• Science Department

  • Anatomy and Physiology

    Prerequisite: Biology

    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 tissues, metabolic processes, homeostasis, and clinical applications.

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Biology

    Concepts for this two-semester course include the interdependence of organisms; the relationship of matter, energy, and organization in living systems; the behavior of organisms; and biological evolution. Students will investigate biological concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.

    *Required for Graduation - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Chemistry

    This two-semester course addresses the structure of atoms, the structure and properties of matter, and the conservation and interaction of energy and matter. Students will investigate chemistry concepts through experience in laboratories and field work using the processes of inquiry.

    *Required for Graduation - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Forensic Science

    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry

    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 also will be examined.

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Oceanography

    Prerequisite: Biology

    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.

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Physics

    This course is a rigorous approach to an in-depth study of matter in motion. Emphasis is placed on mechanics, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.

    *Required for Graduation - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • AP Biology

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

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • AP Chemistry

    Prerequisite - Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Physics.

    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.

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • AP Environmental Science

    Prerequisite - Biology

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

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • AP Physics 1

    AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based course equivalent to an introductory college course (1st semester). Students develop an understanding of the foundational physics principles. Through an inquiry-based approach, students develop content knowledge and critical-thinking skills, including kinematics, Newton’s laws, and simple harmonic motion. The objectives for this course follow the College Board Framework, preparing students for the optional Advanced Placement Physics 1 exam.

    *May Count for Graduation Requirement or Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

  • AP Physics 2

    AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based course equivalent to an introductory college course (2nd semester). Students develop an understanding of the foundational physics principles. Through an inquiry-based approach, students develop content knowledge and critical-thinking skills, including thermodynamics, electrostatics, DC and RC circuits, and magnetism. The objectives for this course follow the College Board Framework, preparing students for the optional Advanced Placement Physics 2 exam.

  • AP Physics C

    Prerequisite - Physics or higher-level course and successful completion or concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus.

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

    *Elective - 2 Semesters - 1 Carnegie Unit

Science Clubs and Activities

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    Medical Careers Club


    RISE Leadership


    Science Club


    Science National Honor Society


    Science Olympiad

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Science Graduation Requirements

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Science Department Chairs

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    Donna Ahlswede


    Laura Herbig