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Biology

Integrated Science (grade 9, required)
Introduction to scientific studies

Topics investigated and discussed include atomic and molecular structure, types of chemical reactions, acids and bases, forces, energy, light, electricity, and magnetism. Lab experiments will be done in each of these areas.

Biology (grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: Integrated Science
Biology is designed to help students see the relevance of biology in their everyday lives, to encourage them to respect the environment in which they live, and guide them in making responsible decisions as they continue to mature. These 3 R's 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 R's apply to students’ everyday lives.

Chemistry (grades 11-12)

Prerequisites: Algebra I and Integrated Science
Everything in the world is made of some kind of matter. In Chemistry, you can learn about different kinds of matter and how they act and react with each other. We study the elements and their compounds, gases, acids and bases, atomic structure, solutions, and calculations involving these things. A knowledge of math is important in chemistry and you should expect to spend quite a bit of time doing chemical calculations in this course. On the other hand, you will also spend quite a bit of time doing experiments in the lab, and most people find that to be fun. Chemistry is really important for any future work in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine (including nursing), or engineering.

Physics (grade 12)

Prerequisites: Algebra II and Integrated Science
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 universe. In Physics you will learn many of the laws of the physical world, of forces and motion, gravity, heat, light, sound, 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.

Ecology (grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Biology
Ecology 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 affects on the environment. The school forest land (160 acres owned by Harbor Springs Public Schools) will be used as the primary educational site for this course. This land is located in section 30, T36N-R5W in Pleasantview Township. It is accessible from Emmet Heights Road, and Big Foot Road near Welscheimer Road. The spring semester is spent focusing on Northern Michigan water quality.

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