ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Anatomy & Physiology is a college prep course designed for students interested in medical sciences. This course starts with cells and their chemistry and biology, and then works through human structures and systems. Also addressed will be various careers in the medical sciences and common diseases and disorders.
BIOLOGY (NCAA Approved)
Biology explores fundamental characteristics of living matter from the human body to the ecological community with emphasis on general biological principles. This class presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology. Students will discuss cells, tissues, and selected human systems. This course introduces the diversity of living organisms, their structure, function, and evolution.
CHEMISTRY (NCAA Approved)
Grades 11-12. Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Chemistry is a lab-based, year-long course (i.e., students may not start the class after 1st quarter unless approved by the instructor). During the first quarter, students learn the fundamental topics for studying chemistry (e.g., density, physical and chemical properties and changes). Second quarter is dedicated to learning atomic theory (e.g., periodic table, atomic structure, chemical formulas). Third quarter includes topics related to chemical reactions (e.g., bonding, Lewis dot diagrams, types of reactions, balancing equations, molar mass, and stoichiometry). Finally, during fourth quarter, student topics highlight the chemistry of food, household products, and fireworks (e.g., calorimetry, molecular structure, chromatography, polarity, acids and bases, electrochemistry, gas laws, combustion).
EARTH SCIENCE (NCAA Approved)
This course focuses on the exploration of our planet and the universe surrounding it. Labs, computer programs, and projects are essential parts of this course. The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the various amazing elements of our planet.
FORENSIC SCIENCE (NCAA Approved)
Crime scene investigations varying from hair analysis to blood analysis are conducted in this class. Students use observation, critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and various lab skills to solve crimes. The purpose of this class is to provide inquiry based and critical thinking skills in a science elective for students.
NEUROPHYSIOLOGY (NCAA Approved)
This course will investigate the functioning of the human brain with an emphasis on the main lobes of the brain, location and functions of the following: brain reward system; neurons, synapse and neurotransmitter typical functioning and in drug use; the study and classification of drugs, their impact on body and brain functioning; short term and long term physiological effects of drug usage, as well as the effect on society and upon individuals.
Grades 11-12. Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Physics is a project-based course structured into four potentially independent quarters (i.e., students may enter physics at the start of any quarter). First quarter projects address one-dimensional motion; second quarter is devoted to two-dimensional motion. The major topics for third and fourth quarter are electricity and optics, respectively.