Science

Course Descriptions - Science

BIOLOGY I
Biology I provides, through regular laboratory and field investigations, a study of the structures and features of living organisms and their interactions with their environment. At a minimum, this study should explore the functions and processes of cells, tissues, organs, and systems within various species of living organisms and roles and interdependencies of organisms within populations, communities, eco-systems, and the biosphere. Students should have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the history of the development of biological knowledge, to explore the uses of biology in various careers, and to cope with biological questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues. 

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Biology I is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 
Recommended Grade Level: 9-12
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the life science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Biology credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

BIOLOGY I H
This class is offered to freshman students with advanced science skills and ability.  In this class, students will be able to extend their science education to four years of science.  This will be an intensive look at biology with special emphasis on the laboratory experience.  Students should be interested in science and be self-motivated.  Students will study the functions and processes of cells, energy relationships, interactions of living things and the environment, the various groups of living things, and current topics in biology relating to the human genome project, organ donations, cloning, etc.
Recommended Grade Level: 9
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the life science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Biology credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

BIOLOGY II
Biology II will conduct an extended laboratory and provide a more in-depth investigation of specialized areas of biology.  In addition to the regular class period, the class meets one hour (at 6:35 AM) before school two days a week for a more intense lab experience.  Topics studied include:  biochemistry, cell structure and cell dynamics, bacteriology, protozoology, photosynthesis, and cell respiration.  There will be special emphasis on the area of genetics, human genetics, and the current area of biotechnology.  
Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
Required Prerequisite:  Biology I with a C average or higher and Chemistry I or Physics I. 
Admission to this course is by application. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Counts as life science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

CHEMISTRY I
Chemistry I allows students to synthesize useful models of the structure of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions through laboratory investigations of matter and its chemical reactions.  Students should have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, to explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, to cope with chemical questions and problems related to personal needs of the total class time in laboratory experiences.  
Recommended Grade Level: 10-12
Required Prerequisite:  Algebra I or Geometry with a C or higher average
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the requirement for physical science for the General diploma. Fulfills Chemistry credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas


ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY II. 
Second year Chemistry will conduct an extended laboratory and provide an in-depth investigation of more specialized areas of chemistry. Areas of study include: chemical analysis, physical and mathematical models of matter and its interaction, and organic biochemistry. Principles of technology may be covered. In addition to the regular class period, the class meets one hour (at 6:35 AM) before school two days a week for labs. Advanced Chemistry is a course which follows the basic College Entrance Examination Board guidelines for Advanced Placement Chemistry. Admission to this course is by application. 
Recommended Grade Level:  11 or 12
Recommended Prerequisite: Chemistry I with a C average or higher and Algebra II or be currently enrolled.
Admission to this course is by application
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

PHYSICS I
This Core 40 course is designed to introduce students to the physical universe.  Topics covered include kinematics and dynamics (one and two-dimensional); energy, its forms and conservation; wave mechanics; sound and light; and electricity and magnetism.  Throughout the course, historical themes and ideas are stressed and many famous scientists are featured. This course uses a modeling approach to physics.

Recommended Grade Level:  11 or 12
Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma. Fulfills the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

PHYSICS I HONORS
This honors course is designed as a mathematically rigorous introduction to the physical universe.  Topics covered include kinematics and dynamics (one and two-dimensional); forms of energy and conservation laws; harmonic oscillators and wave mechanics; geometric and physical optics; electricity and magnetism; and modern physics.  Students may opt to take this course for concurrent credit through USI, but they must consent to taking USI-approved tests, which may vary from the tests given to non-CAP students. This course uses a modeling approach to physics.
Recommended Grade Level:  11 or 12
Recommended Prerequisite. Algebra 2, although pre-calculus is recommended.
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
Students who qualify may earn two hours of concurrent college credit for PHYS 101 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

PHYSICS 1 HONORS (9TH GRADE)

This Core 40 course offers freshman a look at the most fundamental of sciences, physics.  Science skills and laboratory processes will be emphasized, while teaching the physics content on an introductory algebra level.  Topics covered include one-dimensional kinematics and dynamics; work, energy, and power; wave mechanics; sound and light; and electricity and magnetism.  This course uses a modeling approach to physics.
Recommended Grade Level:  9
Recommended Prerequisite. Algebra 1
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B (ALGEBRA-BASED)
Second year Physics provides an opportunity for extended laboratory and literature investigations of physical phenomena and the synthesis of these phenomena into theoretical models which are useful in understanding the interacting systems of the macro- and microcosms. Alternatively this course may provide an in-depth study of limited number of topics and/or applications of physics. In addition to the regular class period, the class meets one hour (at 6:35 AM) before school two days a week for labs. Advanced Physics is a course which follows the basic College Entrance Examination Board guidelines for Advanced Placement Physics.  
Recommended Grade Level:  11 or 12
Recommended Prerequisite. Algebra 2 and Physics I with C averages or higher.
Admission to this course is by application. 
Credits: 3 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
Students who qualify may earn two hours of concurrent college credit for PHYS 101 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS C (CALCULUS-BASED)
Second year Physics provides an opportunity for extended laboratory and literature investigations of physical phenomena and the synthesis of these phenomena into theoretical models which are useful in understanding the interacting systems of the macro- and microcosms. Alternatively this course may provide an in-depth study of limited number of topics and/or applications of physics. In addition to the regular class period, the class meets one hour (at 6:35 AM) before school two days a week for labs. Advanced Physics is a course which follows the basic College Entrance Examination Board guidelines for Advanced Placement Physics.  
Recommended Grade Level:  11 or 12
Recommended Prerequisite. Algebra 2 and Physics I with C averages or higher.
Admission to this course is by application. 
Credits: 3 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma, Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
Students who qualify may earn two hours of concurrent college credit for PHYS 101 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY/PHYSICS (ICP)

Integrated Chemistry/Physics (ICP) introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific inquiry, the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, and the interactions between energy and matter. The course will serve students as a laboratory-based introduction to possible future course work in chemistry or physics while ensuring a mastery of the basics of each discipline. The ultimate goal of the course is to produce scientifically literate citizens capable of using their knowledge of physical science to solve real-world problems and to make personal, social, and ethical decisions which have consequences beyond the classroom walls. This course is a Core 40 course that is an excellent introduction to Chemistry or Physics, but may not be taken after Chemistry or Physics. 

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Recommended Grade Level: 10-12
Recommended Prerequisite: Algebra I or Geometry or be currently enrolled.
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the physical science requirement for the General diploma. Fulfills the 2 credit requirement for Chemistry I, Physics I, or Integrated Chemistry and Physics towards the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

EARTH/SPACE SCIENCE
Earth Space Science provides a study of the earth’s lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere and its celestial environment. The course emphasizes the study of the energy at work in forming and modifying earth materials, landforms, and continents through geological time. Students will have opportunities to gain an understanding of the history of the development of the earth sciences, to explore the uses of knowledge of the earth and its environment in various careers, and to cope with problems related to personal needs and social issues. 
 
This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

Earth/Space Science is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 

Recommended Grade Level: 10-12
Recommended Prerequisite: Biology or be currently enroll.
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills the earth and space science requirement for the General Diploma. Fulfills Core 40 science credit for Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment Studies is a year-long course which includes the study of plants and the environment. Students participate in classroom instruction and practical experience in the school greenhouse and courtyards. It is not a Core 40 course.

This class is also offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  
Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Advanced Environmental Science is interdisciplinary by nature, integrating biology, earth science, chemistry and other disciplines. The course is designed to challenge students through in-depth scientific study of ecosystems, population dynamics, resources and their management, and environmental consequences of natural and anthropogenic processes. Students will formulate, design, and participate in laboratory and field investigations as an essential course component. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to provide the students with essential tools for understanding the complexities of environmental systems. In addition to the regular class period, the class meets one hour (at 6:35 AM) before school two days a week for labs.  
Recommended Grade Level:  11-12
Recommended Prerequisite:  Two years of Core 40 science course work.
Admission to this course is by application.
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas


ADVANCED SCIENCE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Advanced Science- Anatomy and Physiology is offered to juniors and seniors with advanced skills and ability.  A comprehensive initial study in the field of Anatomy and Physiology, this course is especially relevant to those interested in Life Sciences, pre-med, and Animal Sciences, coursework.  Students should be very interested Science related fields and self- disciplined. 

Anatomy/Physiology is a challenging science course involving the investigation and study of the human body.  The students will be introduced to human anatomy, the study of internal and external structures of the human body, and the physical relationships between body parts.  They will also be introduced to human physiology, the study of the functions of the human body.  The class will involve some sensitive material.  A mature level of respect while investigating the human body is demanded and students should approach this subject respectfully.  Nightly reading and self motivated study outside of class is essential for success in this rigorous and exciting course.  We will be involved in the investigation of one of the most complex, fascinating, and wonderful organisms in nature- the human body.
Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
Required Prerequisite: Chemistry and Biology and overall GPA of 2.80 or better
Credits: a two semester course with one credit per semester
Fulfills the life science requirement for General diploma, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
Students who qualify may earn two hours of concurrent college credit for BIOL 105 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

APPLIED SCIENCE
Students will be assigned to an appropriate science course with an instructor. They will function as a general lab assistant to the instructor and will be assigned such special duties as the instructor may determine. Students will, typically, perform such functions as the following: assist teacher in laboratory activities, set up classroom demonstrations, prepare solutions and other lab materials, maintain and repair equipment, take inventories; assist in the greenhouse, supervise audio-tutorial lessons, etc. Students must submit a project or research paper as a part of the credit requirement.  
Recommended Grade Level:  10-12
Students must have approval by a science teacher to enroll in Applied Science and must be enrolled in another science course. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Applied Science is not a Core 40 course.