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Science Courses 

Physics: 

 

This is a college preparatory course.  Topics will include motion, forces, gravity, momentum, waves, sound and light.  Laboratory experiments and online activities will be included. 

 

Forensic Science: 

 

This is a college preparatory course that focuses on the concepts and skills behind 

 crime scene investigations.  Topics will include: the history of forensic science, 

crime scene processing, physical evidence, fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, 

document analysis and careers in forensic science.  Laboratory experiments, case 

studies and online activities are an integral part of this course. 

 

Chemistry: 

 

This is a college preparatory course that investigates the fundamental principles 

of the structure of matter.  Topics will include atomic and molecular structure, chemical 

reactions, stoichiometry and chemical bonding.  Laboratory experiments are an integral 

part of this course. 

 

Biology: 

 

Biology is the study of life.  The course will focus on what living things are, their processes, how they interact with each other and their environment, and how they are similar and different.  Utilizing the scientific method, students will investigate problems and issues in biology.  Major themes in Biology, science skills:  scientific method, measurement, presenting scientific data and lab safety. 

 

Human Anatomy/Physiology: 

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the human body.  Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body, biochemical composition, and the major organ systems, along with the impact of diseases on certain systems.  Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body.  Working from the topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body, all the way into great detail of each of the major organ systems of the body, students will learn through reading materials, study guides, unit worksheets, group work, projects, and labs.  High levels of achievement will be in effect.  Students will be responsible for proper use of lab equipment, lab reports, and projects assigned throughout each unit. 

 

Environmental Science: 

 

Environmental Science is the study of the interaction of the living and nonliving components of the environment with special emphasis on the impact of humans on these components.  Environmental Science is a very dynamic area of research and involves many different fields of study.  Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological, and information sciences (including but not limited to ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geodesy). 

 

Microbiology  

 

Microbiology is a course that aims to develop a working understanding of, and the skills necessary to, cultivate and study bacteria in the classroom and laboratory. Focus of study on microorganisms will include information of infectious diseases caused by both viruses and bacteria.  Develop an understanding of infectious diseases and the prevention/control of its spread.  This course is designed for college bound students whom wish to pursue a career in any healthcare profession.  A high level of understanding in problem solving and the scientific methods is necessary for success in this course. 

 

Engineering Science  

 

Engineering science course is a project-base introduction to engineering.  During this course, students explore science, technology, engineering and math all in one curriculum.  Students will be exposed to different challenges, fields of engineering and problem- solving skills.  

 

These subjects elaborate on real-world connections that may be helpful in many STEM field areas of focus.  This course offers an innovative approach to learning in which students use problem-solving skills to approach hands-on learning activities. Skills in this course will improve critical thinking skills and will engage students towards a career in the STEM fields.