Science Department Course Offerings

The required course sequence for students is Physical Science (9th grade), Biology (10th grade) and Chemistry (11th grade).


ADVANCED STANDING PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Code: 400

1 Credit

This course is offered to students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. Students taking this course have demonstrated proficiency in the reading and writing state standards. This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to be successful in all science courses. In this laboratory science, students use these skills to investigate topics in earth science and the foundations of physics.


PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Code: 401

1 Credit

This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to be successful in all science courses. In this laboratory science, students use these skills to investigate topics in earth and the foundations of physics.     


ADVANCED STANDING BIOLOGY 1

Code: 402

1 Credit

This course is offered to students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. Students taking this course have demonstrated proficiency in the reading and writing state standards.  Biology is the study of life. In this laboratory science course students will study molecules, cells, organisms and their relationship to each other and the world they inhabit. The course builds on the understanding of cells and moves through cell reproduction and genetics, as students learn how organisms have evolved from simple to complex life forms. Students will apply the principles of the scientific method both in their thinking and in their lab work. Topics of study include the structure and function of living things, DNA the code of life, interactions between and among organisms and the environment, the theory of evolution, and how technology has advanced our understanding of these topics.


BIOLOGY I

Code: 403

1 Credit

Biology is the study of life. In this laboratory science course students will study molecules, cells, organisms and their relationship to each other and the world they inhabit. The course builds on the understanding of cells and moves through cell reproduction and genetics, as students learn how organisms have evolved from simple to complex life forms. Students will apply the principles of the scientific method both in their thinking and in their lab work. Topics of study include the structure and function of living things, DNA the code of life, interactions between and among organisms and the environment, the theory of evolution, and how technology has advanced our understanding of these topics.


ADVANCED STANDING CHEMISTRY I

Code: 420    
1 Credit

This course is offered to students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. Students taking this course have demonstrated proficiency in the reading, writing, and mathematics state standards. Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the properties and structure of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Students use science process skills and problem solving to study the periodic table, the fundamental structure of atoms, how atoms combine to form compounds, the interactions between matter and energy and the stoichiometric relationship between substances. Students explore chemistry concepts through a variety of classroom and laboratory activities.


CHEMISTRY I

Code: 421
1 Credit

Chemistry I is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Students use science process skills and problem solving to study the properties and structure of matter, periodic table, the fundamental structure of atoms, how atoms combine to form compounds, the interactions between matter and energy, the gas laws, and the stoichiometric relationship between substances. Students explore chemistry concepts through a variety of classroom and laboratory activities.    


APPLIED CHEMISTRY                                                                                                                                                              Code: 426                                                                                                                                                                                    1 Credit
Applied Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Students use science process skills to study the periodic table, the fundamental structure of atoms, how atoms combine to form compounds, and the interactions between matter and energy. Students explore chemistry concepts through a variety of classroom and laboratory activities.

ADVANCED STANDING PHYSICS

Code: 430
1 Credit

This course is offered to students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. This course is designed to instruct students in the classical physics concepts of kinematics, Newton’s Laws of energy and electromagnetism and waves; preparing students to exist in an increasingly technological society. Students develop analytical, problem solving, and laboratory skills.  


PHYSICS

Code: 431
1 Credit

This physics course is designed to instruct students in the classical physics concepts, of kinematics, Newton’s Laws of energy, electromagnetism and waves. The course will prepare students to exist in an increasingly technological society, develop the students’ analytical, problem solving, and laboratory skills.


ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY

Code: 461
1 Credit

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Topics of study include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, basic biochemistry, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations.


ASTRONOMY

Code: 440

.5 Credit

This course is a survey of modern astronomy. Topics covered will include: the solar system, galaxies, evolution of stars, black holes, and the methods used to explore these phenomena.

 

OCEANOGRAPHY

Code: 450

.5 Credit

This course deals with the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of our oceans. Examples of some of the topics that will be studied are; ocean geology, weather and climate, coastal science, marine life, ocean pollution, just to name a few. Special emphasis will be placed on our local and regional areas: current research and events will be explored as well as career paths in oceanography. 


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Code: 463

1 Credit

This course provides students with the foundational understanding of the knowledge and skills to deal effectively with environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain, endangered species, and invasive plants and animals. Students learn a variety of basic laboratory and field techniques.  Students also gain a broad awareness of environmental science and technological career opportunities. An emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking and analytical skills to make a positive impact on the environment.


FORENSIC SCIENCE                    

Code: 483                                                 

1 Credit             

Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws. In this course students will study relevant scientific and technological principles and techniques used to solve crimes.  Topics of study include trace evidence analysis, fingerprints, impression evidence, blood spatter analysis, forensic serology, forensic Pathology and forensic document examination.   Throughout the course, students will engage in a wide variety of hands on laboratory activities, as they develop their problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Forensic case studies of actual crimes will be reviewed and discussed. Students will use their new skills to work in teams to document, investigate, and analyze evidence to solve an end of course mock crime.


ADVANCED FORENSIC SCIENCE

Code: 484                                     
1 Credit

This course mirrors the forensic science course, but includes more in-depth topics of investigation, including forensic entomology, DNA analysis, arson and explosives, drugs & forensic toxicology, forensic odontology, accident reconstruction and computer forensics.  Throughout the course students will compile a personal evidence portfolio.

 *Students who successfully complete Forensic Science & Advanced Forensics can earn undergraduate credit at Roger Williams University.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                                                                                                 Code:  470                                     

1 Credit

The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of APES is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural work,to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.

 *Students enrolled in this course required to take the AP Exam


ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY
Code 410                                                                                                                                                                                     1 Credit

Content will consist of rapid review of general biology and include but not be limited to an in-depth study of general biological concepts such as genetics, biological energetics, mechanism of enzyme action, and protein synthesis. This course is designed to be equivalent to the general biology course taken in the first year of college.

 *Students enrolled in this course required to take the AP Exam.