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Conceptual Physics

Course Description: Conceptual science is a fast-paced inquiry course consisting of a rigorous curriculum that provides students the opportunity to deeply explore the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy, and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning.  It is expected that students participate in weekly laboratories and ongoing problem/project-based lessons. Prerequisites: None

 

 

Honors Biology

Course Description: Throughout the year this course provides an opportunity for students to develop scientific process skills, laboratory techniques, and an understanding of the fundamental principles of living systems. Students will explore biological science as a process, cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to structure and function of the various living systems. Prerequisites: None

 

 

Honors Chemistry

Course Description: This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences as well as advanced scientific disciplines. Chemistry comprises a systematic study of the predictive physical interactions of matter and subsequent events that occur in the natural world. The study of matter through the exploration of classification, its structure, properties and its interactions is how this course is organized. Prerequisites: Honors Biology

 

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) I

Course Description: Human Anatomy and Physiology I is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the Integumentary System, Muscular System, Skeletal System, Nervous System, and Endocrine System. Topics covered will include the basic organization of these systems in the body along with the impact of diseases on these systems. Students should consider taking this course if they have an interest in medical and health-related careers and enjoy learning by conducting research and collaborating with others to solve real-world problems and completing projects. Prerequisites: Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry

 

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) II

Course Description: Human Anatomy and Physiology II is a laboratory-based course that investigates the structure and function of the Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Lymphatic/Immune System, and Urinary System. Topics covered will include the basic organization of these systems in the body along with the impact of diseases on these systems. Students should consider taking this course if they have an interest in medical and health-related careers and enjoy learning by conducting research and collaborating with others to solve real-world problems and completing projects. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I

 

 

Advanced Placement Biology (AP Bio)

Course Description: AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course that cultivates student understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes—energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. Students should consider taking this course if they are thinking about pursuing a science pathway in colleges such as Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbiology, and any pre-medical major. Prerequisites: Honors Biology, Conceptual Physics

 

 

Advanced Placement Chemistry (AP Chem)

Course Description: AP Chemistry is an introductory college-level chemistry course that provides students with training and knowledge of chemistry through guided-inquiry labs. The curriculum is focused on content that is relevant to today’s problems and assesses students’ mental models of the particulate nature of matter. Students should consider taking this course if they are interested in applying for the Joan C. Edwards Scholarship. With the ever-increasing need for innovators, problem finders, and designers of materials, pharmaceuticals, and new fuels, comes the need for students to develop skilled science practices and knowledge about chemistry. Prerequisites: Honors Chemistry, Conceptual Physics

 

 

Advanced Placement Environmental Science (AP Envi Sci)

Course Description: AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one-semester, an introductory college course in environmental science, through which students engage with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Prerequisites: Honors Biology



Advanced Placement Physics (AP Physics)

Course Description: AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Conceptual Physics