environmental Science
— Physics I - Pre-AP
— Physics II
— Physics AP C
Anatomy & Physiology
This is an advanced survey course covering the history of anatomy and physiology as well as all aspects of human anatomy and physiology at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. The integration of structure and function is emphasized particularly with respect to the maintenance of homeostasis. Various pathologies and clinically relevant diagnostic and therapeutic technologies are also discussed within each unit. To insure that students appreciate the nature of science and scientific inquiry laboratories cover a wide array of techniques and topics including histology, and electrophysiology in addition to the gross anatomy of the various organ systems.
Prerequisite: Physics I, Chemistry I
This course provides an overview of biology as well as exposes students to the principals and ethics governing science, the nature of scientific inquiry, the history of science, and the application of science in society. Major themes emphasized include: the scientific process and technology, biological structure (and the relationship between structure and function), levels of organization (from molecules to ecosystems), growth and differentiation, energy conversions, classical and molecular genetics, evolution, taxonomy and diversity, as well as ecology. Laboratories are designed to reinforce class content and encourage the development of critical thinking skills.
Biology I - Pre-AP
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Physics I, Pre-AP Chemistry I
This course rigorously presents all aspects of modern biology, as well as the nature of scientific inquiry with the intent of providing students with the background and tools needed to take AP Biology in the senior year. It covers the three main subject areas of biology - molecules and cells, heredity and evolution and organisms and populations. Emphasis is placed on integrating the eight major organizing themes of biology covered in the AP Biology curriculum: science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, continuity and change, structure and function, regulation, interdependence in nature, and technology and society. Experimental and critical thinking skills are emphasized both in class and in laboratory..
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Physics I, Pre-AP Chemistry I, Pre-AP, Biology, Pre-Calculus (or permission of the instructor)
This is a college level course for students interested in a career in either the life or health sciences. The curriculum is approved by and follows that outlined by the College Board. A wide array of topics in molecular and cellular biology, heredity and evolution as well as organismal and population biology (including ecology) are covered in great depth both in class and laboratory. Students are expected to master the material at a level which enables them to apply that material to new and novel situations.
Prerequisite: Physics I, Algebra I
This is an introductory course in fundamental chemical concepts and laboratory techniques. Topics include matter and it physical states, scientific measurements, the periodic table, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonds gases, acids and bases, chemical reactions, solutions, organic chemistry and thermochemistry. Concepts and chemical laws are derived and tested through extensive laboratory investigations.
Chemistry I - Pre-AP
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Physics I, Algebra I
This is a rigorous laboratory course that covers matter and its interactions. Topics include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibria, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemical behavior are studied in depth. Critical thinking and problem solving are addressed on a daily basis. The content and pace of the course are consistent with preparing students for AP Chemistry.
Prerequisite: Pre-AP Physics I, Pre-AP Chemistry I, Pre-AP Biology I,Calculus
(which may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor.
This course adheres to the College Board curriculum and is comparable to the first year of college chemistry. Students are expected to become facial with a wide array of chemical terms and concepts as well as with chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles. Topics such as the structure and states of matter, types of reactions, stoichiometry, equilibria, kinetics, and thermodynamics as well as qualitative analysis and basic organic chemistry are addressed at an advanced level. Laboratory exercises supplement each major topic.
requisite: Physics I, Chemistry I, Biology I
This is an advanced survey course covering all aspects of environmental science including: biotic and abiotic factors, habitat and habitat disruption, ecosystems, biomes, the various biogeochemical cycles, energy flow, food-chains, population dynamics, the atmosphere and air pollution, land use (farming and forestry) and urban planning, mining, water supply systems and pollution, fossil fuels and alternative energy sources as well as conservation. The history, politics, economics, as well as the legal and social aspects of environmental science also are discussed. There are fourteen laboratory exercises associated with this course.
This course surveys basic concepts in physics including motion, forces, energy, momentum, gravitation, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. A "modeling" approach is taken, where students participate in laboratory experiments and activities aimed at better understanding concepts.
Physics I - Pre-AP
Prerequisite: Algebra II
This advanced course surveys basic concepts in physics including motion, forces, energy, momentum, gravitation, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. A "modeling" approach is taken, where students participate in laboratory experiments and activities aimed at better understanding concepts.
This trigonometry-based, college-level course is for students planning a career in science, math or engineering. The topics include a semester of mechanics and electromagnetism.
Physics AP C
Prerequisite: Physics I, Chemistry, Biology; concurrent enrollment in Calculus
Grades: 11 and 12
This is a calculus-based, college-level course for students planning a career in science, math or engineering. The topics include a semester of mechanics and electromagnetism.