St. Louis Public Schools

  • Science Department
     

    Earth Science         1 Cr. Required

    This class includes the study of the scientific method, Rocks and Minerals, Plate Tectonics, Running Water, Earthquakes and Volcanism. This class also includes the study of Historical Geology, Meteorology and Astronomy. Laboratory investigations are an important part of Earth Science, including Rock Identification, and River Profile. Students are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work. Class assignments will consist of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and reports. Information will be learned through the reading and discussion of newspaper articles, fact sheets, selected areas of textbooks, and research.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and will present in an evening community forum.
     

    Honors Earth Science     1 Cr.

    Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
    This class includes the study of the scientific method, Rocks and Minerals, Plate Tectonics, Running Water, Earthquakes, and Volcanism. This class also includes the study of Historical Geology, Meteorology and Astronomy. Laboratory investigations are an important part of Earth Science, including Rock Identification, and River Profile. Students are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work. Class assignments will consist of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and reports. Information will be learned through the reading and discussion of newspaper articles, fact sheets, selected areas of textbooks, and research.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and will present in an evening community forum.

    Biology   1 Cr.                Required

    This class includes the study of the scientific method, biochemistry, cell function, mitosis/meiosis, genetics, protein synthesis, and DNA replication. This class also includes the study of evolution, viruses/bacteria, and human systems in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of biology, including dissections of a frog and fetal pig, students will author a pop-book and read them to elementary students for reading month.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and will present in an evening community forum.  

    Honors Biology    1Cr.    

    This class includes the study of the scientific method, biochemistry, cell function, mitosis/meiosis, genetics, protein synthesis, and DNA replication. This class also includes the study of evolution, viruses/bacteria, and human systems in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of biology, including dissections of a frog and fetal pig, students will author a pop-book and read them to elementary students for reading month.  This class has a more intense focus and will prepare students for Advanced Biology.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and will present in an evening community forum.  

    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. 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           1 Cr.           

    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 AP Chemistry should be able to devote a minimum of 30 minutes each night to study time.
     

    Forensic Science     1 Cr.   

    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   1 Cr.  Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry (may take concurrently)

    This course is designed to prepare students for college biology. The text and labs are college freshman texts. Students will expand on biological areas previously studied and be introduced to bioethical issues and debates in coordination with the Next Generation Science Standards.. The students will work in lab groups to create lab sets for the elementary, present special projects to the class and keep a lab book with class data.  Students will also be required to participate in science fair and will present in an evening community forum.  

    Anatomy and Physiology  1 Cr.  Prerequisite:  Biology, Chemistry

    This class 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.  Students will write a pop-book and read them to elementary students for reading month and finally this class is responsible for 2 blood drives per year and will solicit donations from the community and coordinate all community involvement.

    Physics          1 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.
     
     

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