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Code Title Department Description
SC400


Biology, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “B” in Biology A & B, “C” or better in Chemistry A & B. “C” or better in Geometry. Overall unweighted GPA of 2.5 or better. Directly from 9th grade, “A” in Biology 9 A & B.
Advanced Biology is a general course designed for college bound students with exceptional ability and selfmotivating qualities. The key concepts and related content that define the revised AP Biology course and exam are organized around a few underlying principles called the big ideas, which encompass the core scientific principles, theories and processes governing living organisms and biological systems. Information covered in this class is equivalent to full year General Biology courses in most colleges and universities. It is a preparatory course for students who wish to pass the Advanced Placement Examination in Biology and subsequently earn college credit for their efforts.
SC410


Chemistry in the Earth System Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: "C" or better in Math 2, "C" or better in Living Earth Biology (or Biology or Marine Biology).
Part of the three-course model incorporating the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
This is a laboratory-based course that examines the composition of various substances and the changes they can go through. The periodic table and formation of compounds are covered as well as the basics of Chemistry. Emphasis is on problem solving in chemistry (stoichiometry) using factor label method, ratio proportion, and first order linear equations. Major topics include measurement, chemical changes, atomic structure, periodic law, bonding, gas laws and nomenclature.
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Chemistry, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
SC435


General Science Science 10th - 12th grade only
This course covers the basic concepts of the Physical and Earth Sciences and relates them to Life Science concepts through the use of themes which help students appreciate that the Three Disciplines of Science are interrelated. It qualifies as a physical science to satisfy graduation requirements.
SC433


Health - 9 Science Required for 9th grade
This class is designed to help the student be mentally, physically, and socially healthy. It focuses on many aspects of mental health, drug prevention, prevention of disease, family life education, sex education and nutrition. Required for graduation.
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Human Body System Science Part of the PLTW program: More



Introduction to Green Technology Science Introduction to Green Technology develops student awareness of and skills for careers in sustainable STEM fields. Students will gain an understanding of climate science, climate change, and the various technologies associated with them. Students will focus on exploring environmental problems and explore and design solutions to these problems. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of Earth Science, Physical Science, and technological sciences. Students will relate these concepts to real world situations to demonstrate their understanding. Students will be able to take away from this course a strong interdisciplinary science background necessary to understand, critically evaluate, and mitigate scientific problems.
SC420


Living Earth Biology Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher, completed or currently enrolled in Math 1.
Part of the three-course model incorporating the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
This laboratory course provides for the study of patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms, and patterns of interaction between living organisms and their environment. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of biology, medicine, or environmental science. It fulfills the graduation requirement for a life science as well as a year of laboratory science for college admission.
SC424


Marine Biology Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “C” or better in Biology A & B, completed or currently enrolled in Algebra 1, Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher
Marine Biology is a one-year laboratory based science that builds upon and extends the biological concepts acquired during the first year biology course. Students will continue to cement their understanding of the biology standards but through the lens of marine life. Topics explored include the structure, function, classification, and adaptations of marine protests, plants, and animals. The functioning of the various marine ecosystems, including ecological relationships and energy and matter cycles will also be focused on. Students entering will have previously passed Biology



Medical Interventions Science PLTW Home Page
SC406


Physics 1, Advanced Placement Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “B” or better in Pre-Calculus, concurrently enrolled in calculus or higher, “C” in Biology & Chemistry A & B.
This course forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students. This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and problem-solving ability using algebra and trigonometry, but rarely calculus. It is a preparatory course for students who wish to pass the Advanced Placement Examination in Physics 1 and subsequently earn college credit for their efforts.
SC411


Physics in the Universe Science Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: "C" or better in all previous science classes and "C" or better in Geometry, on track for A-G completion with min 2.5 GPA.
Part of the three-course model incorporating the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
The instructional segments include forces and motion, forces at a distance, energy conversions, nuclear processes, waves and electromagnetic radiation, and stars and the origins of the universe.
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Principles of Biomedical Science Science PLTW Home Page