Science Department

To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn three credits of science: Biology 1, Chemistry 1 or Physics, plus one more lab science.


ECOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9

This course deals with the human impact on the environment, the relationship of organisms to each other within their environment and conservation. This course includes labs and some dissection.


 PHYSICAL SCIENCE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10

This course is an introduction to Physics and Chemistry.  Students learn proper scientific investigation methods and reporting through experimentation, data collection, graphing, and analysis.  Physics topics include Newton’s Laws, acceleration, universal forces, waves, momentum, lenses, magnetism, and electricity.  Chemistry topics include the periodic table of elements, chemical reactions, atomic structure, chemical bonding, nuclear and organic chemistry, and electron configuration.  This is a lab course.  Learning methods include online interaction, class and online discussions, labs, simulations, demonstrations, unit tests and departmental benchmark exams.  Basic algebra is needed.



BIOLOGY 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 9-12
  • Regular or honors Biology required course for graduation

This course is a laboratory science course that investigates the relationship between the structure and function of molecules, organisms, and systems.  Students discover biological concepts through inquiry approach.  Standards for Scientific Inquiry, Technology and Engineering, and Mathematics are taught in the context of the content standards: From Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes, Ecosystems, Heredity, and Biological Change.  Learning methods include online interaction, class and online discussions, labs, simulations, demonstrations, unit tests and departmental benchmark exams.  This course prepares students for the End of Course exam.


BIOLOGY HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 9-10
  • Regular or honors Biology required course for graduation

This course is a laboratory science course that investigates the relationship between the structure and function of molecules, organisms, and systems.  Students discover biological concepts through inquiry approach.  Standards for Scientific Inquiry, Technology and Engineering, and Mathematics are taught in the context of the content standards:  From Molecules to Organisms:  Structures and Processes, Heredity, Ecosystems, and Biological Change. Learning methods include online interaction, class and online discussions, labs, simulations, demonstrations, unit tests and departmental benchmark exams.  This course prepares students for the End of Course exam.  Students enrolling in the course should have strong academic standing and possess good study and homework completion habits, as well as the ability to work independently. This is a fast-paced, challenging course.


CHEMISTRY 1

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Completed or concurrently taking Algebra 1A & 1B ; Regular or honors Chemistry required course for graduation or Physics

This course is based on the seven core concepts (patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and, stability and change.  Topics covered include classification of matter, atomic theory, electron arrangement, chemical bonding, formulas and IUPAC nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, and nuclear chemistry.  These topics and core concepts will be explored through laboratory techniques, manipulation of chemical quantities and advanced problem-solving techniques.  Scientific and engineering practices are embedded as a means to learn about specific topics identified for the course.  Engaging in these practices will help students become scientifically literate and astute consumers of scientific information.  Coursework requires high competency with Algebra I skills.


CHEMISTRY HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Completed or concurrently taking Algebra 1A & 1B ; Regular or honors Chemistry required course for graduation or Physics

This course is based on the seven core concepts (patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and, stability and change.  Topics covered include classification of matter, atomic theory, electron arrangement, chemical bonding, formulas and IUPAC nomenclature, chemical equations, stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, and nuclear chemistry.  These topics and core concepts will be explored through laboratory techniques, manipulation of chemical quantities and advanced problem-solving techniques.  Scientific and engineering practices are embedded as a means to learn about specific topics identified for the course.  Engaging in these practices will help students become scientifically literate and astute consumers of scientific information.  Coursework requires high competency with Algebra I skills.  This course is fast-paced, challenging, and requires higher math skills than for Chemistry I.


 BIOLOGY 2 HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

Biology II is a science course with prerequisites of both Biology I and Chemistry I.  This class is open to students who have met these requirements and is required for all students enrolling in AP Biology.  This course will encompass a more in depth study of cell biology and associated biochemistry, energy processes, heredity, biodiversity and change, and comparison of form and function of plant and animal systems.  This course will meet the Tennessee Standards for Biology II as well as those for related topics in AP Biology.


CHEMISTRY 2 HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

Chemistry 2 provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. This class is required for all students enrolling in AP Chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: elemental analysis, properties of solutions, electrochemistry, molecular geometry and intermolecular forces, thermodynamics, and properties of gases.   Laboratory experiments are designed to reinforce lecture topics and the math calculations applied to chemical principles.  Students enrolling in the course should have strong academic standing and possess good study and homework completion habits, as well as the ability to work independently.


 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a laboratory science course that includes an in-depth study of the body systems that maintain homeostasis from anatomical, physiological, and histological perspectives. Students explore anatomical and physiological concepts through an inquiry-based approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry and Technology & Engineering are taught in the context of the content standards for Anatomical Orientation, Protection, Support, and Movement, Integration and Regulation, Transportation, Absorption and Excretion, and Reproduction, Growth, and Development.



EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 1 & Chemistry 1

The Earth and Space Science course examines the role of Earth’s place in the universe, the interplay of Earth’s systems, and the interrelationships between Earth’s systems and human activity. Inherent in this course is a look at how Earth has changed over time and the dynamics that continue to affect it. As events have impacts on the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere, there are also sphere-to-sphere dynamics taking place in the short, medium, and long-term. This is a lab course, with an emphasis on important 21st century critical thinking skills.


MACROBIOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 1 & Chemistry 1
  • This course does not satisfy the requirement for a 3rd lab science but will count towards the math/science focus

This course introduces students to the major groups of living organisms. The students will explore the following: Comparative Mammalian Physiology, Botany, and Fungi. For the laboratory component, students will explore the different plant phyla, reproduction of flowering plants, and the anatomy of different organisms with specimen dissections.


PHYSICS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Students should have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry with a recommended grade of an A or B and be concurrently taking Algebra 2 or a higher level math course

Physics is the study of the physical world with an emphasis on the relationship between matter and energy. This course is a survey designed to prepare students for further study at the college level and is also beneficial for those students who are interested in careers in technology, engineering, or other related fields. Areas of study will include linear motion and its causes, fluid mechanics, sound, vibrations and waves, electricity and circuits and possibly other areas as time permits. Students will use algebra I, geometry & some trigonometry in all areas of study (although the trigonometry skills needed can be gained in the course itself). Inquiry-based laboratory experiences and hands-on projects are major components of the class.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit 
  • Lab Science
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Biology 2

AP Biology is an introductory college level biology course and is suggested for students pursuing a career in the sciences or a related field such as healthcare or engineering.  This course focuses on educational standards set forth by the College Board with specific learning objectives that stem from the four big ideas of evolution, cellular processes, genetics, and biological systems interactions.  Students develop their understanding of biology through inquiry based investigations.  This course is an in-depth course of study that includes cell structure and function, bioenergetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, genetics, evolution, and cell communication. 


ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit 
  • Lab Science
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry 2 and concurrently taking Algebra 2 or a higher math course

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, bond theory, kinetics, equilibrium (general, acid-base, buffers, and solubility product), and organic chemistry.  Laboratory experiments are designed to reinforce lecture topics and the math calculations applied to chemical principles.   Students enrolling in the course should have strong academic standing and possess good study and homework completion habits, as well as the ability to work independently.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS I - ALGEBRA BASED

  • One Semester (fall)
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Pre-requisite: No prior course work in physics is necessary.
  • Students should have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry with a grade of an A or B and be concurrently taking Algebra 2 or a higher level math course.
  • Although the Physics 1 course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained in the concurrent math course.

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound. LABORATORY REQUIREMENT—this course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry based investigations that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the foundational physics principles and apply the science practices. Inquiry-based laboratory experiences support the AP Physics 1 course by providing opportunities for students to engage in the seven science practices as they design plans for experiments, make predictions, collect and analyze data, apply mathematical routines, develop explanations, and communicate about their work.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS II - ALGEBRA BASED

  • One Semester (spring)
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Pre-requisite: AP Physics I; Students should have completed Algebra 2

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: fluids; thermodynamics; electrical force, field, and potential; electric circuits; magnetism and electromagnetic induction; geometric and physical optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. LABORATORY REQUIREMENT—this course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the foundational physics principles and apply the science practices. Inquiry-based laboratory experiences support the AP Physics 2 course by providing opportunities for students to engage in the seven science practices as they design plans for experiments, make predictions, collect and analyze data, apply mathematical routines, develop explanations, and communicate about their work.


AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • Lab Science
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12
  • Pre-requisite: Biology & Chemistry 

AP Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on ecological processes, human impacts on the Earth, and how to resolve or prevent natural and human-made environmental problems. This course is designed to allow students to explore and investigate the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. In addition, students will have opportunities to perform hands-on experiments and analyses involving the study of air, water, and soil qualities as a part of the lab component of this course with an emphasis on current global and local environmental issues.