High School Science Curriculum

Biology (9th Grade):

What is biology? Simply put, it is the study of life — life in all of its grandeur. This course focuses on living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy from a Christian perspective.  The course will begin with a review of the hierarchical organization of interacting body systems studying in detail the main structures and processes involved including homeostasis, cell division,  photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Topics also explored this year will be ecosystems: the interactions, energy, and dynamics involved. The concepts of statistics and probability will be applied when examining the genetics behind heredity and variation of traits. The course will conclude with students analyzing and evaluating biological diversity and unity. 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:

This course will introduce the basics behind environmental science. Environmental science is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and information sciences (including but not limited to ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, limnology, soil science, geology, etc.) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Topics examined will include an overview and modeling of  Earth’s systems, followed by a section where students will evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning surrounding the interactions, energy, and dynamics of ecosystems. Lastly, students will evaluate the impact of human activities on earth’s natural systems and resources. They will design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on environmental diversity. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of ES will be stressed. Problem-solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.

Chemistry (offered every other year):

This course will introduce the basic concepts of chemistry. Chemistry is the study of atoms, how they arrange themselves into compounds, and the changes they undergo. The course will include a review of measurement and the metric system, study of atomic structure, investigation of the periodic table and its meaning, study of various types of chemical bonding, and investigation into different chemical compounds and why they behave as they do.  Students will analyze forces and interactions, energy, and waves including their applications in technologies for information transfer.  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of chemistry will be stressed. Problem- solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) (offered every other year):

This course will enable students to comprehend how all the intricate functions and systems of the human body work individually and in conjunction with each other.  The course focuses the structure and function of the body and the connection between the two, homeostasis, levels of organization, and body systems including how they integrate individually and as a unit.  As such, this gives students a full view of what the human body is capable of and the processes which proceed inside.  Conceptual and mathematical understanding of chemistry will be stressed. Problem- solving skills, critical thinking situations, and activity/lab-based learning will be incorporated throughout the course.

 

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