Science Department

 

Three credits of science are required for graduation.

 

Physical Science

             Grade:  9                                 Credit:  1/year

            Prerequisite:  None

This class is required of all incoming freshman unless they are accepted into the honors program. Major topics include quantitative and conceptual descriptions of gravitational, electrical and magnetic fields, conservation of energy, wave behavior and interaction, man’s influence on earth and characteristics of the solar system.

  


 

Honors Physical Science

            Grade:  9                               Credit:1/year

            Prerequisite:  Teacher approval with recommendation from previous science teacher.

 

Accelerated version of Physical Science. Lab-based course that will emphasize independent learning with semester based research projects. 


 

Biology

            Grade:  10                                Credit:  1/year

            Prerequisite:  None

 

Description:  Major topics include cell biology, plant and animal reproduction, Mendelian genetics,organization of living things, ecology, environmental issues and evolution.  Lab based course
 

Honors Biology

            Grade:  10                                Credit:1/year

            Prerequisite:  Teacher approval with recommendation from previous science teacher.

 

Description:  Accelerated version of Biology 1 and 2.  Lab-based course that will emphasize independent learning with semester research projects.


Chemistry

            Grade:  11                                Credit:  1/year

            Prerequisite:  One credit of Earth Science; 1 semester Biology and 1 credit Algebra 1.

 

Description:  The study of matter and changes in matter.  Includes the properties of elements and compounds, the theory of ionization, atomic structure, acid and base theory, formula writing, balancing equations, and mathematical relationships.  Laboratory work in all areas where applicable.


 

Honors Chemistry

            Grade:  11                                Credit:  1/year

Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Algebra 2 and teacher approval with recommendation from previous science and math teacher. An entrance test will also be given and used in the selection process for this class. The test will be based on basic chemistry concepts learned in biology,basic algebra skills, and ACT style test questions.

 

Description:  Accelerated version of Chemistry 1.  Intensive laboratory work in all areas where applicable.

 

Physics

            Grade:  11–12                          Credit:  1/year

            Prerequisite:  Passing grade in Algebra and Geometry

 

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for Math or Math related credit if taken in the final year of high school.

 

Description:  The study of energy in all of its forms.  This includes mechanics, velocity and forces,heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear energy.  Theory and math in all areas. Laboratory work where applicable.  All areas of math are covered from kindergarten through trigonometry. Some building projects are included during the year.


 

Anatomy and Physiology

            Grade: 11–12                          Credit:1/year

            Prerequisite:  “C” in biology or permission of instructor.  Limited to 26 students.

            Fee:      $10.00 due by the end of the 1st quarter.

 

Description:  Study of human anatomy/physiology and how the body systems work together.  This is a college prep course designed to prepare the student for further study in Anatomy and Physiology at the college level.  Dissection will be involved in the course.


 

Forensics 1                                                                                                                                   

Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

            Prerequisite:  None                  Limited to 24 students.

 

Description:   

Emphasis will be on the fundamentals needed for crime scene investigations. Topics will include crime scene processing, types of evidence, drug/powder identification, blood spatter, glass and paint.

Forensics 2                                                                                                                                   

Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

            Prerequisite:  None                  Limited to 24 students.

 

Description:   

Emphasis is on the gathering of evidence in the following areas: Fingerprinting, Impressions, Handwriting analysis, and Fiber analysis. The final exam will be a crime scene. 

 

 

 

AP Biology

            Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  1/ year

            Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology

 

Description:  AP Biology is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college biology course taken by student majoring in a biological science. AP Biology differs from regular high school biology through the use of a college-level text, a greater range and depth of topics covered, a faster pace of instruction, more sophisticated lab work, and more time and effort required of students in order to succeed in the course. This course has been authorized by the College Board as meeting the requirements for AP Biology.

 

Students who are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences or medical fields are especially advised to take AP Biology in high school.  AP Biology provides students a significant advantage in college by allowing them to acquire the foundation in concepts and skills prerequisite to many college biological science courses.  The ability to succeed in AP Biology gives students’confidence and a knowledge base to be successful in future science classes. 

 

The content and work load of this course will reflect that of a college course as well as prepare students for the AP Biology Exam.  There is a cost to take the AP exam and a student’s score may earn college credit.  The minimum score needed for credit varies from college to college.


 

AP Chemistry

            Grade:  12                                Credit:  1 per year

            Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Chemistry

 

Description:  The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. AP Chemistry meets the objectives of a good college general chemistry course. Students in such a course should attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature and the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.

 

The content and work load of this course will reflect that of a college course as well as prepare students for the AP Chemistry Exam.  There is a cost to take the AP exam and a student’s score may earn college credit. The minimum score needed for credit varies from college to college.


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