Science

Overview

  • Chemistry-H builds a model of the behavior of matter in the universe by thoroughly examining the behavior and properties of the atom. The student is taught to examine data with the intent to discover patterns and to derive workable, usually mathematical, approaches to applying the theories arising from these inferences to the solutions of practical problems. The course is therefore highly math oriented. Problem-solving techniques are heavily emphasized. The course is laboratory oriented.

    Veterinary Science provides a study of anatomy and physiology of small and large animals; proper health maintenance; sanitation; and the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of common diseases. Course work will include animal nutrition, safe handling and restraint, and the control of parasites and diseases. The student will gain practical experience in veterinary medicine by conducting hands-on activities with livestock and will have the opportunity to investigate the field of veterinary medicine

    Agriculture and Soil Chemistry explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students will examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students will develop an Agri-science research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course.

    Agricultural Biology is a laboratory science course, designed for the college-bound student that deals with the life functions and interrelationships of plants and animals. The course focuses on growth and reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, animal and plant taxonomy, nutrition, health and diseases, and the ecological relationship among plants, animals, and humans. The student will be involved in an agriculture project as a “hands-on” activity.

    AP-Chemistry and Chemistry IB SL are second-year honors level chemistry courses with a rigorous curriculum designed for the student planning to major in college science or pursue more advanced chemistry at a university. The courses are math oriented, and techniques in problem solving are heavily emphasized. The student is taught to examine data with the intent to discover patterns and to derive workable, usually mathematical, approaches to applying the theories arising from these inferences.

    Biology is a laboratory science course for the college-bound student. The course emphasizes detailed knowledge of the central concepts, principles, and basic factual material on the following topics: molecular and cellular aspects of living things, structure and function of plants and animals, genetics, evolution, plant and animal diversity and principles of classification, ecological relationships, and animal behavior. This course satisfies the life science graduation requirement.

    Chemistry is a natural science that deals with the composition, properties, structure, and reactions of matter. An emphasis is placed upon laboratory experiences, class discussions, and problem-solving activities. This course satisfies the physical science graduation requirement.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology surveys the structure and functions of the body. An intensive study is made of each of the body systems and organs. This course will include the study of cells, tissues, genetics, and disorders. Each of the units studied includes laboratory investigations and dissections. These studies will lead to a greater understanding of how the body systems work together as a whole. This course satisfies the life science graduation requirement.

    Physics introduces the student to the basic laws of nature in the physical universe. The focus is upon motion, energy waves, light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic and nuclear structures. The student is challenged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving ability. As much as possible, opportunities are provided to investigate physical phenomenon in the Laboratory while gaining skills that are useful in future work in Science.

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