Biology
Credit: 5 hours each semester
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Prerequisites: None
Graduation Information: Applies toward requirement for Biology

This first semester course provides information students will use to differentiate living from nonliving things. The course presents the structure and function of living things, from simple cells to complex organisms composed of cells, tissues, organs, and systems.

Additionally, information about chemistry as it applies to biology, the role of biochemistry, and the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration is presented. Mitosis, meiosis, cell division, and the laws of heredity are also topics that are presented in this class.

The second semester course will extend and expand students’ ability to differentiate living from nonliving things. Course content and objectives are extracted directly from the district matrix for high school biology. After relating heredity to reproduction, growth, and development, the course explores the modern theory of evolution, including adaptation and natural selection. The course then relates evolution to classification systems. The five kingdoms are surveyed placing special emphasis on plants and animals, including plant structure and function. The effects of disease and drugs on body systems are also presented. Finally, this course addresses the relationship of organisms to their own populations and the environment.

AP Biology 1
Dept: Science
Grade Levels: 11, 12
Graduation Information: This course (#3610) is applicable toward the graduation requirement for Science (gen.)
Credit: 5.00
Duration: One Semester
Prerequisites: Chemistry 2
Fees and Materials: None
Course Description:

AP Biology 1 is college biology, taught to qualified high school students. It is a one-semester elective course that presents biological science at a more sophisticated level than the mainstream high school classes. In this course, the student studies topics related to biochemistry, cytology, bioenergetics, genetics, and evolution. Laboratory topics accompany the classroom lessons.

Chemistry
Credits: 5 hours per semester
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Graduation 1nfo: This course is applicable toward the graduation requirement for Science (gen.)
Prerequisites: Algebra 2

The first semester course includes studies in basic metric measures, physical and chemical properties, symbols and formulas, atomic structure, mole theory, chemical equations, electron configurations, and the periodic table. It is the intent of this course not only to study the theories of chemistry, but also to demonstrate the applications of those theories through laboratory experience and relate those theories to everyday uses.

The second semester is a continuation of Chemistry 1 and builds upon the concepts and skills from that course.  Topics covered include chemical bonding, thermo-chemistry, kinetic molecular theory, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, reaction rates, and equilibrium.  It is the intent of this course not only to study the theories of chemistry, but also to demonstrate the applications of those theories through laboratory experience and relate those theories to everyday uses.

Physics
Credits: 5 hours each semester
Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12
Graduation 1nfo: This course is applicable toward the graduation requirement for Science (gen.)
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I, II and Geometry I.

Physics I is the first semester of a physics course that focuses on the introduction of the basic concepts of measurement, graphing, vector analysis, dynamics, force analysis, energy, and heat through laboratory and mathematical analysis. Because mathematics is the language of physics, an adequate preparation in algebra and geometry is an essential prerequisite.