•  High School Science Courses


    Earth Systems Science 1 - Year long course for 9th graders.  This course provides an investigation of Earth systems as they relate to astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography.
     
    Advanced Earth Systems Science 1 - Year long course designed for 9th graders with above average skills in mathematics.  This class provides an in-depth look at Earth systems as they relate to the topics of astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology.
     
    Advanced Astronomy - Semester course for 10-12 graders.  From a historical perspective, the natural laws will be examined focusing on planets, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.  Offered every other year.
     
    Advanced Meteorology - Semester course for 10-12 graders.  This class offers and in-depth look at the composition and structures in the atmosphere, atmospheric heating and motion, storms, and weather prediction.  Offered every other year.
     
    Advanced Geology - Semester course for 10-12 graders.  This class offers an in-depth look at the composition and deformation of the earth's crust, mineralogy, sedimentology, stratigraphy, as well as weathering and the development of landforms.  Offered every other year. 
     
    Advanced Oceanography - Semester course for 10-12 graders.  This class offers an in-depth look at the impact of oceans on methods of oceanographic research, chemistry, salinity, temperature and motion of water, submarine and costal landforms, erosion and deposition, marine ecology, and resources. Offered every other year. 
     
    Biology 1 - Year long course for 10th graders.  The course prepares students for the Keystone Biology Exam by examining principles of biology, chemical basis for life, bioenergetics, homeostasis and transport, cell growth and reproduction, genetics, theory of evolution, and ecology.
     
    Advanced Biology 1 - Year long course for 10th graders.  This course is a rigorous and in-depth examination of the fundamental topics in Biology.   The course prepares students for the Keystone Biology Exam by examining principles of biology, chemical basis for life, bioenergetics, homeostasis and transport, cell growth and reproduction, genetics, theory of evolution, and ecology.
     
    Advanced Botany - Semester Course for 11th and 12th graders.  The course provides in-depth experiences in the field of botany including diversity of plants, plant anatomy, plant hormones, nutrition, transport and ecology.  The course integrates appropriate concepts in chemistry, physics, mathematics in laboratory exercises and lectures.  Offered every other year.
     
    Advanced Zoology - Semester Course for 11th and 12th graders.  The course provides in-depth experiences in the field of zoology botany including invertebrates, vertebrates, and major vertebrate organ systems.  The course integrates appropriate concepts in chemistry, physics, mathematics in laboratory exercises and lectures.  Offered every other year.
     
    Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology - Semester Course for 11th and 12th graders.  The course provides in-depth experiences in the field of MCB including chemistry of water, organic chemistry, biochemistry, cell diversity, cell membranes, and cell respiration.  The course integrates appropriate concepts in chemistry, physics, mathematics in laboratory exercises and lectures.
    Offered every other year.
     
    Advanced Genetics -Semester Course for 11th and 12th graders.  The course provides in-depth experiences in the field of genetics including cell division, genetics of viruses and bacteria, Mendelian inheritance, chromosomal inheritance, molecular genetics, and DNA technologies.  The course integrates appropriate concepts in chemistry, physics, mathematics in laboratory exercises and lectures.  Offered every other year.
     
    Anatomy and Physiology - Year long course for 11th and 12th graders.  This course will involve an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body.  Systems studied will include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, urinary, and reproductive.
     

     
    Chemistry Matters - This lab-based semester course will explore concepts of chemistry with limited emphasis on mathematics. Chemistry is a science with a very practical outlook. Students will gain a unique perspective on what things are made of and why they behave as they do. Students will investigate topics related to matter, types of energy, gas laws, and how changes in matter results in new materials.
     
    Chemistry 1 - Year long course designed for 11th graders - This course provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry from a theoretical, experimental, and practical viewpoint.   Topics will include atomic theory, bonding and nomenclature, reactions, the mole, stoichiometry, and solutions.
     
    Forensic Science - This lab-based semester course will explore a variety of scientific techniques used in crime scene investigations.   These techniques will include the analysis of fingerprints, glass, hair, fibers, blood spatter, accelerants, and DNA.  Students will develop the laboratory precision needed and apply their deductive reasoning skills to develop a reasonable explanation from the evidence.
     
    Organic Chemistry - This lab-based semester course focuses on the chemistry of carbon based compounds.  The primary focus will be to understand and appreciate the connections that organic chemistry has to the numerous facets of life.  Topics would include nomenclature, organic structures and functional groups, reaction mechanisms, synthesis, and analytical techniques.
     
    Advanced Chemistry 1 - Year long course that meets everyday in the spring semester for 10-12 graders with a strong aptitude for mathematics.  This class explores the experimental and theoretical aspects of chemistry.  Topics include atomic theory, bonding and nomenclature, the mole, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, gas laws, intermolecular forces, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.  
     
    Advanced Chemistry 2 - Year long course that meets everyday in the fall semester for 11-12 graders with a strong aptitude for mathematics and are looking to pursue a career in one of the physical sciences.  This demanding and rigorous class investigates the connections among numerous chemistry topics and applies theory in problem-solving and laboratory experimentation.  

     
    Physics: Sights, Sounds, and Circuits - This lab-based semester course explores concepts of physics with limited emphasis on mathematics. Students will investigate topics related to types of energy, properties of light, mirrors, lenses, sound, musical instruments, current, voltage and simple circuits.
     
    Physics 1 - Year long course for 12th graders.  This algebra -based course provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals that govern our universe.  Topics include linear kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, wave theory, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the reflection and refraction of light.
     
    Advanced Physics (& Advanced Engineering Technology) - Year long course paired with the Advanced Engineering Technology course for 12th graders.   Students must take both classes.  Algebra-based physics concepts will explored from a theoretical basis and applied in AET.  Topics will include linear and rotational kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, wave theory, sound, electricity, magnetism, geometric optics, and other topics as time permits.   Critical thinking and problem solving skills are stressed.
     
    AP Physics 1 + - Year long course that meets everyday in the fall semester for 11-12 graders with a strong aptitude for mathematics.  This course provides a systematic introduction to foundational physics in preparation for the AP Physics 1 exam.  Topics covered will include translational and rotational mechanics, electrostatics, elementary circuitry. Additional topics will added as time allows these may include fluids, heat and thermodynamics, light and optics, sound, electromagnetism, quantum theory, and nuclear physics.
     
    IB Physics (SL and HL) - These courses explore the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observations remain essential to the very core of the subject. Models are developed to try to understand observations, and these themselves can become theories that attempt to explain the observations.  Topics include measurement and uncertainties, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, and energy production.

     

    AP Physics C - Year long course that meets everyday in the fall semester for 11-12 graders.  Students should have or are be taking calculus.  This course is intended as a second year course in Physics.  The curriculum consists of one semester of mechanics and a second semester of electromagnetism as preparation for the AP Physics C exam. 

    Advanced Topics in Physics - This course addresses select topics in physics, utilizing calculus to analyze rigorous problems. Content would be drawn from among the following areas: Thermodynamics, The Special Theory of Relativity, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Cosmology, and assorted mathematical methods in physics.


     
    Exploring the Wilds: Ecology of Centre Country -  This semester course that will engage students in the universal principles of ecology using a local focus. Topics will include local geology, ornithology, aquatic ecology, agriculture, forest and wildlife management.
     
    Survivor Science - This semester course will examine the elements of human survival on four levels: Primitive technologies, lost or stranded individual, natural disasters, and other technologies. Topics will include navigation, water, shelter, thermoregulation, cooking, wilderness first aid, poisonous and edible plants. 
     
    Environmental Science 1 - Year long course for 12th graders.  Challenging and rigorous, this course provides an in-depth look at the interactions between people and the environment.  Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships among the chemical, physical, biological, and earth sciences.   Inquiry-based activities related to the areas of study are emphasized.
     
    IB Environmental Systems Science - Through studying environmental systems and societies (ES&S) students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.   The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues. An important aspect of the class is the hands-on laboratory work and field experiences. Topics include structure, measuring abiotic components of the system, measuring biotic components of the system, biomes, function, changes, and measuring changes in a system.
     



Last Modified on October 19, 2019