High School

Science Department

Physical Science 9

(1 credit) Required

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra

This is a basic, but in-depth, science class that covers principles in chemistry and physics. Foundational concepts will be taught that can be used in later science classes. Chemistry concepts covered include building of the Periodic Table, structure of the atom, and bonding. Physics concepts include a history of science and application of it to the Creation Mandate, classifications and changes in matter, dimensional analysis, kinematics, dynamics, energy, work, simple machines, and electricity. This is a lab-based class with hands-on activities presented for each unit of study.

 

Biology 10

(1 credit) Required

This course is a study of the cell, genetics, and the plant and animal kingdom. It includes an overview of the systems of the human body. There are numerous science labs during the year including dissection of an eyeball and a microscope lab.

 

Chemistry 11

(1 credit) Required: Chemistry or Intro to Physics and Chemistry

Prerequisite: Algebra I

The Chemistry course begins with the scientific method and a discussion of the history of Chemistry. The classification and states of matter and the elements are discussed in detail. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, and nomenclature are covered extensively. Chemical reactions, acids/bases and redox reactions, and stoichiometry are studied and applied in hands-on labs.

 

Introduction of Physical and Chemistry 11

(1 credit) Required: Chemistry or Intro to Physics and Chemistry

This class is an elective science class that investigates weather, atmosphere, water, physics of motion, Newton’s laws, the hydrosphere, and the forces on the earth. This is a hands on class with many experiments.

 

Physics (11-12)

(1 credit) Elective

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Velocity, speed, and acceleration will be worked with extensively, along with Newton’s Laws, force, motion momentum and the concepts of work, energy and gravitation. Wave theory will be introduced that includes key concepts of sound. Light & optics are discussed. Magnetism and electricity are also studied. This is a lab-based class with hands-on activities presented for each unit of study.

 

Anatomy (11-12)

(.5 credit) Elective

Prerequisite – Biology – B or better

Students will investigate the systems of the human body in depth. Special dissection of the animal specimens are included as well as a study of the Drosophila fly and genetics.