Science

Required Class Options

Biology

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

Biology is a required introductory course offered to all freshmen. The purpose of this college preparatory level course is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of living organisms and their interactions. The basics of Cell Biology, such as Structure, Energy and Reproduction are discussed in detail. A survey of the simplest to the most complex organisms will be covered. How these organisms relate and interact within their environment will be stressed. Labs and hand-on activities will be stressed to reinforce the material.

HP Biology

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

Honors Biology is a required introductory course offered to all Honors-level freshmen. The purpose of this course is to cover, in greater detail, living organisms and their interactions. The basics of Cell Biology, such as Structure, Energy and Reproduction are discussed in detail. A survey of the simplest to the most complex organisms will be covered. How these organisms relate and interact within their environment will be stressed. Advanced Biology is intended to provide a solid basis and prerequisite for further study in Advanced Placement (AP) Biology which can be taken either the junior or senior year as an elective. Labs and hand-on activities will be stressed to reinforce the material.

Chemistry

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

College Prep Chemistry is an elective course offered to CP level juniors and seniors. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of basic chemistry concepts. A more conceptual approach will be taken, placing emphasis on student understanding without rigorous mathematics. Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptions of matter, Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Stoichiometry Concepts, Gases, Solutions, and Acids and Bases are among the topics that will be covered in this course. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning.

ACP-Chemistry is a required introductory course offered to ACP-level sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. The purpose of this college preparatory level course is to provide the student with a thorough coverage of topics including Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptions of matter, Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, Solutions, and Acids and Bases. ACP Chemistry is intended to provide a solid basis for success in college chemistry. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning. Students who are interested in pursuing a science degree in college should consider taking chemistry as a sophomore.

HP Chemistry

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Chemistry is a required introductory course offered to Honors-level sophomores. The purpose of this advanced level course is to provide the student with a more in-depth coverage of topics including Qualitative and Quantitative Descriptions of matter, Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding and Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, Solutions, Acids and Bases, Equilibrium, Redox, Kinetics and Energetics. Advanced Chemistry is intended to provide a solid basis and prerequisite for further study in Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry which can be taken either the junior or senior year as an elective. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning. Students who are interested in pursuing a science degree in college should consider taking chemistry as a sophomore.

CP Physics

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

College Prep Physics is a required introductory course offered to juniors. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of basic physics concepts. The conceptual approach places an emphasis on student understanding without rigorous mathematics. Mechanics, electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics are among the topics that will be covered in this course. Labs and inquiry methods will be used to help the student develop understanding of physics concepts.

ACP Physics

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

ACP Modern Physics is a required introductory course offered to all ACP-level juniors. The purpose of this course is to cover, in greater detail, the basis of physics and scientific problem solving. Mechanics will be studied in depth, as well as electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics. Mathematics and problem solving skills, are used extensively in this course. Inquiry and modeling approaches are used throughout the course to allow students to develop their conceptual understanding of physics. Labs and Inquiry Activities will be stressed to reinforce learning.

HP Physics

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Honors Physics is a required introductory course offered to all Honors-level juniors. The purpose of this course is to cover, in greater detail, the basis of physics and scientific problem solving. Mechanics will be studied in depth, as well as electricity, waves, sound, light and modern physics. Mathematics and problem solving skills, are used extensively in this course. Inquiry and modeling approaches are used throughout the course to allow students to develop their conceptual understanding of physics. Honors Physics is intended to provide a solid basis and prerequisite for further study in Advanced Placement (AP) Physics (C) which can be taken in the senior year as an elective. Labs and hand-on activities will be stressed to reinforce the material.


Elective Courses

Marine Science

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

Marine Science is a semester-long elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to students in grades 10-12, although it would be helpful to have successfully completed chemistry as well. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. The Ocean is a unique place, and Marine Science represents a special opportunity to learn about the least-explored place on Earth-- less than 5% of it has been explored. It is estimated that one out of every six jobs in the United States is marine-related, and that 75% of Americans will live in coastal areas by 2025.

Astronomy

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: .5

Astronomy is a semester elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to students in grades 10-12. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. This course will provide the student with an introduction to the concepts of modern astronomy, the origin and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the solar system.

Geology & Environmental Science

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

Geology and Environmental Science is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to students in grades 10-12, although it would be helpful to have successfully completed chemistry as well. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics required courses. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a more in-depth knowledge of the physical characteristics and processes that shape the earth and its environments. Geological time and ways of knowing will be stressed. Students will also explore their roles and responsibilities in climate and environmental changes. Labs and projects are very frequently used to reinforce the material.

Forensics

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

Forensics is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology. It is available to students in grades 10-12 , although due to the integrated nature of the course, students who have completed chemistry and physics will find the material more familiar. It may not take the place of chemistry and/or physics requirements. This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn how scientific principles are applied to fields such as law enforcement and anthropology. From fingerprints to DNA, bite marks to shoe prints, and blood spatter to trace evidence, forensic science requires the knowledge of biology, geology, botany, chemistry, and physics. Using a multidisciplinary and hands-on approach, students will learn the fundamentals of forensic science and develop logical problem-solving skills through the use of both case studies and laboratory experiments.

AP Biology

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Advanced Placement Biology is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP Biology and HP or ACP Chemistry and has the instructor's permission. It is therefore offered to students in their junior or senior years. AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of the general biology course usually taken during the first college year. The course includes study of the Structure of Atoms, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological Domains and Kingdoms, and Evolution. Extensive lab experiences reinforce the material. Students may be able to earn college credit with a passing score on the AP test.

AP Physics

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Advanced Placement Physics (C) is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP Chemistry and have the instructor's permission. Students must take calculus preferably prior to, but may be concurrent with AP Physics to enroll in this course. It is therefore offered to students in their senior year. The AP Physics (C) course covers the material typically found in a one-semester, calculus-based physics course at the college level. The course includes basic motion (kinematics), forces, momentum, work, energy, rotational motion, and gravitation. Students are expected to have a high degree of problem-solving ability. Labs are included throughout the course. Students may earn college credit with a passing score on the AP test.

AP Chemistry

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Advanced Placement Chemistry is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed HP or ACP Chemistry and has the instructor's permission. It is therefore offered to students in their junior or senior years. It may not take the place of the junior year physics requirement. AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course includes study of the Structure of Matter, States of Matter, Reactions, Descriptive Chemistry, Laboratory Skills and Experience, and Chemical Calculations. Students may be able to earn college credit with a passing score on the AP test.

Anatomy CCP

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Anatomy and Physiology is an elective that is offered to any student who has satisfactorily completed biology their freshman year. This course is therefore offered to students in grades 10-12. It may not take the place of the chemistry and or physics requirement. It is cross-listed with the University of Cincinnati and students receive college credit through the “College Credit Plus” program but may be taken as a Science Elective for high school credit only. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a well-rounded knowledge of the human body in terms of its parts (anatomy) and how these function together (physiology) to provide good health. A systemic approach is used to cover the body from tissue types through the reproductive system. Labs are used frequently to reinforce the material.

Engineering Foundations CCP

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Engineering Foundations is an elective that is offered to juniors and seniors who have taken or are enrolled concurrently in Pre-Calculus (ACP and HP juniors and seniors) or motivated CP Seniors who have completed Algebra II. Admission to the class is dependent upon instructor permission. Engineering Foundations is cross-listed with the University of Cincinnati and students receive college credit through the “College Credit Plus” program but may be taken as a Science Elective for high school credit only.. It may not take the place of the chemistry and/or physics requirement. This course serves as an introduction to the field of Engineering. Students will be exposed to several “core” types of engineering including, but not limited to, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Computer Science. The course will also introduce students to skills and procedures that are required in all fields of engineering. A main emphasis for this course will be practical engineering skills displayed through projects.

Engineering II

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Engineering II is the second course in the Engineering Sequence, following Engineering Foundations. This course is cross-listed with the second semester Freshman Engineering course offered by the University of Cincinnati through the College Credit Plus program, but may be taken as a Science Elective for high school credit only. A large portion of the course will be devoted to creating computer models of physical situations through the math and engineering industry-standard programming language MATLAB. Students will also use skills learned through the prior Engineering course to create larger projects that incorporate multiple engineering disciplines, ideally in such a way as to satisfy engineering needs in the La Salle and/or local community.

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