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Comprehensive Science (400):  1 credit – Grade 9 – Weight 1.0

The emphasis of this course will be to introduce basic concepts of scientific measurement and application of scientific inquiry skills as a foundation for later science courses and Keystone Exams.  These skills will then be used to explore and master content in the following disciplines: Scientific Method, Chemistry, Environment, Ecology and Science Technology.

 

Biology  (401):  1 credit – Grade 9, 10 – Weight 1.0

This course is a study of Life Science with a general view of the principles of the living world.  The student will study topics in the nature of science, basic life chemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, and evolution.  

 

Honors Biology (401H):  1 credit – Grade 9, 10 – Weight 1.1

This course is a study of Life Science with a general view of the principles of the living world.  The student will study topics in the nature of science, basics life chemistry, cells, genetics, ecology, and evolution.  This course is designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to have a high aptitude for math, science and, reading and writing skills.  Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation.

 

IB Biology/AP Biology (SL) (401IB): 1 credit – Grade 11 and 12 – Weight 1.2

The core principle of SL Biology is to develop a broad understanding of the concepts while enhancing the students' critical thinking skills. There are four basic biological themes that run throughout the course: structure and function, universality versus diversity, equilibrium within systems, and evolution. A variety of topics are covered: statistical analysis, cells, the chemistry of life, genetics, ecology and evolution, and human health and physiology. Along with the theoretical aspects of the topics, students also complete a practical component to further develop their application of the concepts. This component includes an interdisciplinary project with the other IB sciences.  The International Baccalaureate aspect of the course culminates in May when the students take a two–day SL Biology external examination.

Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, and a teacher recommendation. Students do not need to be enrolled in the IB CP Program to take the course.

 

Biochemistry  (406):  1 credit – Grade 10, 11 – Weight 1.0

This course is recommended for students who scored basic or below basic on the Biology Keystone exam.

This course works on strengthening connections back to biological concepts related the Biology Keystone exam: cellular biology, cellular energetics, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is placed on science as a process and the application of scientific concepts to everyday life.

 

Chemistry (402):  1 credit – Grade 10, 11 – Weight 1.0

This course is a study of the structure, composition and properties of matter along with the changes matter undergoes.  Atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, and reactions as well as the behavior of gases and solutions are studied. 

 

Honors Chemistry (402H):  1 credit – Grade 10, 11 – Weight 1.1

This course is a study of the structure, composition and properties of matter along with the changes matter undergoes.  Atomic and molecular structure, chemical nomenclature, and reactions as well as the behavior of gases and solutions are studied.  This course is designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to have a high aptitude for math, science and, reading and writing skills.  Prerequisite:  Biology and teacher recommendation

 

AP Chemistry (402AP):  1 credit – Grade 11, 12 – Weight 1.2

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a college–level course. It is designed to allow students further study in such topics as the property–structure relationships of substances, gases, stoichiometry and solutions as well as delving into the more dynamic studies of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium and kinetics, as well as electrochemistry and organic chemistry. This course allows more time for the application and exploration of new concepts in the laboratory, as well as time to develop proper lab techniques including data collection, analysis and presentation in formal reports. Technical writing skills applied to formal lab reports will be stressed. In order to earn AP weighted credit, students must take the Advanced Placement examination in May. Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry and teacher recommendation.

 

Science of Natural Disasters (405):  1 credit – Grade 11, 12 – Weight 1.0

Through investigation of natural disasters, students will gain knowledge of the dynamic systems that make up the world we live on.  Students will investigate human interactions with environmental systems, with special focus placed on understanding the causes and potential effects of various natural disasters from solar flares to hurricanes.  Course themes will include disaster awareness and preparedness, as well as current and future energy sources to fuel a growing population.

 

Forensic Science (408):  1 credit – Grade 11, 12 – Weight 1.0

This course is designed for students with a curiosity as to how science helps the law.  Forensic Science is a multidisciplinary class, pulling in the skills from Science, Math, English, and Social Studies.  Students will participate in hands–on activities, involved in the process of solving crimes and mysteries with the use of science skills.  The course requires that the students have a strong work ethic, patience to solve problems and puzzles, and a high motivation to learn.   Prerequisites:   Biology and Chemistry

 

Physics (403):  1 credit – Grade 11, 12 – Weight 1.1

In this class, students are challenged to examine concepts and ideas often taken for granted.  We will study the following topics:  motion, forces behind motion, waves, light and sound, electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics.  Topics of current interest will be incorporated throughout the course.  Students must have mastered the following mathematical skills solving a variety of algebraic equations (including sets of equations), basic aspects of geometry, definitions of basic trigonometric functions, identification of direct, inverse, and quadratic relationships, and the ability to recognize the relationships between graphs and the quantities being graphed.  Prerequisites:  Biology, Chemistry and teacher recommendation.


IB Physics (SL) (403IB):– 1 credit – Grade 12 – Weight 1.2

The purpose of the curriculum is to expose students to major scientific themes and demonstrate the connections and interactions that exist between the concepts. Scientific investigation is a major aspect of the IB internal assessment requirements and gives students an opportunity to design controlled experiments, properly analyze and present data, and communicate their observations through evaluation and conclusion. In addition, students are required to participate in a cross–discipline (Group IV) project that requires them to collaborate with all other science students in the IB program that is specifically assessed for personal skills and the ability to work within a team framework. The International Baccalaureate aspect of the course culminates in May (senior year) when the students take a two–day SL Physics external examination. Prerequisite:  Physics and Teacher Recommendation. Students do not need to be enrolled in the IB CP Program to take the course.

 

IB Design Technology I (SL) (409): 1 credit – Grade 11 – Weight 1.2

The course focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the DP sciences subject group. Inquiry and problem solving are at the heart of the subject. DP design technology requires the use of the DP design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution. In design technology, a solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have developed independently. DP design technology achieves a high level of design literacy by enabling students to develop critical–thinking and design skills, which they can apply in a practical context. While designing may take various forms, it will involve the selective application of knowledge within an ethical framework.  The International Baccalaureate aspect of the course culminates in May when the students take a two–day SL Design Technology external examination. Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation. Students do not need to be enrolled in the IB CP Program to take the course.

 

IB Design Technology II (SL) (410): 1 credit – Grade 12 – Weight 1.2

The course focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the DP sciences subject group. Inquiry and problem solving are at the heart of the subject. DP design technology requires the use of the DP design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution. In design technology, a solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have developed independently. DP design technology achieves a high level of design literacy by enabling students to develop critical–thinking and design skills, which they can apply in a practical context. While designing may take various forms, it will involve the selective application of knowledge within an ethical framework.  The International Baccalaureate aspect of the course culminates in May when the students take a two–day SL Design Technology external examination. Prerequisite: IB Design Technology I. Students do not need to be enrolled in the IB CP Program to take the course.