SCIENCE

The Science Department endeavors to give students the opportunity to grow in knowledge and understanding of themselves and others, knowledge and appreciation of their environment, and understanding and appreciation of how natural laws are developed. Although ALL science courses offered are laboratory courses, BIOLOGY, due to its content, is required for graduation. AP courses offered are most successful if the honors curriculum is followed.

BIOLOGY

Grade: 9
Course: 202
1 Credit

This program stresses the major concepts of biology which every person should know to understand themselves and the world in which they live.  This class is designed with a minimum of math and a maximum of laboratory inquiry, including dissection, to present biological facts and discoveries.

BIOLOGY

Grade: 9
Course: 204
1 Credit

Biology details the diversity of the processes and structures of living organisms. These are related to the unifying principles and characteristics of all life. This course will include human anatomy and physiology with laboratory dissection. Laboratory skills and critical thinking are also a vital part of the course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

HONORS BIOLOGY

Grade: 9
Course: 216
1 Credit

Honors Biology will begin by examining the molecular and microscopic levels of life. The detailed study of the cell will be followed by an exploration of the processes of heredity as related to human reproduction. During investigation of mammalian anatomy, dissection and other topics including evolution, development, metabolism and bioethics will be covered.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

BIOLOGY: STUDY OF LIFE

Grade: 11
Course: 222
1 Credit

This program stresses the major concepts of Biology which every person should know to understand ourselves and the world in which we live. This class is designed with a minimum of math and a maximum of laboratory inquiry, including dissection, to present biological facts and discoveries.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 248
1 Credit

This course endeavors to prepare the college bound student in four major areas of science. These areas are: cell biology, human physiology, zoology, and botany. Form and function will be emphasized. A variety of approaches will be used, which include lecture, experimentation, research, dissection, and microscope work.

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry and Approval of Department Chair

HONORS HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 266
1 Credit

This is a rigorous, college level course which studies the activities that are characteristic of living matter Within the human body. This course includes a detailed explanation of the physiology and anatomy of the systems of the human body. The student will develop an understanding of the relationship between structure and function and how these create homeostasis within a typical human body. This course is lab oriented with emphasis placed on animal dissections and examination of related anatomic models. Additionally, students may apply to earn dual credit to receive college credit through the College of DuPage.

Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry with a 87 Average or better in both classes and Teacher Recommendation

CHEMISTRY

Grade: 10, 11, 12
Course: 274
1 Credit

Chemistry presents the students topics normally found in a classical high school chemistry class. Topics covered include atomic structure, mole theory, states of matter, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, and chemical structures. Math is used throughout the year. Topics are developed through class discussion and related lab experiments. Critical thinking and lab safety are stressed.

Prerequisite: 77 Average or better in Biology or Approval of Department Chair

HONORS CHEMISTRY

Grade: 10, 11, 12
Course: 276
1 Credit

This course centers around the modern chemical theory of the mole and its relation to compounds, atomic structures, and solutions. Laboratory analysis and problem solving are essential and the student will acquire the tools necessary for further study in the field of science.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 278
1 Credit

This is a course in the principles of Chemistry for students who have an interest in biological sciences, physical sciences or engineering. Topics will include: stoichiometry; properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions; chemical equilibrium; chemical thermodynamics; and chemical kinetics. The areas of nuclear chemistry, periodic and descriptive properties of the elements, and some organic chemistry will be included.

Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry, Physics and Teacher Recommendation

EARTH SCIENCE

Grade: 10, 11, 12
Course: 284
1 Credit

Earth Science includes these areas: Astronomy, Oceanography, Geology and Meteorology.

Experimentation is an integral part of the course. Chicago's geology, as it relates to local glaciation, and Chicago's weather, is integrated in this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 292
1 Credit

This laboratory course will study matter and energy as well as their relationships to our technological world. Physical science is designed for students who would like to study matter and energy but do not plan to pursue a science related career. Therefore, students enrolled in this class have not taken chemistry or physics and will not do so in their senior year.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

PHYSICS

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 294
1 Credit

Physics is the study of energy. This course will cover three of the four branches of Physics, namely, motion, thermal energy, nuclear, and waves. As a math-based science, students will be expected to analyze and solve problems in each of these areas. College bound, above average students should consider this class.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

HONORS PHYSICS

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 296
1 Credit

Physics is the study of the energy in the universe. Areas to be examined in this course include: motion, forces, vectors, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the grand unification theory. As a math-based science, students will be expected to analyze and solve problems in each area. This course is helpful to anyone interested in the further study of mathematics and science.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

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