• Welcome to the Science Department.

     

    Teachers:

    Melissa Boehler

    Melissa Boehler

    Biology I Honors

    Marine Science Honors

    Anatomy Honors

     

    Miranda Mullins

    Miranda Mullins

    Biology I Honors

    Biology II

     

     

    Jodi Rielly

    Jodi Reilly

    CP & H Chemistry

    CP & H Forensic Science

    Honors Science Research

     

    Tiffany Sellers

    Tiffany Sellers

    AP Biology

    AP Environmental Science

    Anatomy Honors

     

    Chris Uhrain

    Chris Uhrain

    Honors Physics

    AP Physics

    Introduction to Engineering

     

    Madeline Hinckle

    Madeline Hinckle

    Astronomy

    Physical Science

    Chemistry CP & Honors

     

    Colleen Seeber

    Colleen Seeber

    AP & Honors Chemistry

     

    The following courses are offered:

     

     

    Anatomy & Physiology Honors

    Prerequisite: Biology I & Chemistry

    Honors anatomy and physiology is an introductory course focusing on the structure of the human body, from the cellular level to the body system level, and the main functions of those structures. Anatomy will include the muscles, bones, nerves, veins, and organs necessary for normal body functions. Physiology is the study of what goes on inside the “anatomy” during everyday life and during physical exertion. In addition, all body systems will be explored - skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.   The lab units will consist of hands-on animal dissection, and physical activity labs.

     

    AP Biology

    Prerequisite:  Biology and Chemistry Honors

    Students will be expected to develop a conceptual framework for modern biology.  In order to develop a conceptual framework,

    students will be expected to develop an  understanding of the major concepts in biology; Science as a Process, Evolution, Energy Transfer, Continuity and Change, Relationship of Structure and Function,

    Regulation, Interdependence in Nature and Science, Technology, and Society.  Descriptive and experimental laboratory exercises will be assigned to promote deeper understanding of the content.  These laboratory exercises will focus on higher order thinking, generating

    ideas, and formulating hypothesis.  At the end of the course, students will be expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam. This is a year-long course.

     

    AP Chemistry

    Prerequisite: Chemistry Honors

    For students who wish to pursue a science-oriented college degree. Further develops chemical topics with an emphasis on environmental chemistry, chemical industries, and physical chemistry. Substantial time will be devoted to laboratory work.  Student will be expected to take the AP exam. This is a year-long course.

     

    AP Physics

    Prerequisite:  Physics Honors

    AP Physics 1 is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. It is designed to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The full course also allows time for inclusion of physics content specified by state standards. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits

     

    AP Environmental Science

    Prerequisites: Biology Honors and either Chemistry or Physics Honors

    The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Unlike most other introductory-level college science courses, environmental science is offered from a wide variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography. In both breadth and level of detail, the content of the course reflects what is found in many introductory college courses in environmental science.

     

    Astronomy CP

    Prerequisite: Biology 1

    Astronomy surveys the history of astronomy, the nature of planetary systems (particularly,

    our own Solar System), as well as the nature and evolution stars, galaxies, and the Universe.  

    The course emphasized the physical processes at work in the universe and the methods we use to learn about the universe.   

     

    Biology I Honors   

    Biology Honors is an introductory laboratory-based science course designed to familiarize the college-bound student with the major concepts of  biological science: the cell; molecular bases of heredity; biological evolution; interdependence of organisms; matter; energy; organization in living systems; behavior and regulation. This course provides numerous opportunities for students to develop science process skills, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the nature of science through inquiry-based learning experiences. Investigative, hands-on lab activities that address the high school inquiry standards are an integral part of this course. Throughout the course, students will be assessed using various formative and summative evaluation tools. All Biology students will take the Biology End of Course Examination Program test.

    Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course.

     

    Biology II CP   

    Prerequisite: Biology I; and/or Chemistry

    This course includes a study of living things

    and their interrelationships, levels of biological

    organization, human biology, and social implications.  Laboratory investigations reinforce the understanding of living things, their functions, and their interrelationships.

     

    Chemistry CP  

    Prerequisite: Biology I

    This course includes a study of the structure

    and organization of matter, chemical bonding,

    chemical equilibrium, chemical reactions, and

    environmental effects.

     

    Chemistry Honors    

    Prerequisite:  Biology I Honors, Algebra II (or concurrent)

    This course includes a study of the structure

    and organization of matter, chemical bonding,

    chemical equilibrium, chemical reactions, and environmental effects. Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course.

     

    Forensic Science CP

    Prerequisites: Biology I

    Recommended: Chemistry

    This course is designed to help students to develop concept mastery, problem-solving skills, and critical/creative thinking. Because the skills presented in forensics are summative in nature with all being necessary to the field, it is highly recommended that you complete every assignment in a timely and thorough manner. Topics include Introduction to Forensics, Biological and Physical Evidence, Impression Evidence, Science of Homicide, Other Crimes, Document Analysis, and Forensic Psychology --Diagnostic Medicine may be incorporated throughout.

     

    Forensic Science Honors

    Prerequisites: Biology I Honors

    Recommended: Chemistry Honors

    The goal of this course is to foster critical thinking in students as they incorporate prior knowledge from other science disciplines (biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy), utilize inductive and deductive reasoning skills to make decisions about the relevance of information and the importance of what is collected, and analyze evidence to make decisions concerning criminal ramifications. Moreover, the goal of this course is to promote an understanding for processing crimes and a respect for those involved in that process.

    Possible topics include (but are not limited to) Overview of Forensics, Interrogation and Forensic Reporting, Forensic Laboratory Techniques, Arson and Fire Investigation, Explosions, Body Systems (with Pathology and Diagnostic Medicine incorporated), Physical Trauma, Physiology of Alcohol and Poisons, Advanced Concepts in DNA, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Entomology, Crime and Accident Reconstruction, Cyber Crimes, Digital and Social Networking, and Criminal Profiling

    Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course.

     

    Marine Science Honors

    Prerequisite: Biology 1

    This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who wishes to obtain an in-depth awareness of coastal and marine systems. The course will include a study of the biological, physical, chemical, and geological aspects of oceanography, marine biology, coastal environment, and the interrelationships among the disciplines. Instructional strategies include inquiry-based laboratory and field experiences, speakers, and projects. Because experimentation is the basis of science, laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course. Investigative, hands-on lab activities that address high school inquiry standards and science and engineering practices are central to effective instruction in this course. Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course.

     

    Physics CP   

    Prerequisite:  Biology I

    This is a laboratory-based course which will include investigations into topics such as electricity, mechanics, light, wave and particle nature of matter, and thermodynamics. These investigations will draw heavily on math skills for data collection, manipulation, and analysis.

    Physics Honors

    Prerequisite:  Biology I; Chemistry I

    This course will include an extensive experience in laboratory work to investigate topics such as electricity, mechanics, light, wave and particle nature of matter, and thermodynamics. These investigations will draw heavily upon the students’ math skills for data collection, manipulation, and analysis.

    Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course.

     

    Physical Science Honors  

    This course is for the highly self-motivated

    science student who wishes to develop a strong knowledge and skill base to support future science courses such as Chemistry and Physics Honors.  This course introduces the student to mathematics as the language of science, basic concepts of science, research, and laboratory skills and techniques. Students will be expected to complete an Honors Science Portfolio for this course. 

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