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Integrated Science 9 A/B /C (3 trimesters, 1.5 credits, grade 9, required) 

Prerequisite: Science 8 

This science course sequence includes the investigation of topics from Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics. Earth systems, the solid earth, the fluid earth, and earth in space and time will be studied for mastery of the core knowledge necessary for under-standing and appreciating the world we inhabit. Chemistry topics studied will include atomic and molecular structure, chemical re-actions, acids and bases, and introductions to nuclear and carbon chemistry. Motion, forces, and energy will be the focus of the physics units and will include the study of Newton’s laws of motion, simple machines, electric and magnetic forces, sound, heat, and electromagnetic energy. 


Biology A & Biology B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 10, required) 

Prerequisite: Integrated Science 9 A/B/C 

Biology is designed to help students see the relevance of biology in their everyday lives, to encourage them to respect the envi-ronment in which they live, and guide them in making responsible decisions as they continue to mature. These 3 Rs of biology affect every aspect of our everyday life encompassing a variety of issues from public health and the environment, to the ethics of medical care and genetic engineering. Ever-changing issues in our society, breakthroughs in science and discovery, and the application of what scientists study and research will clearly teach how these 3 Rs apply to students’ everyday lives. 


Human Anatomy/Physiology (1 trimester, .5 credit, grades 10-12, recommended) 

Prerequisite: Integrated Science 9 A/B/C and Biology A/B 

Human Anatomy and Physiology explores the systems comprising the human body by emphasizing physiological mechanisms and a thorough understanding of human anatomy. Inter-relatedness of skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems will be a major focus of the course. This course is strongly recommended for those pursuing a career in the health sciences. 


Chemistry A & Chemistry B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grades 11-12, required) 

Prerequisite: Integrated Science 9 A/B/C, Biology A/B, and Geometry A/B 

In chemistry, a review of elements, compounds, gases, acids and bases, atomic structure, solutions, and bonding will precede an intensive quantitative analysis of chemical reactions (stoichiometry and equilibrium). Many laboratory experiments will be included to offer practical experience in common lab techniques used in industries associated with chemistry. Students taking this class should either have completed Algebra II or be taking it concurrently. It is strongly recommended that students successfully complet-ing this course complement their study of chemistry by enrolling in Advanced Chemistry Topics. 


Physics A & Physics B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 12*) 

Prerequisite: Integrated Science A/B/C, Algebra II A/B (or Math II A/B/) 

Physics is the most basic of the sciences. It deals with the way all things work, from tiny atoms to the solar system and the uni-verse. In Physics, you will learn many of the laws of the physical world, of forces and motion, gravity, heat, light, sound, magnetics, and electricity. Math skills are very important in physics and you should probably be taking Precalculus or Calculus along with this course. Physics is essential for all future science and engineering students and a good idea for many other courses of study. 

*Grade 11 students may enroll in this class with teacher recommendation. 


Physics C (1 trimester, .5 credit, grade 12*) 

This course will include the study of light and optics including lens, mirrors, reflection, refraction, and diffraction; electric charges and electric fields along with their interactions; magnetic forces, and the magnetic fields they produce; how moving electric charges produce magnetism; and the various forms of electromagnetic energy. Circuits and current electricity will also be discussed in this course. The study of electricity and magnetism is strongly recommended for those students pursuing a future in science or engineering. There will also be a focus on hands-on applications of physics including a variety of large-scale design projects. 

*Grade 11 students may enroll in this class with teacher recommendation. 


Earth Science (1 trimester, .5 credit, grades 10-12) 

Prerequisite: Integrated Science 9 and BiologyThis course provides an introduction to the field of environmental science. It is designed to treat environmental science as an interdisciplinary study, combining ideas and information from natural resources (such as biology, chemistry, and geology) and social studies (such as economics, politics, and ethics) to present a general idea of how nature works, how things are interconnected, and man’s effects on the environment.