SC101YTDGE 1 Credit - Grade 9
Is a full year course introducing the basic principles and applications of matter, its properties and reactions, the interactions of matter, selected topics from chemistry, and the basic principles of physics and earth sciences. Topics include the physics of motion and forces, work and energy, simple machines, light and sound, astronomy, and processes that shape the structure of the earth. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. This course must be passed for entrance into Biology.
SC102YTDGE 1 Credit - Grades 11-12
Is a full year course which combines basic concepts from earth and environmental science. Topics include a history of our planet through fossils, mineralogy, plate tectonics, and oceanography. Environmental studies includes investigating the quality of our air, water, soil and examining the biotic and abiotic influences on ecosystems and the various factors which aide in determining the quality of life on earth. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – AP / ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
SC102YTDAP/SC102YDECL 1 Credit - Grades 10-12
The AP Environmental Science course is designed to provide students with the scientific theories, models, and techniques that will allow them to analyze local, regional and global environmental issues. A strong emphasis is placed on science, stewardship and sustainability. Students will utilize critical, creative, logical and reflective thinking to study and evaluate natural and human induced environmental problems. The course requires an interdisciplinary view that ranges across the social sciences, ethics, politics, mathematics, and many other scientific fields. Labs, field trips and special assignments are important aspects of the environmental science curriculum. Prerequisites: A student should be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, have taken a basic science class in high school, and have passed Algebra 1 or Geometry with a C or higher to enroll in the AP Environmental Science class. The student may be taking Geometry concurrently to be enrolled in the AP Environmental Science class. Students should be aware that they must complete a summer assignment that will be due upon their return to school after the summer break. Students should also be prepared to use superior study skills and organizational skills in order to stay on top of their coursework
SC110YTDGE 1 Credit - Grade 10
Is the study of living things and life processes so students gain an appreciation of the world of which they are a part. It provides the student with an awareness of the problems of everyday living. The branches of Biology included are botany, zoology, ecology, genetics, and heredity. Required of all Grade 10 students. There will be one lab period per week. Prerequisite: Physical Science.
SC110YTDHO 1 Credit - Grade 10
This introductory honors course of Biology is a yearlong survey of such topics as cellular biology, biochemistry, taxonomy, evolution, human body systems, as well as traditional and applied genetics. Student centered activities are included to support the study of these areas. CAPT preparation is incorporated into the design of this course. Prerequisite: Physical Science
SC110YTDAP 1 Credits Grades 11-12
Is equivalent to a college-level introductory Biology course and follows the College Board's A.P. Biology Curriculum. Students will be expected to do considerable independent learning because the breadth and depth of the content, the kind of laboratory work, and the sophistication of the technology mirrors a college-level course. It is expected that students will take the A.P. exam in May, which may lead to college credit. The class meets for a double period each day. Prerequisites: Successful completion of one year of Biology and one year of Chemistry with a final grade of 85 or above.
SC201YTDGE 1 Credit - Grades 11-12
Is a full year course designed to provide students with the knowledge of the fundamental laws and concepts of our physical world as evidenced by chemical change. This course stresses chreactions, their occurrences, and the energy transfers associated with these reactions. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science and one year of Algebra I with a grade no less than a “C.”
CHEMISTRY - AP
SC201YTDAP 1 Credit - Grades 11-12
Is the equivalent of the first year chemistry course generally taken in college. It follows the A.P. Chemistry curriculum outlined by the College Board and is intended to prepare the student for success on the A.P. exam. Critical thinking, analytical skills and problem solving are emphasized. Students should be prepared to do a minimum of five hours a week of independent study. A strong math background is helpful, and algebra skills are essential.
SC301YTDGE 1 Credit - Grade 12
Is a course designed to prepare students with concepts related to the mechanics of motion, energy and momentum, rotational motion, sound, light, waves, electricity and magnetism. It is accompanied by the appropriate laboratory work as emphasized in the district science curriculum. Prerequisite: Must pass two years of science and Algebra I with a grade no less than “C.”
PHYSICS - AP
SC301YTDAP 1 Credit - Grades 11-12
Is a full year intense and comprehensive lab science course that follows the AP Physics Curriculum as outlined by the College Board. The course covers all aspects of mechanics, vibration analysis, waves, light, electricity and nuclear physics. This class is the equivalent of a college level physics course for science and engineering majors and will be conducted as such. Prerequisite: Must pass Chemistry and Algebra II with a minimum of “B+” in both subjects.
SC305YTDGE 1 Credit - Grades 11-12
Is a full year course designed to introduce students to concepts related to ancient astronomers, cosmology, the life in space and the tools of the astronomer. In addition, asteroids, comets and meteorites will be studied, along with stars, galaxies, constellations, and the current NASA space program. Prerequisite: Two years of science.
SC338YTDGE 1 Credit - Grade 12
Oceanography will explore geological, physical, chemical and biological processes of the world’s oceans. Students will focus on environmental issues facing oceans today, including global climate destabilization, the impact of population growth on costal environments, marine pollution, and the state of marine fisheries.