High School Science Curriculum

College Concurrent Science: Principles of Biology 110

A study of general biology: Science as a way of knowing – Scientific methodology and practice, literacy in biological literature and research, study of cells, cell organelles, molecular biology, genetics, systematics, structure and function of plants and animals, reproduction, growth and development, population biology, evolution as a paradigm and ecology.  This course is a survey of the major concepts in biology. This course is required for students working towards a Natural Sciences endorsement in middle grade education. This course is also required for students working towards a Physics endorsement or Chemistry endorsement in secondary education. It can also be used to fulfill general education requirements in science.

Biology (9th Grade):

This is a laboratory science course where students will explore the inner workings of the cell and the basic life processes such as cell division, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration.. They will also examine the similarities and differences of the various classifications of organisms.  Other topics include ecosystems (interactions, energy, dynamics, biodiversity) and heredity (inheritance and variation of traits).  Student labs may include the dissection of representative species of various groups.  Students will have at least one project in the fall semester and at least one project in the spring semester.  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of biology will be stressed. Problem-solving skills, critical thinking, situations, and activity/lab-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.

Environmental Sciences:

Environmental Science is the study of how the natural world works, how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment.  Emphasis is placed on human stewardship of Creation. Students conduct lab activities relevant to the topic being discussed in class.  Students will have at least one project in the fall semester and at least one project in the spring semester. This course may not be offered every year.

Chemistry:

This course investigates the physical and chemical properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. Topics covered include: atomic structure, periodicity of the elements, nomenclature of ionic & covalent compounds, stoichiometry and the mole concept, types of chemical reactions, behavior of gases, and reactions and properties of acids & bases. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving and modeling of physical and chemical changes on symbolic, submicroscopic and macroscopic scales.  Students will conduct experiments relevant to the topic being discussed in class.  Students will have at least one project in the fall semester and at least one project in the spring semester. This course may not be taught every year.  

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P):

Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the human body structure as it relates to function.  Emphasis is placed on body systems and their relationship to each other.  Students will conduct experiments relevant to the topic being discussed in class.  Student labs may include the dissection of representative species of various groups.  Students will have at least one project in the fall and one project in the spring.  Problem- solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.  This course may not be taught every year.

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