Science Courses 2017-18

Honors Chemistry
This course emphasizes the scientific method as it covers the basics of chemistry. The relationship between matter and energy is emphasized using demonstrations, laboratory experiments, lecture and projects. The use of micro scale labs is emphasized as much as possible. Atomic structure is emphasized to explain the mathematical and descriptive concepts to be learned throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. Concurrent enrollment in or completion of H Algebra II. Students must have received a B or better in both Biology and Intermediate Algebra I.
Two Semesters (Grade 10) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040204

AP Chemistry
This course is designed for college-bound students who wish to enrich their knowledge of chemistry and develop more advanced skills and techniques. It is based on the national Advanced Placement Curriculum in Chemistry, and students will be prepared to take the Advance Placement Test. Topics covered in the class include atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear chemistry, gases, liquids, and solids, solutions, reaction types, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, and thermodynamics.
Prerequisite: B+ average in Chemistry and enrolled in or completed an advanced math course. Approval will come at the discretion of the current science teacher in consultation with the science department chairperson and the AP Chemistry teacher. Students are expected to take the AP Test in May.
Two Semesters (Grade 11, 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040403

Honors Organic Chemistry
Honors Organic Chemistry is a one-semester course designed for students interested in pursuing a career in biochemistry, bioengineering, or medical related fields. This course is designed to give those students an introduction to the basics of organic chemistry.

Organic chemistry is the study of molecules formed from covalently bonded atoms. Organic compounds contain only about a dozen common functional groups that repeat in a great number of organic molecules that engage in only a few important chemical reactions. The reactions and properties of a huge number of organic chemicals can be understood by learning the physical properties and chemical reactions of these functional groups.

This one-semester course will focus on an introduction to nomenclature (naming organic compounds), basic functional groups (alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, and amines), hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes), and SN1 and SN2 type reactions. Organic chemistry is a laboratory course with lab experiments focusing on the preparation of organic compounds, and SN1 and SN2 type reactions.

Prerequisite: A grade of B or better in Honors Chemistry or Chemistry, and Honors Algebra II or Algebra II.
One Semester (Grade 11, 12) Credit: 0.5 Unit Course No: 040908

Conceptual Chemistry
This course is designed to stimulate higher-level thinking skills without emphasizing mathematics. Students are introduced to chemistry conceptually. Class lectures, demonstrations, class discussions and videos support the conceptual stage of learning chemistry. The use of personal experience in everyday language is maximized. Chemistry will be seen as being everywhere and part of everything experienced, not only as mathematical equations or as a classroom and laboratory activity. It is open to students who have completed Intermediate Algebra I.
Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040903

Physics
Explanations of the physical phenomena occurring in the universe are explored. Systematic investigations will be conducted and students will make practical use of their knowledge by conducting numerous experiments. Projects designed to evaluate their knowledge of physics principles will be completed.
This laboratory course is an elective for 11th and 12th Grade students who are enrolled Algebra II or an advanced mathematics course.
Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040401

Honors Physics
This two-semester laboratory course is an elective for students who excel in math and science. Explanations of the physical phenomena occurring in the universe are explored. Systematic investigations will be conducted, and students will make practical use of their knowledge by conducting experiments and completing research and small group projects. These projects are designed to evaluate the knowledge of the completed physics principles.
Prerequisite: Chemistry. Enrollment in H Precalculus or College Algebra with Trigonometry
Two Semester (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040402

AP Physics C
This course follows the content outlined in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Physic C syllabus which outlines two college semesters of calculus based introductory physics. It is intended for students planning to major in a physical science or engineering. The major topic for the first semester is mechanics and the major topic of the second semester is electricity and magnetism.
Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and mathematical concepts. Students will be expected to complete laboratory work that includes quantitative measurement and analysis using traditional and modern instrumental techniques. Additional time, outside of class time, will be spent in the laboratory. Students are expected to take at least one of the AP Physics C exams in May.
Prerequisite: Completion of Physics and AP Calculus with a B+ or better, or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus.
Approval will come at the discretion of the current science teacher in consultation with the science department chairperson and the AP Physics teacher.
Two semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040408

Conceptual Physics
A one-year physics course designed to stimulate the higher-level cognitive skills without emphasizing mathematics. Students are introduced to physics conceptually. Class lectures, video programs, demonstrations and class discussion support the conceptual stage of learning physics. This course does not minimize mathematics, but maximizes the use of students’ personal experience in the everyday world in their everyday language. This course allows students to see physics not as a hodgepodge of mechanistic equations or as only a classroom or laboratory activity, but as being everywhere, part of everything they experience.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra I.
Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040902

Environmental Science
The class will investigate the dynamic relationship between humans and their environment. Through laboratory experiences, computer simulations, lecture and discussion, students will explore, question and develop an understanding of the natural and human processes that affect the environment. The course focuses on the broad concepts of pollution, resource depletion and loss of biodiversity. Topics include population trends, ecosystems, energy, food and land use, waste management, biohazards, legislation, technology and global climate change.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology or teacher recommendation.
This course has a 3 credit hours Dual Credit option through Saint Louis University.
Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12) Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 040901

Pre-Engineering I
The course will provide students with an exposure to four primary disciplines of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical. Students will learn about each discipline through a combination of projects, research and presentations that complement their mathematical and scientific coursework. A primary focus of the Pre-Engineering course will be to further develop problem solving skills with an attention to detail and analysis of the practicality of the results achieved. Professional aspects of engineering and educational requirements of engineers will be explored.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry, or recommendation of Geometry teacher.
One Semester (Grades 10, 11, 12) Credit: ½ Unit Course No: 040850

Pre-Engineering II
The pre-engineering course will introduce students to the tools of engineering. We will use technology to explore data. We will read prints to see what a part looks like and draw prints to communicate what parts are. We will use the LEGO Mindstorm robots to become familiar with programming and control.
This should not be chosen in place of an advanced science course.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus or successful completion of Pre-Engineering I.
One Semester (Grades 11, 12) Credit: ½ Unit Course No: 040852

Pre-Engineering III
Pre-Engineering III is an independent capstone project based course in which students, working by themselves or in small groups, are expected to identify a societal problem or need. Working as entrepreneurs the students will invent or innovate a solution to address some aspect of the issue, such as market analysis, address the demographics of the target customer, research component properties and availability, study manufacturing processes, consider ethics of design, address global standards, evaluate product cost and evaluate product lifecycles. A working model or physical prototype is expected. While each student is assigned a mentor, this is a cross-curricular project in which students are expected to consult with appropriate faculty or a professional expert to complete the assignment.
Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Pre-Engineering II.
One Semester (Grades 11, 12) Credit: 1/4 Unit