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Advanced Science Special Topics
Advanced  Science,  Special  Topics  is  any  science  course  which  is  grounded  in  extended  laboratory,  field,  and   literature  investigations  into  one  or  more  specialized  science  disciplines,  such  as  anatomy/physiology,   astronomy,  biochemistry,  botany,  ecology,  electromagnetism,  genetics,  geology,  nuclear  physics,  organic   chemistry,  etc.  Students  enrolled  in  this  course  engage  in  an  in-­‐depth  study  of  the  application  of  science   concepts,  principles,  and  unifying  themes  that  are  unique  to  that  particular  science  discipline  and  that  address   specific  technological,  environmental  or  health-­‐related  issues.    Under  the  direction  of  a  science  advisor,  students   enrolled  in  this  course  will  complete  an  end-­‐of-­‐course  project  and  presentation,  such  as  a  scientific  research   paper  or  science  fair  project,  integrating  knowledge,  skills,  and  concepts  from  the  student’s  course  of  study.   Individual  projects  are  preferred,  but  group  projects  may  be  appropriate  if  each  student  in  the  group  has  specific   and  unique  responsibilities.  Grade 11-12.

Anatomy and Physiology, CC (BIO 111/111L)
Anatomy  &  Physiology  is  a  course  in  which  students  investigate  concepts  related  to  Health  Science,  with   emphasis  on  interdependence  of  systems  and  contributions  of  each  system  to  the  maintenance  of  a  healthy   body.  Instruction  introduces  students  to  the  cell,  which  is  the  basic  structural  and  functional  unit  of  all   organisms,  and  covers  tissues,  integument,  skeleton,  muscular  and  nervous  systems  as  an  integrated  unit.   Through  instruction,  including  laboratory  activities,  students  apply  concepts  associated  with  Human  Anatomy  &   Physiology.  Students  will  understand  the  structure,  organization  and  function  of  the  various  components  of  the   healthy  body  in  order  to  apply  this  knowledge  in  all  health  related  fields. Grade 11-12.

Biology I
Biology  I  is  a  course  based  on  the  following  core  topics:    cellular  chemistry,  structure  and  reproduction;  matter   cycles  and  energy  transfer;  interdependence  of  organisms;  molecular  basis  of  heredity;  genetics  and  evolution.   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. Grade 9-10.

Biology II, CC (BIOL 101/101L)
Biology  II  is  an  advanced  laboratory,  field,  and  literature  investigations-­‐based  course.  Students  enrolled  in   Biology  II  examine  in  greater  depth  the  structures,  functions,  and  processes  of  living  organisms.    Students  also   analyze  and  describe  the  relationship  of  Earth’s  living  organisms  to  each  other  and  to  the  environment  in  which   they  live.    In  this  course,  students  refine  their  scientific  inquiry  skills  as  they  collaboratively  and  independently   apply  their  knowledge  of  the  unifying  themes  of  biology  to  biological  questions  and  problems  related  to   personal  and  community  issues  in  the  life  sciences. Grade 10-11.

Chemistry I
Chemistry  I  is  a  course  based  on  the  following  core  topics:    properties  and  states  of  matter;  atomic  structure;   bonding;  chemical  reactions;  solution  chemistry;  behavior  of  gases,  and  organic  chemistry.      Students  enrolled  in   Chemistry  I  compare,  contrast,  and  synthesize  useful  models  of  the  structure  and  properties  of  matter  and  the   mechanisms  of  its  interactions.    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.  Grade 10-12.

Chemistry II
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.  Grade 11-12.

Integrated Chemistry and Physics

Integrated  Chemistry and ­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.  Grade 9.

Life Science
Life  Science  is  an  introduction  to  biology  course.  Students  develop  problem-­‐solving  skills  and  strategies  while   performing  laboratory  and  field  investigations  of  fundamental  biological  concepts  and  principles.  Students   explore  the  functions  and  processes  of  cells  within  all  living  organisms,  the  sources  and  patterns  of  genetic   inheritance  and  variation  leading  to  biodiversity,  and  the  relationships  of  living  organisms  to  each  other  and  to   the  environment  as  a  whole. Grade 9.

Physical Science
Physical  Science  is  a  course  in  which  students  develop  problem  solving  skills  and  strategies  while  performing   laboratory  and  field  investigations  of  fundamental  chemical,  physical,  and  related  Earth  and  space  science   concepts  and  principles  that  are  related  to  students’  interests  and  that  address  everyday  problems.  Students   enrolled  in  Physical  Science  will  explore  the  structure  and  properties  of  matter,  the  nature  of  energy  and  its  role   in  chemical  reactions  and  the  physical  and  chemical  laws  that  govern  Earth’s  interconnected  systems  and  forces   of  nature.  Grade 9.

Physics  I  is  a  course  focused  on  the  following  core  topics:  motion  and  forces;  energy  and  momentum;   temperature  and  thermal  energy  transfer;  electricity  and  magnetism;  vibrations  and  waves;  light  and  optics.   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. Grade 10-12.
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