The Science Department prepares students to meet the rigorous challenges expected of them and to successfully compete with their peers on the world stage.
An enduring understanding of the multi-faceted scientific process is critical to prepare students for the rigor and deeper understanding expected of them in the twenty-first century. In addition to traditional factual knowledge, science courses at Hoban emphasize historical, societal and the human dimension of science. An emphasis is placed on critical-thinking skills by evaluating and interpreting student generated laboratory data and the literacy skills required for clear and concise written evaluation of the data. In collaboration with other academic departments, science courses prepare students for those skills expected of them to be college and career ready.
Three credits of science are required by Hoban for graduation. These must include one (1) unit of biology, one (1) unit of a physical science and one (1) unit of advanced science. Students are encouraged to research the entrance requirements of colleges they may be interested in to make sure they meet the standards. Some science courses have prerequisite science or math courses. Selected students may enter the honors science/math sequence during the sophomore year.
- Physical Science
- ACC AP Biology
- Honors Human Anatomy/Physiology
- Honors Chemistry
- AP Chemistry
- Dual Credit Organic Chemistry
- Conceptual Chemistry
- Honors Physics
- AP Physics C
- Conceptual Physics
- ACC Environmental Science
- Pre-Engineering II
- Pre-Engineering III
This laboratory course affords student the opportunity to learn scientific principles and concepts, and application of course content knowledge through a variety of experiments in chemistry and physics. Students explore the universe through the study of the nature of matter and atoms, how chemicals mix and react, motion, energy, and the forces that hold the universe together.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of Algebra or Intermediate Algebra.
|Two Semesters (Grades 9, 10 and 11)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040701|
This course, taken by all 9th grade students, is an introduction to life sciences and the scientific method. The first
semester focuses on the cell, its structure and biochemistry, and on how real world science is done through a focus
of experimentation on plants. The second semester delves into molecular biology with the study of genetics, DNA,
RNA, and protein synthesis. Exploration of the evolution of animals and their ecological relationships with our
planet, ties molecular and cellular biology to organisms, to complete the course.
|Two Semesters||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040101|
This fast-paced course is designed to meet the curriculum standards of both the College Board and St. Louis University. Lectures focus on cells, biochemistry, homeostasis, DNA, biological systems, evolution and ecology. Students will learn to think creatively and will gain analytical skills through several inquiry lab investigations, which may involve a formal lab report, presentation and peer review. As with any college class, students will be expected to learn or review material on their own.
Students are encouraged to try for eight (8) college credit hours by taking the AP Biology exam in May or four (4) college credit hours by participating in the Advanced College Credit (ACC) option offered by St. Louis University (SLU). To receive (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits.
Prerequisite: Chemistry, and B+ or higher and a recommendation by the current science teacher. Juniors or seniors meeting the prerequisites may sign up for the class.
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040404|
This course is intended for the student who wishes to learn in detail about the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body. It also includes pathology, the study of how specific disorders relate to abnormal function. Students will learn how new health care technologies work and how to interpret the results. Career opportunities, and the educational requirements needed to achieve success in those careers, will be presented.
The course demands independent study and extensive preparation outside of class. Rigorous laboratory activities and mammalian dissection (cat, pig heart, cow eye and sheep brain) is required. Students will be assessed through tests for understanding of how cells, tissues and organs work together, and lab practical exams.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry with a grade of C+ or better in both courses, or current enrollment in Chemistry.
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040907|
Chemistry is the study of matter, its changes, and the energy transformations that accompany these changes. The scientific method is used and theory is applied through laboratory work and demonstration experiments.
This laboratory course is open to students who have completed Biology and Intermediate Algebra I with a C average or better.
Prerequisite: Algebra II, concurrent or completed
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040904|
This course emphasizes developing scientific and engineering practices using chemistry concepts to solve problems. The relationship between molecular structure and physical/chemical properties, and the relationship between the microscopic and macroscopic levels will be emphasized with demonstrations, laboratory experiments, lectures and projects. Atomic structure is highlighted to explain mathematical and descriptive concepts learned throughout the course. Students will be expanding their scientific literacy by writing laboratory reports.
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. Completion of or concurrent enrollment H Algebra II.
|Two Semesters (Grade 10)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040204|
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 (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040403|
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 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.
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1/2 Unit||Course No: 040908|
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.
Prerequisite: Completion of Intermediate Algebra I
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040903|
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.
Prerequisite: Current enrolment in Algebra II or an advanced mathematics class
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040401|
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 Pre-Calculus or College Algebra with Trigonometry
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040402|
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|
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.
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1 Unit||Course No: 040902|
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.
To receive Advanced College Credit (ACC), students must meet eligibility criteria, complete course requirements, and pay tuition according to the policies and procedures established by St. Louis University. Families are responsible for this cost. ACC credits transfer to many universities. Check with each university regarding their policies regarding transfer credits.
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: 040909|
Pre-Engineering classes do not satisfy either a science or a mathematics requirement.
Pre-Engineering I This course will provide students with 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 PreEngineering I course will be to further develop problem solving skills with an attention to detail and analysis of the practicality of the results achieved. Students will write and solve systems of equations. Familiarity with trigonometric functions is required. Professional aspects of engineering and collegiate educational requirements will be explored.
Prerequisite: A grade of B or higher in Geometry and Intermediate Algebra, or a recommendation of the Geometry teacher.
|Two Semesters (Grades 10, 11 and 12)||Credit: 1/2 Unit||Course No: 040850|
Pre-engineering classes do not satisfy either a science or a mathematics requirement.
This pre-engineering course will introduce students to the tools of engineering. Students will be exposed to Arduino microprocessors. They will create 2 and 3 Dimensional drawings using computer software, create and analyze simple experimental statistical designs, participate on project teams to complete smaller projects and a major class project. Students will utilize the technology of the Hoban Innovation Center. Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Engineering I with a grade of C or higher, or permission of the Instructor. Completion of or current enrollment in Physics and Pre-Calculus or more advanced math class is required.
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1/2 Unit||Course No: 040852|
Pre-engineering classes do no satisfy either a science or a mathematics requirement.
Pre-engineering III is an independent study course that is designed to be completed outside of the normal school day. Students will be matched to a Sponsor company that will expose a student to a meaningful, hands-on, engineering experience. It requires intense commitment by the student to meet with the Sponsor after school and/or on Saturday. On-time meeting attendance is critical to a passing grade. Biweekly status reports and an end of semester report are required. This is a pass/fail course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Engineering II with a grade of C or higher, or current enrollment in PreEngineering II, or Permission of the Instructor. Completion of or current enrollment in Physics and Pre-Calculus or more advanced math class is required
|Two Semesters (Grades 11 and 12)||Credit: 1/4 Unit||Course No: 040854|