Science

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Honors Biology
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year

This course investigates the composition, diversity, complexity, and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment, and the interactions within and between them. Quarterly projects will be a part of this course.

CP Biology
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year

This course investigates the composition, diversity, complexity, and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment, and the interactions within and between them. Quarterly projects will be a part of this course.

Biology
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year

This course investigates the composition, diversity, complexity, and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment, and the interactions within and between them. Quarterly projects will be a part of this course.

Integrated Science
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year

This introductory course is designed to allow students to explore the fundamental concepts of science skills, chemistry, and biology, including scientific notation, metric conversion, scientific method, graphing, and lab techniques. Students will explore the relationships between science and everyday life.Inquiry labs, hands-on activities, and dissection will be a part of the curriculum. Emphasis will be placed upon the Ohio New Learning Standards, Science/Grade Level Expectations, and 21st Century learning skills.

Honors Chemistry
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: Honors Biology

Subjects emphasized in Honors Chemistry include atomic theory and its influence on bonding, the periodic table, chemical nomenclature, ionic charge and oxidation numbers, chemical/physical changes, chemical equations, molar conversions, stoichiometry, phases of matter, gas laws, solubility, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. There is extensive lab work to support and illustrate information presented in lecture.

CP Chemistry
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: CP Biology and Algebra I

This course includes atomic theory and history, atomic bonding, the periodic table, chemical nomenclature, ionic charge and oxidation numbers, chemical/physical changes, chemical equations, molar conversions, stoichiometry, phases of matter, gas laws, solubility, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. Lab work and demonstrations give students hands-on experience.

Materials Science
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year

Materials science is a discipline that links applied chemistry directly to useful products. The content of the course introduces some basic chemistry concepts but focuses mostly on content in the areas of solids, metals, polymers, ceramics and glasses, composites, electronic materials, and nanotechnology. The content of the course has been developed with materials and support from ASM International, one of the largest technological and scientific communities focusing on metals, polymers, and ceramics. Lab work and demonstrations are included.

AP® Physics I
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: Honors/CP Chemistry and Teacher Recommendation

This class is designed for students who wish to investigate physical laws and theories, relationships of physical phenomena, and the interrelationships of physics to other fields. AP® Physics I will familiarize students with the principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics.It will show the value of experimentation and mathematics in the development of laws and theories in physics and teach the basic skills of problem-solving and scientific thinking in the area of physics. The mathematical emphasis of this course prepares students for college level physics.

CP Physics
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: CP Chemistry, Algebra I, and Geometry

This course investigates physical laws and theories, relationships of physical phenomena, and the connections between physics and other fields. It will familiarize students with the principles of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics. Demonstrations and labs will be incorporated to reinforce understanding. The class will focus on the conceptual understanding of physics with mathematical applications.

AP® Biology
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: Honors/CP Biology and Teacher Recommendation

AP® Biology is a second year course in Biology and covers molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. Laboratory experience is an essential part of the curriculum.

AP® Chemistry
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: Honors/CP Chemistry and Teacher Recommendation

AP® Chemistry reviews all basic concepts in chemistry, focusing on more in-depth investigation of atomic theory, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical equilibria, stoichiometry, electrochemistry, acid/base chemistry, redox reactions, solubility, gas laws, chemical thermodynamics, organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, reaction prediction, chemical nomenclature, and VSEPR theory. Extensive lab work supports and illustrates information presented in class.

AP® Physics II
  • Credit(s): 1
  • Length: Year
  • Pre-requisites: CP Physics/AP® Physics I

This course provides an introduction to both classical and modern physics. AP® Physics II is a second year physics course that will prepare the student for the AP® Physics II exam. This non-calculus, college-level physics course will cover Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, sound, optics, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and relativity. Students will build upon their first year of Physics and delve more deeply into everyday problems that confront scientists and engineers. This course follows the curriculum specified by the College Board.

CP Anatomy & Physiology: Cellular and CP Anatomy & Physiology: Systematic
  • Credit(s): .5 each
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: "C" or better in Biology and Chemistry - Open to grades 11-12

The Anatomy & Physiology courses are designed for students who are considering a career in the health fields or are curious about how the body works.Anatomy covers the structures within the body, while physiology covers the functions of those structures. A student may take one of these semester-long courses without taking the other, but most students get more out of both classes when taken close together. Both courses include dissections, group activities, lab activities, lecture, and class discussion.

Invertebrate Zoology
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: "C" or better in Biology - Open to grades 11-12

Invertebrate Zoology is a semester-long survey course of the invertebrates in the animal kingdom. Animal characteristics, classification, anatomy, behavior, and development are the major topics that will be discussed. The Phyla include:  Porifera, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Platyhelmithes, Nemertea, Nematoda, Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda, and Echinodermata. The class will include labs, hands-on activities, dissections, class discussion, projects, and lecture. Students may take Zoology courses in any order or may take one without taking the other.

Vertebrate Zoology
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: "C" or better in Biology - Open to grades 11-12

Vertebrate Zoology is a semester-long survey course of the vertebrates in the animal kingdom. Animal characteristics, classification, anatomy, behavior, and development are the major topics that will be discussed. The topics covered include the vertebrate chordates:  Osteichthyes, Chondrichthyes, Agnatha, Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves, and Mammalia. The class will include labs, hands-on activities, dissections, class discussion, projects, and lecture. Students may take Zoology courses in any order or may take one without taking the other.

Engineering I
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Geometry - Open to grades 11-12

This course describes the field of engineering and engineering technology, allowing students to explore technology systems and design processes. Through the course students will use math, science, technology, and writing to solve engineering problems. The course is primarily project-based and requires substantial participation by all students. The course also emphasizes teamwork, oral and written communication, and the impact technology has on society. This is the first course in a two semester sequence. The first semester can be taken without taking the second semester.

Engineering II
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Engineering I - Open to grades 11-12

This is a continuation of Engineering I. The course describes the field of engineering and engineering technology, allowing students to explore technology systems and design processes. Through the course students will use math, science, technology, and writing to solve engineering problems. The course is primarily project-based and requires substantial participation by all students. The course also emphasizes teamwork, oral and written communication, and the impact technology has on society. This is the second course in a two semester sequence.

3-D Design
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Open to grades 11-12

In this guided, project based class, students will learn to design objects in 3-D design software and have the opportunity to print them with a 3-D printer. Students will be expected to create at least four designs each quarter. Designs will start basic and will progress to more detail oriented projects.

Ethics in Science
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Open to grades 11-12

The purpose of this course is to engage students in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. Student objectives will include learning the purpose and value of ethical decision-making, having a positive disposition toward continued learning about research ethics, and investigating current science situations.

Astronomy
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Open to grades 11-12

This course is a scientific exploration of the human place in the universe. Astronomy covers the origin and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the solar system. It also compares the Earth's properties with those of the other planets and explores how the heavens have influenced human thought and action. This course includes study of the properties of light and matter and the tools astronomers use to measure radiation from celestial sources. The course also covers exciting contemporary topics such as black holes, the expansion of the universe, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Although largely descriptive, the course will occasionally require the use of basic mathematics.

Biodiversity
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester
  • Pre-requisites: Biology

This class will investigate the source of biological diversity and interspecies dynamics in a wide variety of biomes. Students will investigate the effect of various biotic and abiotic influences, including interspecies relationships and human influences on the fitness of individual species. They will further analyze the ecological impact of species on their own habitats. Students who complete this class will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the importance of biodiversity on the health of ecosystems.

Health
  • Credit(s): .5
  • Length: Semester

This course covers many topics including making healthy choices, managing stress, pregnancy and birth, food and nutrition, movement and coordination, personal care, prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse, and first aid and C.P.R.

Physical Education
  • Credit(s): .25
  • Length: Semester

This course is designed to promote a sense of health, fitness, recreation, and a personal responsibility in being fit. Students are exposed to a variety of lifetime activities aimed at achieving a basic level of fitness including general physical conditioning, physical fitness testing, and various individual and team activities. The course involves activity and lecture. Weight training is also introduced as a method of fitness for life.

* This course will meet physical education requirements. However, a waiver of the requirement for Physical Education can be granted if a student completes two full seasons as a participant on an OHSAA approved inter-scholastic sports team.