PHYSICAL SCIENCE (510)
Physical Science is a laboratory course dealing with the process of scientific investigation of objects and phenomena in our physical universe. This course introduces the interrelated nature of matter and energy and the physical laws that govern their behavior as well as their mathematical relationships. The organized nature of matter and energy and our understanding of physical laws that have produced an advanced technology and its effect on society will be emphasized. This course covers basic chemistry and physics principles, which also prepares students for the Ohio Graduation Test.
COLLEGE BIOLOGY (520)
College Biology is an introductory course designed to establish a firm foundation in biological concepts that stresses hands-on laboratories as a vital part of the curriculum. It emphasizes a balanced approach for students to become proficient in all the areas of life science in preparation for the Ohio Graduation Test. This course is suggested for all college-bound students.
Major concepts focused on include the nature and process of science, basic chemistry, biochemistry, cell structures, cell processes, genetics, evolution, ecology, and classification of organisms. Class time will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, laboratories, discussions and group collaborations.
*HONORS BIOLOGY (522)
Honors Biology is a rigorous and challenging introductory course designed to establish a firm foundation in biological concepts that stresses hands-on laboratories as a vital part of the curriculum. This course is designed for students intending to pursue higher-level science courses and who are interested in a science major and career. This class will move at a faster, more intense pace than College Biology. Students will be expected to handle additional material and detailed concepts while taking on greater responsibility for their own learning.
Major concepts focused on include the nature and process of science, basic chemistry, biochemistry, cell structures, cell processes, genetics, evolution, ecology, and classification of organisms. Class time will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, laboratories, discussions, group collaborations, and possibly an independent research project.
*HONORS CHEMISTRY (530)
A modern enriched chemistry program that is designed to help the student see how chemical principles and concepts are developed from observation and data. This is a laboratory course that emphasizes student experiments.
A general chemistry course for students who are considering careers in technical or health related fields. This class will cover all the important chemistry concepts with emphasis on the basic concepts that would relate to health careers, laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, chemical lab technicians, those joining the armed services, and environmental health technicians. This course will serve as an introduction to the theory and basic concepts of chemistry.
SCIENCE REVIEW (535)
Science review re-introduces scientific concepts and processes needed to succeed on the Ohio Graduation Test. Course develops standards-based knowledge and skills through a variety of methods.
*HONORS PHYSICS (540)
Six topics have been selected which illustrate the content, history and development of physics:
This course is designed to provide basic physics content and put the development of the major ideas of physics into humanistic and social context. Descriptions will be mathematical where possible. A review of the needed math is held at the beginning of the year. This course should be considered a prerequisite for any person preparing for a future in any science area. All students considering a career in engineering, medicine, or mathematics should take Physics.
*HONORS BIOLOGY II (550)
**AP BIOLOGY (552)
Prerequisite for either class: Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry "C" grade or better with teacher recommendation
Biology II is a second-year advanced biology course emphasizing molecular biology, cellular biology and evolution. This course will involve in-depth laboratory work and experiment. This biology course will follow the guidelines of the A.P. Biology curriculum and students are encouraged to take the A.P. test in the spring. Biology II is designed for students that are planning to major in a science or medical program in college.
EARTH and ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (542)
Earth/Environmental Science involves the principles of earth and space sciences, astronomy, oceanography, geology, environmental factors and natural resources. This course will incorporate lectures, demonstrations, laboratories, discussions, and group collaborations.
* Honors – weighted credit of .5 is granted if student receives a C or higher.