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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS

BIOLOGY I  ( 1st year )  ( 9, 10, 11, 12 )  2 Credits, 2 Semesters         Core 40, AHD, THD

Students explore the complexities of life through the study of living things and their interactions with their environment. This course will explore biological science as process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution, classification, and the diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles. Scientific investigations will be included.  Pre-requisite:   None    

BIOLOGY I HONORS ( 1st year )  ( 9, 10, 11, 12 )  2 Credits, 2 Semesters    Core 40, AHD, THD

This is an accelerated course for those who are seeking more of a challenge.  Students explore the complexities of life through the study of living things and their interactions with their environment. This course will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution, classification, and the diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles. Scientific investigations will be included. Topics are covered in more detail and at a faster pace than Biology I.     Pre-requisite: Successfully completed 8th grade High Ability Science     

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (10, 11, 12)  2 Credits, 2 Semesters   Core 40, AHD, THD

This course explores the structure and function of the human body. Students will learn about the contributions of each organ and system to the maintenance of a healthy body. Terminology will also be stressed. Extensive laboratory work will include the dissection of the fetal pig. This course is recommended for students planning to pursue health related careers.  Pre-requisite: Biology 


CHEMISTRY I  ( 1st yr )  ( 10, 11, 12 ) 2 Credits, 2 Semesters                 Core 40, AHD, THD

Chemistry I is an integrated science course based on Indiana's Academic Standards. Chemistry I is a course based on laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions. In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, (2) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, (3) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and (4) learn and practice laboratory safety. This course would ideally be taken by students whose post-secondary plans may include military, trade school, and/or apprenticeship, are unsure about their post-secondary plans, or are seeking to take grade level coursework. Pre-requisite:  Algebra II (can be taken concurrently); "ICP" or "B" or above in Algebra and Biology I              

CHEMISTRY I HONORS ( 10, 11, 12 )  2 Credits, 2 Semesters                Core 40, AHD, THD

This course is an accelerated course in Chemistry I. It is geared towards students who seek a constant challenge in learning new skills in science. Chemistry I is an integrated science course based on Indiana's Academic Standards. Chemistry I is a course based on laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions. In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, (2) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, (3) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and (4) learn and practice laboratory safety. More emphasis will be place on chemistry theory, and more advanced mathematical skills will also be used.  This course is for two and four-year college bound students who have achieved above grade level in science. Pre-requisite: Have completed Honors Algebra I in good standing, per the High Ability Selection Manual 2011-2012. Algebra II is strongly recommended as co-requisite.

CHEMISTRY II   (11, 12)    2 Credits, 2 Semesters                                          Core 40, AHD, THD

Chemistry II is an extended laboratory, field, and literature investigations-based course. Students enrolled in Chemistry II examine the chemical reactions of matter in living and nonliving materials. Based on the unifying themes of chemistry and the application of physical and mathematical models of the interactions of matter, students use the methods of scientific inquiry to answer chemical questions and solve problems concerning personal needs and community issues related to chemistry. Pre-requisite: Chemistry I

INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY-PHYSICS [ICP] ( 10 ) 2 Credits, 2 Semesters     Core 40, AHD, THD

Integrated Chemistry-Physics is a course focused on the following core topics: motion and energy of macroscopic objects; chemical, electrical, mechanical and nuclear energy; properties of matter; transport of energy; magnetism; energy production and its relationship to the environment and economy. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and communicating the results of those investigations according to accepted procedures. Recommended Pre-requisite: Algebra I (can be taken concurrently with this course).  ICP fulfills a science course requirement for all diploma types, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

EARTH AND SPACE  SCIENCE ( 11, 12)  2 credits, 2 semesters                      Core 40, AHD, THD

Earth and Space Science is a course focused on the following core topics: study of the earth's layers; atmosphere and hydrosphere; structure and scale of the universe; the solar system and earths processes. Students analyze and describe earth's interconnected systems and examine how earth's materials, landforms, and continents are modified across geological time. Instruction should focus on developing student understanding that scientific knowledge is gained from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation by designing and conducting investigations guided by theory and by evaluating and  communicating the results of those investifations according to accepted procedures. Earth Space Science fulfills the science requirement for the General Diploma, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

PHYSICS I  ( 11,  12 )  2 Credits, 2 Semesters                          Core 40, AHD, THD

This course will introduce students to the basic principles in physics. Taught on the conceptual level, emphasis will be placed on what really happens and how it can be explained for several areas selected from: mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity. Based upon laboratory work and instructor demonstrations, the course will stress how we know what we know along with the historical background of science. Recommended Pre-requisite: Algebra II and Geometry                                       

SCIENCE RESEARCH, INDEPENDENT STUDY ( 10, 11, 12 ) 2 Credits, 2 Semesters

Science Research, Independent study is a course that provides students with unique  opportunities for independent, in-depth study of one or more specific scientific problems.  Students develop a familiarity with the laboratory procedures used in a given educational, research, or industrial setting or a variety of such settings. Student enrolled in this course will complete a fair project to be exhibited at a regional science fair. Pre-requisite:  Biology I