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All students are required to complete 4 years of science for graduation. Each student takes biology, chemistry, and physics. The 4th year of science can be chosen from the list below.

Anatomy and Physiology

Prerequisite - Successful completion of or concurrent registration in College Preparatory Physics or higher. (some exceptional Biology students may be considered for 10th grade placement with a teacher recommendation only)

 Human Anatomy and Physiology is an in-depth study of the structure and function of the human body. This course is based on a systems approach with an emphasis on metabolic processes, homeostasis, and clinical applications. Dissection of frogs, fetal pigs, and cow hearts are required in this course. Also, current health breakthroughs are researched and discussed as they apply to our study.   The study of the human body is an extensive and elaborate process which requires substantial class work

 AP Biology

Prerequisite - Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher. (some Honors/Gifted biology students may be considered for 10th grade placement with a teacher recommendation only)

 AP Biology may be taken by students after successfully completing a first year course in high school biology. The AP Biology course is structured to include a comparable range of content topics and laboratory experiences found in a college biology course for majors. The topics include those covered in a first year high school biology course with additional material that examines molecular genetics, biotechnology and human systems. All these topics are examined at a deeper and broader level than in Biology I. AP Biology also provides a forum for questioning and discussing contemporary topics of interest. Each student is encouraged and supported in implementing personal learning styles and strengths that also aide in preparing students for subsequent rigorous study. In addition to earning college credit for successfully completing AP Biology, the students will develop “the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology”. (AP Biology Course Description, The College Board)

.AP Chemistry

Prerequisite - Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher.

 This is a college-level chemistry course. The objectives for this course follow the College Board syllabus, preparing students for the optional Advanced Placement exam.

 Oceanography

Prerequisite: Successful completion of College Preparatory Chemistry or higher. (some exceptional Biology students may be considered for 10th grade placement with a teacher recommendation only)

 This course is an in-depth study of oceanography. Topics studied include historical oceanography, plate tectonics, properties of water, ocean circulation, marine sediments, interactions between air, land and sea, and marine environments, resources and pollution.

Forensics

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher and Integrated Algebra II.

Forensic science is the study of the application of science to the law. This integrated science course is designed to explore the scientific and technological aspects of criminal investigations. Topics will include the study of DNA, glass, blood, fingerprinting, chemical residues, and evidence collection as it relates to forensic issues. Applications to court cases, literature, psychology, and criminology will also be examined.

Biotechnology

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher

Biotechnology integrates the fundamental concepts of life and physical sciences with the technical skills needed to work in today's bioscience laboratories. The target audience includes those students who traditionally choose postsecondary options at a technical college as well as preparing students for postsecondary education in courses such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, genetics, and immunology at a four year college. This is a lab intensive course and is designed to teach students the scientific concepts and laboratory techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology.  The students are introduced to the basic tools used in biotechnology, measurement techniques, solution preparation, sterile techniques, electrophoresis, microscopy,  growing and maintaining bacterial and fungal cultures, spectrophotometry, PCR, ELISA, and transformation.  Issues related specifically to the biotechnology industry, such as understanding the product development process, and ethical and legal concerns are addressed.

Earth Systems

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher

Earth systems interact to produce the environment in which we live and may affect, through present and future changes, the habitability of earth. Earth systems is a science elective course that examines the structure, formation, and evolution of the earth. Lab exercises include learning to identify and interpret minerals and rocks, using aerial photographs and topographic maps to understand landscapes and landscape processes, and investigating the effects erosion has on various land masses. Earth Systems will help you understand the relationships between human cultural adaptations and various environments. You will also explore, among other topics, the "three big questions" of geology: How old is the earth? How have the earth's continents and oceans changed through time? What forces are currently acting to alter the surface of the earth?

 Astronomy

Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in College Preparatory Physics or higher

This course is an in-depth study of astronomy. Topics studied include the history of astronomy; the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun; and the study of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe.