Science

Science

320 Honors Biology

Grades 9 | Credit 1

Honors Biology introduces the student to the central concepts of biology, including topics such as the chemical basis of life, the structure of the cell, ecological relationships, principles of genetics, and the evolutionary processes that link the earth’s diverse organisms. Laboratory activities are a key part of the course and reinforce the conceptual framework developed in the classroom.

PREREQUISITE: Concurrent placement in Algebra 2 or Honors Geometry Placement is based on HSPT and elementary / middle school transcripts

322, 323 College Prep Biology

Grades 9 | Credit 1

This course examines the scientific method, inquiry, scientific ways of knowing, biodiversity, chemical and cellular basis of life, unity and diversity of plant and animal life, and the studies of the origin of life.

324 H, 325 CP Biomedical Biology

Grades 9 | Credit 1

This is the introduction to the Biomedical Program and replaces the Biology credit. In the first semester students study microbiology in order to access biology topics such as scientific method, inquiry, biodiversity and the chemical and cellular basis of life and evolution. In the second semester students study genetics in order to access biology topics such as classification, genetics, evolution, ecology, and ethical considerations in biology. The course leans heavily on experimentation and problem solving. The course is open to freshman not in the Biomedical program. 

326 and 327 Bioethics

Grade 12 | Credit 0.5

This course is a capstone for the Biomedical Program. The course focuses on the intersection of ethics and science. As scientific advances bring to reality possibilities that once belonged to science fiction, consideration must be given to the consequences of those advances. Students choose the topics of study. Projects and papers are the primary method of assessment.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Grade 11 Biomedical courses or permission of the instructor

328 H, 329 CP Anatomy II Anat. & Phys. 2

Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

A survey course covering human anatomy and physiology, the course studies several organ systems not covered in Anatomy 1. Students study structures and functions with an eye toward homeostasis along with imbalances and subsequent disease. Lab work includes dissections. Research into diseases are highlighted for each system.

PREREQUISITE: B or higher in Anatomy 1 

330 AP Chemistry

Grades 11 & 12 | 2 credits 

This AP course enables students to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains.  This course is equivalent to a two semester introductory chemistry class. 

PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or Calculus

331, 332 Chemistry

H, CP  | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of chemistry, provides laboratory experience, and teaches critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday life.

PREREQUISITE: H – Concurrent placement in Alg.2 (431) or above

333 Practical Chemistry

CP  | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of chemistry, provides laboratory experiences, and teaches critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to everyday life.

341 Physics

H | Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

Through reading, discussion, and laboratory experiments, students are introduced to a basic understanding of kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, waves, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and quantum theory.

PREREQUISITE: Concurrent registration in Calculus or Pre-Calculus, Grade of B or above in Chemistry

342 Conceptual Physics

H | Grades 9 STEM Students | Credit 1

This is a conceptual physics course in which students study the rules that govern our physical world. Students study units on mechanics, sound and light, electricity and magnetism.

PREREQUISITE: STEM student

343 Conceptual Physics

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 1

In this course students study the rules that govern our physical world. Students study units on mechanics, sound and light, electricity and magnetism.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of course 331 or 332 Chemistry with a final grade of C+ or above. Concurrent placement in Algebra II or above

351/352 Human Anatomy & Physiology

CP, H* | Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

Students study the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body, including the nervous, skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, and endocrine systems. Issues relating to health, medicine, and nutrition are an integral part of the course.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of either 320 or 322 and 331 or 332, * May be taken for honors credit with approval of teacher.

353 CP Anatomy & Physiology

Grades 11 &12 | 2 credit 

Students study the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body, including nervous, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and digestive systems. Issues relating to health, medicine, and nutrition are n integral part of the course. 

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry 

356 AP Biology

Grade 12 | Credit 2

This AP course enables students to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The results will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. This course is equivalent to a two-semester college introductory biology course.

PREREQUISITE: Chemistry (Honors of CP)

358 Forensic Science

CP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course is a capstone course in which students use skills in data collection and analysis, scientific problem solving, and evidence examination. Crime scene investigation is the lens through which we accomplish this task. Students study serology, DNA electrophoresis, fingerprints, document analysis, tool mark analysis, and ballistics.

PREREQUISITE: Chemistry (Honors or CP)

359 and 360 Introduction to the Brain

Grade 12 | Credit 0.5

This course reviews biological concepts as they relate to the human brain. In addition, students study psychology, nervous systems and neurological diseases, brain based learning, current research into learning, and human nervous system development. Projects and papers will be the primary method of assessment. In this venue MEP students finalize and present their two year research project.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the Human Brain course or permission of the instructor

362 Earth Science

CP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course provides an introduction to earth science through the study of topics such as geology, conservation of resources, ecology, meteorology, astronomy, plate tectonics, and human interactions with the physical elements of the earth.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Biology and Practical Chemistry

367 Environmental Science

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit  1

This course is a study of the interactions of living organisms with one another and their physical environment. Students apply scientific knowledge to devise various solutions to environmental questions and issues. Topics include the human influence on weather, water quality, air quality, animal populations, erosion, and energy resources.

368 AP Environmental Science

Grade 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course provides students the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Students 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. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in environmental science.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of 320-Honors Biology and 331-Honors Chemistry, AP test fee may apply

377 H, 378 CP Research Methods Research Mthd.

H, CP | Grades 10 | Credit 0.5

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to conduct research in the scientific sense of the word. Much of the work is student-directed, including developing research questions, literature review, conducting simple projects, collecting and analyzing data and writing research reports from that data. The ability to work independently and as part of a research team is vital to success in this course. Students develop a research question that is the focus of study for the next two years in the program.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Biomedical Biology or permission of the instructor

375, 376 Clinical Chemistry

H, CP | Grade 11 | Credit 0.5

This course builds on knowledge from sophomore chemistry. Terminology and technique are expanded upon from both the intro and micro courses. Students investigate theory with extensive application as they perform lab tests on (mock) body fluids to identify disease conditions, develop quality control techniques, and keep lab records.

379 H, 380 Health Care Delivery

H, CP | Grade 11 | Credit 0.5

This course is a mixture of theory, practice and career information. It focuses on the history of health care in America, careers in first aid and patient care practices, medical and medical research fields. This is the only course directed at patient care.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Research Methods or permission of the instructor 

385, 386 Epidemiology

H, CP | Grade 11 | Credit 0.5

This course combines aspects of all previous courses and CDC resources to study the disease transmission process. Infectious diseases from early cases of the plague through the HIV/AIDS epidemic are studied. Students complete case studies in cholera, flu, and insect vectored diseases, as well as noninfectious diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. This course employs more theoretical than practice-centered strategies.