Biology with Laboratory Component, Honors (6 periods, 6 credits)
Biology/Life Science core content is focused on the use of life science principles as powerful conceptual tools to make sense of the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of life on earth. Students engage in laboratory and authentic learning experiences that encourage the application of biological knowledge to make decisions and solve problems. This course is designated for students with exceptional math and science skills. The course covers the major topics of modern biology and students must demonstrate active participation and independent study.
Chemistry with Laboratory Component, Honors (6 periods, 6 credits)
The topics covered in this course include those covered in academic chemistry but at a more rigorous pace. Major concepts considered are atoms and the periodic table, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Students must have exceptional math and science skills and be independent learners.
Physics with Laboratory Component, Honors (6 periods, 6 credits)
This is a course that will give students an understanding of Physical Science principles, including fundamental ideas about matter, energy, and motion. Topics include: the science of Physics, motion in one dimension, two-dimensional motion and vectors, forces and the laws of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion and gravitation, fluid mechanics, heat, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, sound, light, electrical energy, circuits and magnetism.
AP Environmental Science (6 periods, 6 credits)
This course follows the guidelines of the College Board to provide students with an understanding of the scientific principles and methods used to understand the natural world, to identify and analyze natural and man-made environmental problems, and to evaluate both the risks of and the potential solutions to environmental problems. This interdisciplinary course will build and expand upon existing student knowledge in the physical and biological sciences, incorporating engineering practices. Among the topics to be explored are earth and space science, energy flow in ecosystems, population dynamics, land and water resources, energy resources, and pollution. These topics will be studied and discussed through a multidisciplinary prism to incorporate all areas of relevant scientific knowledge as well as an understanding of the cultural and social contexts of environmental problems. Topical news reports and recent scientific publications will be studied to add context and relevance to this multidisciplinary course. Engineering design will be incorporated by defining problems, discussing and developing possible solutions, and seeking ways to improve designs to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.