Science Course Descriptions

Science Courses and Descriptions


Thinking Science
  
2 Sem 1 Credit

 Thinking Science is based on instruction in the Scientific Method--a logical problem solving process. Using problem solving strategies, the scientific method, hands-on lab experiences and cooperative learning strategies, students acquire the abilities to do scientific inquiry and gain a knowledge base to support those inquiries. The Thinking Science content focuses primarily on Earth Science. The following units are included in Thinking Science:  

Astronomy
Weather and Climate
Systems
Chemistry
Scientific Inquiry
History & Nature of Science
Environment
Motions & Forces

The Thinking Science curriculum is aligned with the Arizona State Standards and this course is approved as a laboratory course for university admission.

 

 Honors Thinking Science   2 Sem 1 Credit

 Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation  

 Skills and concepts covered in the Thinking Science course (listed above) will be presented in greater depth.


 
Biology
  
2 Sem 1 Credit  

This is an introductory course in biological sciences. The central theme of this course is scientific investigation and the concepts of change and diversity. Students will acquire a knowledge base in: 

Cells
Living Systems
Genetics
Ecology
Evolution
Classification 
 

The Biology curriculum is aligned with the Arizona State Standards and this course is approved as a laboratory course for university admission.

Honors Biology   2 Sem 1 Credit  

Prerequisites: Honors Thinking Science and teacher recommendation
OR
Corequisites: Honors English 1-2 & Honors Algebra/Geometry, and teacher & parent recommendation.

  Honors Biology classes cover basically the same topics covered in regular Biology, but in greater depth. These students also have the opportunity for in-depth research and/or science fair projects.

 

 Advanced Placement Biology   2 Sem 1 Credit

 Prerequisites: Biology and teacher recommendation. Chemistry recommended or taken currently.

 The chemistry and biochemical processes of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, membrane structure and functions, enzyme activity, biomedical genetics, reproductive processes and embryo genesis are covered in depth. Other topics include: Cellular Transport; Anatomy and Physiology of plants and animals; Ecology and Organic Adaptation. This course is recommended for those students who are planning a career in medicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, or pre-dental. All students are required to take the College Board's examination for this subject. Success on this exam will grant, to the student, credit or advanced placement at many colleges and universities.

 

 Chemistry   2 Sem 1 Credit

 Prerequisites: Algebra 1 with a minimum grade of 3 and Geometry concurrently. 

The central theme of this course is scientific investigation through hands-on laboratory experimentation and the use of conceptual models. A knowledge base will be acquired through units on:

 Properties and composition of substances
Qualitative and quantitative relationships and measurements of energy
Descriptions and predictions of the products of chemical reactions
Physical interactions of matter and energy

The Chemistry curriculum is aligned with the Arizona State Standards and this course is approved as a laboratory course for university admission.

 


Honors Chemistry
  
2 Sem 1 Credit  

Prerequisites: Algebra with a minimum grade of 2 and taking Geometry concurrently or Honors Algebra/Geometry with a minimum grade of 3, and teacher recommendation.  

Honors Chemistry will cover a wider area of concepts than Chemistry. This class will be lab-oriented with open-ended experiments that will allow students to go beyond the basic principles. Students who need a strong background in Chemistry for their career needs should select this course.

Human Science  1 Sem  .5 Credit

A one semester class covering the structures and functions of the human body.  Usually taken opposite Environmental Science.

Environmental Science 1 Sem .5 Credit

A one semester class covering topics of current environmental concern as well as the science behind environmental phenomena.  Usually taken opposite Human Science.


Honors Physics
   2 Sem 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Geometry with minimum grade of 3, Algebra 2 concurrently, and teacher recommendation.

 In Honors Physics, mathematical concepts are applied to solving problems and deriving laws to help explain natural behavior. Topics covered include: kinematics, dynamics, thermodynamics, wave motion, light, electrostatics, electric circuits, and electromagnetism. This course is needed by those students who plan on entering into a career involving: education, pre-medical, pre-dental, architecture, forestry, engineering, electronics, communication, chemistry or law.

 

Advanced Placement Physics    2 Sem 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a minimum grade of 2, and teacher recommendation.

 Advanced Placement Physics will cover the Advanced Placement curriculum including on modern theories such as quantum and relativity, and atomic and nuclear physics. The problem solving that is included in this course requires students to use analysis skills and apply knowledge from a broad range of formulas. This course is recommended for students desiring to complete the advanced placement examination.