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The Science Department’s goal is to promote scientific literacy and inquiry through objective observation and hands on experimentation in the life and physical sciences. In addition to college prep level science classes, student scan also choose from a variety of AP and IB science level classes if qualifying criteria are met.

Biology

College Enrichment Biology

212 Biology (CEP)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of biology and highlight the impact biology has on their lives. Topics range from cell and molecular biology to environmental studies such as ecology and biodiversity.

Topics will be developed thematically utilizing a variety of methods including readings, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, discussions, projects, and more. Emphasis will be placed on developing laboratory, communication, and critical thinking skills.

College Prep Biology

211 Biology (CP)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of biology and highlight the impact biology has on their lives. Topics range from cell and molecular biology to environmental studies such as ecology and biodiversity.

Topics will be developed thematically utilizing a variety of methods including readings, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, discussions, projects, and more. Emphasis will be placed on developing laboratory, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Honors Biology

215 Biology (Honors)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of biology and highlight the impact biology has on their lives. Topics range from cell and molecular biology to environmental studies such as ecology and biodiversity.

Topics will be developed thematically utilizing a variety of methods including readings, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, discussions, projects, and more. Emphasis will be placed on developing laboratory, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Chemistry

College Enrichment Chemistry

223 Chemistry (CEP)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisites: For (CP) a minimum of “B” in both semesters (CEP) and previous instructor approval.

Course Description: The student will learn about the existence of atoms, the building blocks of matter, and their structure. They will learn how these atoms make up all the known elements and compounds. Students will study the elements and their arrangement on the periodic table. They will study the dynamics that go into elements combining to form new substances/compounds. They will study their properties both physical and chemical. They will learn to write the symbols of elements, the formulas of compounds, and express their reactions in the form of chemical equations. All of the measurements used in understanding the above are done in the metric system; therefore, students will study and use the metric system.

College Prep Chemistry

222 Chemistry (CP)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisites: For (CP) a minimum of “B” in both semesters (CEP) and previous instructor approval.

Course Description: The student will learn about the existence of atoms, the building blocks of matter, and their structure. They will learn how these atoms make up all the known elements and compounds. Students will study the elements and their arrangement on the periodic table. They will study the dynamics that go into elements combining to form new substances/compounds. They will study their properties both physical and chemical. They will learn to write the symbols of elements, the formulas of compounds, and express their reactions in the form of chemical equations. All of the measurements used in understanding the above are done in the metric system; therefore, students will study and use the metric system.

Honors Chemistry

225 Chemistry (Honors)

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "B" or better for both semesters in (CP) science courses already taken, a "B" or better for both semesters in Algebra (H).

Course Description: Students will learn about chemical bonding, the quantum mechanical model of the atom, molecular structure, chemical reactions, and mathematical applications wherever possible.

Physics

College Enrichment Physics

231 Physics (CEP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry and Algebra I.

Course Description: This course is designed for the student who has in interest in science. Math is the language of physics so problem solving will be emphasized. Lab experiments will also be an integral part of this course. The following topics will be covered: motion, light, energy, electricity, magnetism, and atomic physics.


College Prep Physics

233 Physics (CP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of “B” for both semesters in Algebra 1.

Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to have a well-rounded scientific education. The language of physics is mathematics, so problem solving is a key element of this course. The following topics will be covered: Motion, forces, momentum, gravitation, work, energy, heat, waves including sound, and light, electricity and magnetism, and atomic physics.

Honors Physics

235 Physics (Honors)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "B" for both semesters in Algebra I (H) and Chemistry (H).

Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to pursue a degree in science on the college level. This course is math intensive. Students are expected to solve difficult, multi-step problems. Laboratory experiments are also an essential part of the course. The following topics will be covered: Motion and forces, momentum, gravitation, work and energy, heat and thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics and quantum mechanics.

Advanced Placement Biology (AP)

218 Advanced Placement Biology (AP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in Biology (H) and Chemistry (H).

Course Description: The student will understand the diversity of life and the interrelationships between organisms. The student will identify the biological bases of problems in medicine, public health, agriculture and conservation. The student is required to take the AP exam in Biology. A fee will be charged for the AP exam.


Advanced Placement Chemistry

228 Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP)

Grade level: 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Earned a “B” or higher in both Biology(H), Chemistry (H) and Physics (H). Approval of the instructor required. If AP Chemistry is taken Junior year, Physics may be taken in advance or concurrently.

Course Description: AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year undergraduate chemistry course. This course will challenge students in their abilities to think critically, express their thoughts both orally and in writing, and complete in depth laboratory work. The major themes of this course will be the structure of matter, the states of matter, and the reactions of matter. This course will expand upon material already covered in the CP chemistry course, and introduce new topics of study including nuclear chemistry, oxidation/reduction reactions, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics. Students in this course will be required to take the AP exam in Chemistry, and a fee will be charged for this exam.


Anatomy & Physiology

260 Anatomy & Physiology (CP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: completion of Biology with a minimum grade of "C" or higher for both semesters.

Course Description: The student will be able to discuss, describe, and demonstrate the complete structural and functional integrity of the various organ systems of the human body. This is an excellent course for students interested in medicine and/or physical therapy.

Patricia Burke

Patricia Burke

Teacher
Daniel Conlin

Daniel Conlin

Department Chair
Sharon Gaietto

Sharon Gaietto

Teacher
Richard Lang

Richard Lang

Teacher
Stanley Niemiec

Stanley Niemiec

Director of Instruction
Mina Rodriguez

Mina Rodriguez

Teacher
Alex Wagner

Alex Wagner

Teacher
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