This course is designed around the study of living things. Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem-solving. Students in Biology study a variety of topics that include structures and functions of cells and viruses; growth and development of organisms; cells, tissues, and organs; nucleic acids and genetics; biological evolution; taxonomy; metabolism and energy transfers in living organisms; living systems; homeostasis; ecosystems; and plants and the environment. Students will participate in laboratory experiments including dissections.
This course emphases a variety of topics that include characteristics of matter; energy transformations during physical and chemical changes; atomic structure; periodic table of elements; behavior of gases; bonding; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission; oxidation-reduction reactions; chemical equations; solutes; properties of solutions; acids and bases; and chemical reactions.Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem-solving. Students will investigate how chemistry is an integral part of our daily lives.
In Physics, students successfully develop critical thinking skills for making informed decisions. By providing a solid foundation of knowledge in physics, students gain an understanding of the scientific method and research skills to evaluate a variety of sources and information. Students will learn how the physical world works, and how forces, motion, heat, energy, waves, and electricity work as they pertain to real life. Students use mathematical concepts to calculate physics problems and use a variety of tools to conduct experiments to test hypotheses.
In Anatomy and Physiology, students successfully develop critical thinking skills for making informed decisions about their own bodies and health. By providing a solid foundation of knowledge in anatomy and physiology, students gain an understanding of the scientific method and research skills to evaluate a variety of sources and information. Students will learn about the human body and the body systems in order to understand how body systems work together to maintain life and health. Students learn about growth, development and reproduction, energy metabolism, movement, the senses, as well as illnesses and treatment options. Students will gain awareness of body functions and diseases in preparation for health professions and to manage their own health.
Astronomy is designed so that students may have the opportunity to expand, change, enhance, and modify the ways in which they contribute to the world. Students will understand the fundamentals of science, which assists students in becoming life-long learners who grow in their understanding of the world. The curriculum will provide a flexible outline for the acquisition of knowledge and utilization of scientific processes appropriate to the level of the student. Topics will include history of astronomical observations; organization of the solar system; space exploration; life cycles of stars.
This course will provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary context. Various aspects of biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, fundamental principles of chemistry and physics, human population dynamics, and an appreciation for the Earth and its natural resources. Students will study topics such as energy and cycling matter stability and change in ecosystems, and human activities and technology on ecosystems.
This course uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will perform fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis on evidence collected from simulated crime scenes. Students will learn the history, legal aspects and career options for forensic science.
This course introduces the basic principles of physics and chemistry. The two disciplines are integrated to reinforces the foundational knowledge requires for all subsequent physical science courses. Students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigation, and make informed decision using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Topics of study include kinematics, force, momentum, waves, atoms, the periodic table, molecular bonding, chemical reactivity, electricity, and nuclear energy. This course serves as a background for subsequent courses in chemistry and physics.