Science Electives

DEPARTMENT:  Science

 

 

Course Name:  Academic Biology 2 and Lab (Honor Course; holds a weight of 5.0 towards final GPA)

Grade(s):   10  11 12                Course Length:  1 year            Credits: 1.5                   Prerequisite(s): Biology 1

Description:   Students will build on their understanding and recollection of Biology I coursework.  Therefore, proficiency on the Biology Keystone exam is strongly recommended before enrolling in this course. The course will start with a review of the organization of life, the diversity of life, properties of water, cells, and cell division.  Then organic chemistry, macromolecules, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics, and evolution will be studied. This course is offered every other year.

Course Name:  Acad. Physiology/Anatomy and Lab  (Honor Course; holds a weight of 5.0 towards final GPA)

Grade(s):  10  11 12          Course Length:  1 year                    Credits: 1.5                 Prerequisite(s): Biology 1

Description:   This is a college-prep course which includes a comparative study of the structure and function of the human and feline bodies and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within them.  The study of human anatomy and feline dissection will include a survey of the systems of the body with an emphasis on the following systems: skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, reproductive, excretory, and circulatory.  Physiology studies will include both the structure and function of organs and organ systems located during dissection. This course is offered every other year.

 

Course Name:  Academic Chemistry 1 and Lab

Grade(s):   10  11 12           Course Length:  1 year                 Credits: 1.5                   Prerequisite(s): None

Description:   In Chemistry – I focuses on the branch of Inorganic Chemistry. They will begin with topics such as measurements, atoms, molecules, chemical bonding and structures, nomenclature, as well as periodicity. They will then work through more math-based problem-solving topics such as chemical reactions and equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, and solutions. In this course, the students will also have the opportunity, through lab periods and lab reports, to apply concepts and techniques learned in class to relevant real-life and laboratory situations.

Course Name:  Academic Chemistry 2 and Lab (Honor Course; holds a weight of 5.0 towards final GPA)

Grade(s):   11  12             Course Length:  1 year                Credits: 1.5     Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chemistry 1

Description:   In Chemistry – II is centered around the branch of Inorganic Chemistry as well as have an introduction to Organic Chemistry. The students will begin by reviewing topics from chemistry I and then essentially continue where the first course stopped. They will learn topics such as solutions, acids and bases, equilibrium, reaction kinetics and energy, nuclear chemistry and oxidation-reduction reactions.

 

Course Name:  Organic Chemistry

Grade(s):  11  12         Course Length:  1 year                   Credits: 1.0    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Chemistry 1

Description: This Organic Chemistry course is intended for students majoring in chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, or studying for careers in the health sciences such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary, and chiropractic. Fall semester topics include: structure and bonding, acids and bases, alkanes and cycloalkanes, reaction energetics, stereochemistry, nucleophilic substitution and elimination, alkenes, alkynes, NMR and IR spectroscopy, alcohols, and introduction to multistep synthesis. Spring semester topics include: UV-visible and IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, chemistry of aromatic compounds, and multistep synthesis.

 

Course Name: Applied Physics 1

Grade(s):   11  12      Course Length:  1 year                   Credits: 1.0                Prerequisite(s): Trig/Pre-calc

Description: Applied Physics is designed to be a conceptual oriented course. The course will discuss kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation and circular motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, thermo/ fluid dynamics, vibrations and waves, sound, geometric optics and light, electrical circuits, magnetism, and possibly more. This course will be hands on in nature with many labs and demonstrations. There are no mathematical prerequisites to take this course.

 

Course Name:  Academic Physics 1

Grade(s): 10  11  12      Course Length:  1 year              Credits: 1.0                Prerequisite(s): Trig/Pre-calc

Description: Physics I will introduce classical Newtonian physics at a first semester college level.  The course will require a strong understanding of algebra and trigonometry. Topics discussed in Academic Physics I throughout the year will include, kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion, gravitation and circular motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, vibrations and waves, sound, geometric optics and light, and possibly more!

 

Course Name:  Academic Physics 2 and Lab (Honor Course; holds a weight of 5.0 towards final GPA)

Grade:   11, 12         Course Length:  1 year       Credits: 1.5           Prerequisite(s): C or high in Academic Physics I Students who took Applied Physics I will not be eligible for Academic Physics II until taking Academic Physics I and earning a C or higher.

Description:   Academic Physics II will further investigate classical Newtonian physics at a second semester college level. The course will require a strong understanding of algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Topics discussed in Academic Physics II throughout the year will include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light, and atomic and nuclear physics.

 

 

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