Physical Science (9) 1 Cr.
This course will provide an introduction to many Physics concepts.  Topics will include motion, forces, forms of energy, energy transfer and social implications of the scientific world.  This course will also provide an introduction to many Chemistry and Earth Science topics.  Topics in Chemistry will include chemical reactions, naming of compounds, elements and mixtures, balancing equations and classification of matter.  Topics in Earth Science will include Earth systems, properties of solid and fluid Earth and Earth in Space and Time.  Classroom activities will include lecture, experiments, building projects and research. 

Biology (10) 1 Cr. Prerequisite: Physical Science (may be taken concurrently)   Required
This class includes the study of the Scientific Method, the Pine River, Biochemistry, cell Function, Mitosis/Meiosis, Genetics, Protein Synthesis, and Replication. Laboratory investigations are a vital part of the class. This class also includes the study of Evolution, Viruses/Bacteria, Human Immune System, Disease Research, Human Systems, Fetal Pig Dissection, and Classification. Laboratory investigations are a vital part of class activities. Grades are based on chapter assessments, drawings, lab work, tests, quizzes, and a notebook. A notebook is absolutely required for this class.

CHEMISTRY    [10-12]
Prerequisites:  HS Science, Algebra I
This class covers the basic concepts of a general inorganic chemistry course in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards.  The topics covered will be atomic structure, measurement, the periodic table, electron configuration, bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, energy and heat, states of matter, gas laws, solutions, equilibrium, Ksp and solubility, acids and bases, buffers, redox chemistry, and electrochemistry.  Students are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work.  Lab reports detailing lab work are a requirement. Students will also be required to participate in science fair and be required to present in an evening community forum.

Honors Chemistry     1 Cr.     

Prerequisite: 1 year HS Science, Algebra I
This class covers the basic concepts of a general inorganic chemistry course in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards.  The topics covered will be atomic structure, measurement, the periodic table, electron configuration, bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, energy and heat, states of matter, gas laws, solutions, equilibrium, Ksp and solubility, acids and bases, buffers, redox chemistry, and electrochemistry.  Students are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work.  Lab reports detailing lab work are a requirement.  This class has a mathematical focus and will prepare students for AP Chemistry and/or a college chemistry class.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and be required to present in an evening community forum.

AP CHEMISTRY   1Cr   [11-12]
Prerequisites:  Chemistry, Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)
This class is designed to be the equivalent of a college general chemistry course.  Emphasis is placed on the performance on the Advanced Placement test given in May. Students are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work.  A lab notebook and lab reports detailing lab work are a requirement.  Students taking Advanced Placement Chemistry should be able to devote a minimum of 30 minutes each night to study time.

FORENSIC SCIENCE 1 Cr.   [11-12]

Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry (may be taken concurrently)
This class will offer students the opportunity to understand how different aspects of science are used to solve real-world puzzles. Topics to be covered may include:  observation skills, crime scene investigation/evidence collection, the study of hair, fibers, and textiles, fingerprints, blood and blood spatter, DNA fingerprinting, drug toxicology, handwriting analysis, anthropology, death/decay, and arson.  An emphasis will be placed on logical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Students enrolled in this course are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work.  Students will be required to complete a final project.  In addition, students will also be required to participate in science fair and be required to present in an evening community forum.

Advanced Biology  (11-12)  1 Cr. Prerequisite: Biology Offered in 2011-12, 2013-14
[Even years only] Pre-one semester of chemistry or be enrolled in chemistry. A B C
This course is designed to prepare the student for college biology. The text and labs are college freshman texts. The student will review some biological areas previously studied and be introduced to biological areas not covered in biology. The student will work in lab groups, present special projects to the class and keep a notebook with class data. Areas studied  during the year will be Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations.

Anatomy and Physiology (11-12)  1 Cr. Prerequisite: Biology (May be taken concurrently) Offered in 2012-13, 2014-15
Human Anatomy & Physiology covers the structure and function of the human body. The course begins with an introduction to the human body and the key chemistry concepts needed to understand its processes. Each of the nine systems of the body are covered in detail.  Laboratory experiences are provided related to the body system being studied. 

Physics (11-12)  1.5 Cr. Prerequisite: Algebra II
This course is designed to prepare the student for college physics.  The course will give students an introduction to three content areas in physics:  Newtonian mechanics, fluid thermodynamics, and wave theory.  Classroom activities will include teacher lecture, classroom discussion, group work, and student-designed lab experiments.