Science Course Information Sheets

  • 2018-19: Biology

    Coursre Description: The goal of this biology course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships between organisms and their environment. Topics include the nature of science, characteristics of living things, biochemistry and energetics, cell structure and function, evolution, Mendelian and molecular genetics, animal systems, and ecology. Through this course students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made.
    - evaluate the importance of living organisms in the cyclical progression of the natural world.
    - learn about organisms through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
    - explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to building listening and public speaking skills.
    - engage in NGSS science and engineering practices to perform investigations, solve problems and communicate ideas.

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  • 2018-19: Biology (AP)

    Course Description: The AP Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. The components of the AP Biology Curriculum Framework (i.e., big ideas, enduring understandings, and learning objectives) are integrated with science practices to achieve conceptual understanding and facilitate scientific inquiry and reasoning. The course aims to motivate students to succeed in higher education and the world of scientific work. The four big ideas studied in this course are:

    1. The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life.
    2. Biological systems utilize free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain dynamic homeostasis.
    3. Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.
    4. Biological systems interact, and these systems and their interactions possess complex properties.

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  • 2018-19: Biology (Honors)

    Coursre Description: Biology is the study of living organisms. This course is designed to help the student better understand the relationships between organisms and their environment. It will be conducted at an advanced rate compared to general biology and students are expected to work accordingly. Topics covered in this college preparatory biology course include: the nature of science, the characteristics of living things, biochemistry and energetics, cell structure and function, evolution, Mendelian and molecular genetics, human systems, and ecology. Through this course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - engage in NGSS science and engineering practices to perform investigations, solve problems and communicate ideas.
    - analyze and evaluate scientific data.
    - apply mathematical concepts and construct models to understand natural phenomena.
    - identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made.
    - evaluate the importance of living organisms in the cyclical progression of the natural world.
    - learn about organisms through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
    - explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to building listening and public speaking skills.
    - understand the ethical, moral, legal, and cultural issues related to research.

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  • 2018-19: Biotechnology

    Course Description: Biotechnology is a laboratory course that emphasizes the application of biology, chemistry and physics concepts in the investigation of DNA science. Through this course students will:

    ● Define and assess biotechnology and recognize the diverse applications and impact on society.
    ● Understand the ethical, moral, legal, and cultural issues related to the use of biotechnology research and product development.
    ● Demonstrate competencies in the fundamentals of molecular cell biology, including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and proteins and standard techniques for their purification and manipulation.
    ● Recognize basic concepts in cell biology and become familiar with the laboratory tools used for their analysis.
    ● Integrate computer skills into program components.
    ● Implement use of the metric system, orders of magnitude, and the pH scale in preparation of reagents, analysis of data, and graphing.
    ● Understand the function of regulatory agencies for the biotechnology industry and the lasting impact of routine laboratory and communication practices on product development and manufacturing.
    ● Follow sustainable and safe practices with high regard for quality control.
    ● Understand that manufacturing represents inter-connectedness between science and production.

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  • 2018-19: Chemistry

    Course Description: This college preparatory course is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. We will cover the topics of: Atomic Structure, Nuclear Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Thermochemistry, Bonding, Equilibrium, Solutions, Acids and Bases

    Additional student learning objectives are as follows:

    ● an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry.
    ● an ability to work effectively in diverse teams in both classroom and laboratory.
    ● an ability to employ critical thinking and efficient problem-solving skills.
    ● an ability to conduct experiments, analyze data, and interpret results, while observing responsible and ethical scientific conduct.
    ● effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
    ● the ability to use modern instrumentation for chemical analysis.
    ● the ability to use computers for chemical simulation and computation.
    ● a familiarity with, and application of safety and chemical hygiene regulations and practices.

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  • 2018-19: Chemistry (AP)

    Course Description: This college preparatory course is designed to provide you with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. Through lectures, labs, homework, and projects, we will focus on strengthening your logical reasoning processes, enhancing your problem solving strategies, and developing your skills in organizing the products of scientific thought and experimentation into coherent reports. The main goal of this course is to prepare students to successfully take the Advanced Placement exam in Chemistry.

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  • 2018-19: Chemistry (Honors)

    Course Description: In its simplest definition, chemistry is the study of matter. More specifically, chemistry deals with the properties and reactions of substances. This honors level course is designed to help the student better understand the underlying chemical principles that encompass their world. It will be conducted at an advanced rate compared to general chemistry and students are expected to work accordingly. Topics covered in this college preparatory chemistry honors course include: Matter and Measurement, Atomic Structure, Nuclear Reactions, Stoichiometry, Nomenclature, Gases, Ionic and Covalent Bonding, Electronic Structure, Periodicity, Thermochemistry, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acid/Base Chemistry, and Redox Mechanisms. These chemistry topics just listed will be woven in such a way as to shed light upon environmental topics that are relevant in today’s modern world. These broader topics include: Heat and Energy in the Earth System, Chemistry and Climate Change, and Dynamics of Chemical Reactions and Ocean Acidification.

    Through this course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - engage in NGSS science and engineering practices to perform investigations, solve problems and communicate ideas.
    - analyze and evaluate scientific data.
    - apply mathematical concepts and construct models to understand natural phenomena.
    - identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made.
    - evaluate the importance of chemical processes in the cyclical progression of the natural world.
    - learn about chemical concepts through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
    - explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to building listening and public speaking skills
    - understand the ethical, moral, legal, and cultural issues related to research.

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  • 2018-19: Environmental Science

    Course Description: The goal of this Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Topics include Living and Earth Systems, Populations, Land Use, Energy, Water and Air. Through this course students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made
    - evaluate the relative risks associated with environmental problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them
    - learn about the environment through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom
    - explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to build listening and speaking skills

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  • 2018-19: Environmental Science (AP)

    Course Description: The goal of the AP environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these ;problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Topics include Living and Earth Systems, Populations, Land Use, Energy, Water and Air. The goal of the laboratory component is to learn about the environment through firsthand observations. Experiences both in the laboratory and in the field provide students with important opportunities to test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom, explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.

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  • 2018-19: Forensic Science

    Course Description: Forensic science is a laboratory-based introduction to the analysis of crime scenes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence. This course is designed to integrate the core scientific disciplines while giving students both theory and hands-on experience with the skills and knowledge required of a forensic crime scene investigator. This multidisciplinary approach will highlight topics in DNA, genetics, anatomy, chemistry, physics, entomology, botany, and investigative techniques with supplemental subject matter through case studies, earth science, mathematics, medicine, technology and sociology. In addition, the ethical, legal, and social concerns surrounding forensics will be discussed.

    Through this course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

    - use logic, reasoning, and content knowledge to reconstruct the events at crime scene.
    - engage in NGSS science and engineering practices to perform investigations, solve problems and communicate ideas.
    - identify, analyze and evaluate scientific data.
    - apply mathematical concepts and construct models to understand natural phenomena.
    - evaluate the importance of confounding variables that exist in the “real world”.
    - learn about content through firsthand observations and test concepts and principles that are introduced in the classroom.
    - engage in dialogue and research with classmates to building listening and public speaking skills.

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