• 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.

    Physical Science         1 Cr. Required 
    This class is designed to introduce the basic physical science concepts.  Students will be involved in discussion, investigation, experimentation, problem-solving and critical thinking activities.  Topics covered in this class will include: Science Skills, Motion, Forces, Work and Energy, Nuclear Energy, Heat, Mechanical and Electromagnetic Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Matter Properties and States of Matter, Atoms, The Periodic Table, Compounds and Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Earth Systems and Space.  Students are expected to keep a notebook with notes and daily work as well as to complete lab reports detailing lab work. Students will also be required to complete a Research Project and to present their results in a 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 Michigan Science Standards.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of biology, including dissections of a worm, frog and rat.  Students are expected to keep a notebook with notes and daily work as well as to complete lab reports detailing lab work.  Students will be required to participate in Research Projects and be required to 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 Michigan Science Standards.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of biology, including dissections of a worm, frog and rat.  Students are expected to keep a notebook with notes and daily work as well as to complete lab reports detailing lab work.  This class has a more intense focus and will prepare students for Advanced Biology.  In addition, students will also be required to participate in Research Projects 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 Michigan 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.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of biology, including dissections of a grasshopper, shark, turtle and pig.  In addition, students will also be required to participate in Research Projects and be required to 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.  Laboratory investigations are a vital part of anatomy, including dissection of a mink.  This class is responsible for 2 blood drives per year and will solicit donations from the community and coordinate all community involvement.

    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 Michigan 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 expected to keep a notebook with notes and daily work as well as to complete lab reports detailing lab work. Students will also be required to complete a Research Project and to present their results in a 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 Michigan 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 expected to keep a notebook with notes and daily work as well as to complete lab reports detailing lab work. 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 complete a Research Project and to present their results in a community forum.

    AP Chemistry   1 Cr.  
    Prerequisites:  Chemistry, Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)
    Corequisite:  AP Chemistry Lab
    This class is designed to be the equivalent of a college general chemistry course and follows the Chemistry Curriculum set forth by the College Board.  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.  Students taking AP Chemistry must be able to register for an hour of AP Chemistry Lab and devote a minimum of 30 minutes each night to study time.

    AP Chemistry    Lab       1 Cr.            
    Prerequisites:  Chemistry, Algebra II (may be taken concurrently)
    Corequisite:  AP Chemistry
    AP Chemistry Lab supports AP Chemistry and is a direct part of the Chemistry Curriculum set forth by the College Board. Emphasis is placed on the performance on the Advanced Placement test given in May. Students are required to keep a lab notebook and lab reports detailing lab work are required. Students taking AP Chemistry Lab must be able to register for an hour of AP Chemistry and 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 in coordination with the Michigan Science Standards. 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 also be required to complete a Research Project and to present their results in a community forum.

    Forensic Science II 1 Cr.
    Prerequisite: Forensic Science
    This class will explore more in-depth the topics from Forensic Science. An emphasis will be placed on logical thinking and problem-solving skills, directly related to solving laboratory crime scenes. Students enrolled in this course are required to keep a notebook with notes and daily work. Students will also be required to complete a Research Project and to present their results in a community forum.

    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.  In addition, students will also be required to participate in Research Projects and be required to present in an evening community forum.