SCIENCE DEPARTMENT


The Science Department focuses instruction so that students will:

  • Apply the scientific method to pose questions and generate solutions.
  • Speak accurately about key concepts of the life and physical sciences.
  • Relate scientific knowledge to societal, ecological, and political issues and how they relate to Catholic teaching.
  • Collect and interpret scientific information.
  • Use graphs and tables to answer questions and generate solutions.
  • Use technology properly, such as the internet, to research scientific information and collect scientific data.

Requirement for graduation is 3 credits. The college bound student should take a minimum of three years of science (Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and one of the senior level courses).

1701 Basic Biology
(Grade 10; 2 Semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Basic Biology is designed to provide the student with a study of living things on a more practical level.  Topics included are use of the microscope, scientific method, study of the cell, nutrition, animal groups, genetics, natural selection, plants, ecology, and systems of the human body.  There is a variety of laboratory work included for each topic.

1702 Biology
(Grade 9-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite:  None

Biology is designed to provide the student with a detailed study of the scientific method, the cell, use of the microscope, systems of the body, animal phyla, internal structures of plants, heredity and genetics, natural selection, and ecology.  There is a variety of laboratory work included for each topic.  Biology is geared for the average to above-average student.

1703 Physical Science
(Grade 11; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Minimum of a C in Biology or Basic Biology

Physical science is designed for those students who want a third year of science, but who do not want to go into the disciplines of Chemistry and Physics. The course will cover the many aspects of matter and energy, chemical reactions, forces and motion, wave motion and the electromagnetic nature of matter. Throughout the course, the impact of science and technology on daily living is stressed. Laboratory work is included.

1704 Chemistry
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: C or above in Algebra I-A
Dual Credit through Lincoln University

This course is a basic study of the fundamentals of inorganic and organic chemistry. For the student who will go on to college, this will be a strong foundation for further study of chemistry. The student who will take no more chemistry will receive a basic understanding of the world around him. The course is structured with lecture and laboratory work.  Chemistry is offered as a dual credit course through Lincoln University. Students may enroll in dual credit chemistry after successful completion of the first semester of chemistry.

1705 AP Physics
(Grade 12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus or strong recommendation from Algebra II-A Instructor
Dual Enrollment through Lincoln University

This course provides an intensive, mathematically based study of the laws and principles that govern the universe. This course covers two-semesters of college-level physics and is designed to prepare students interested in the fields of physics, engineering, and medicine. Emphasis is placed on problem- solving and critical thinking. Topics include: mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, light and optics, and modern physics. This course places strong emphasis on both lecture and laboratory components. Students will have the opportunity to take this course dual-enrollment through Lincoln University and earn college credit. Students who take this class will be well-prepared to take the AP Physics 1 test.  Students who wish to take the AP Physics 2 or the AP Physics C (Calculus based physics) will require some independent study.

1707 Earth Science
(Grade 9;  1 semester; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Earth Science is a laboratory course of study emphasizing Earth processes such as plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, weather and climate as well as energy and space.
Units focus on Earth’s physical features, how those features were created and function, and how those features affect humans and the environment. Lab activities include rock and mineral identification, plate tectonic activities, and astronomy. 

1708 AP Biology
(Grade 11-12, 2 semesters, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Chemistry I

This course is similar to biology, but requires more reading and critical thinking.  This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college –level introductory biology course. An emphasis is placed on genetics, plant and animal science, cell structure and function, evolution, and ecology.  The course is structured with lectures and laboratory work. Students are able to take the AP Biology exam at the end of the school year.

1709 Physics
(Grades 11-12; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Algebra II, College Algebra, or a strong recommendation from the Geometry Instructor 

For the student who wants a third (or fourth) year of science, this course provides a basic study of the fundamentals of physics, presented over two semesters. It is designed to be an investigational course, combining theory and practical application through lectures, laboratories, and interactive demonstrations. Topics include mechanics, states of matter, waves and lights, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. This course is designed to be less mathematically rigorous than AP Physics and would be especially useful for those with an interest in health- and science-related fields.

1711 Zoology
(Grade 12, 1 semester; .5 credit)

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in learning more about the structure and function of the human body. In addition to studying the basic anatomy of many organ systems, students will spend time in activities oriented towards a better understanding of the functioning of each system. This course is recommended for anyone interested in a future in science related careers such as medical, research, and healthcare fields. 

1710 Chemistry II
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: B in Chemistry I and Instructor signature
Dual Credit through Lincoln University

Chemistry II is a continuation of Chemistry I. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and thermodynamics. This course is intended for students majoring in a science or needing more than one semester of introductory chemistry.
Prerequisite: grade of B or higher in Chemistry I.

1712 Environmental Science
(Grade 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite:  Passing grade in Biology or Basic Biology

Are you a responsible steward of the Earth?  Environmental Science is a laboratory science course that enables students to develop an understanding of the interrelationships within the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.   Students will explore environmental science concepts through an inquiry-based approach.  Concepts explored in this course include: water and land resources, energy resources and consumption, pollution and waste issues, human population, earth systems, global change, and civic responsibility. 

Please note Chemistry I and II are the equivalent of the college general chemistry series which are typically Prerequisite for organic chemistry. Chemistry I and II are both currently offered as dual credit courses through Lincoln University. Each course is 4 credit hours.

Anatomy and Physiology
(Grades 11-12, 2 semsters, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B” average

Anatomy and Physiology provides a more complete understanding of the basic principles of the human body and its functions. Students interested in professions such as nursing, physical therapy, physical education, pharmacy, and public health are introduced to concepts which will prepare them for further study in their chosen career. This course is an in-depth study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on microbiology, structure and physiology, cellular structure and function, human anatomy and physiology, and current issues in medicine. The course will include lectures and laboratory work.