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    137140 - BIOLOGY 1: CELLS AND VARIATION
    Grades:  9-10         
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: None

    This is the initial course in a sequence of biology courses that together will provide a college preparatory experience in the life sciences.  This course has the theme: What is the basis of life and how does it vary?  Students will conduct controlled experiments using the experimental design process.  They will study biochemistry, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and cell environment, aspects of cell division, Mendelian genetics, meiosis, and the unity and diversity of life.

    138140 - HONORS BIOLOGY 1: CELLS AND VARIATION
    Grades:  9-10      
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: Department approval

    This is the initial course in a sequence of biology courses that together will provide a college preparatory experience in the life sciences.  This course has the theme: What is the basis of life and how does it vary?  Students will conduct controlled experiments using the experimental design process.  They will study biochemistry, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and cell environment, aspects of cell division, Mendelian genetics, meiosis, and the unity and diversity of life. It is designed for the student who anticipates a science-based career, desires an accelerated science program, and intends to take advanced courses in science. A weighted grade is given.

    137150 - BIOLOGY 2: EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY
    Grades:  9-10         
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: Biology 1: Cells and Variation

    This second course in the biology sequence has a theme of: How is Life Interrelated? Students will explore the unity and diversity of life through the study of evolution by natural selection. The structure and replication of DNA along with protein synthesis will be examined. The interdependence of all living things will be explored with emphasis on ecological processes and human impact on the biosphere. The processes of photosynthesis and respiration will be introduced. These topics will be presented through numerous laboratory activities, lectures and discussions and will emphasize process and thinking skills.   The Missouri Biology End of Course Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.

    138150 - HONORS BIOLOGY 2: EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY
    Grades:  9-10      
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Honors Biology 1: Cells and Variation or Department approval

    This second course in the biology sequence has a theme of: How is Life Interrelated? Students will explore the unity and diversity of life through the study of evolution by natural selection. The structure and replication of DNA along with protein synthesis will be examined. The interdependence of all living things will be explored with emphasis on ecological processes and human impact on the biosphere. The processes of photosynthesis and respiration will be introduced. These topics will be presented through numerous laboratory activities, lectures and discussions and will emphasize process and thinking skills.  This course is designed to challenge the top ten percent of students.  It is more intensive and requires increased levels of critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. It is designed for the student who anticipates a science-based career, desires an accelerated science program, and intends to take advanced courses in science. The Missouri Biology End of Course Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.  A weighted grade is given.

    137160 - BIOLOGY 3: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS
    Grades:  10-12     
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: One credit of Biology or Department approval

    This course completes the initial college preparatory sequence and has the themes: How does biotechnology impact life?  How is life organized for success? The students will investigate a variety of concepts such as DNA fingerprinting and genetic engineering. Students will explore and compare plants and animals (including humans) at the system and molecular levels. Other topics will include photosynthesis and through cellular respiration. These topics will be presented numerous laboratory activities and will emphasize process and thinking skills.

    138160 - HONORS BIOLOGY 3: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS
    Grades:  10-12       
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Honors Biology 2: Evolution and Ecology, or Department approval

    This course completes the initial college preparatory sequence and has the themes: How does biotechnology impact life? and How is life organized for success? The students will investigate a variety of concepts such as DNA fingerprinting and genetic engineering. Students will explore and compare microbes, plants, and animals (including humans) at the system and molecular levels. Other topics will include metabolism and disease. These topics will be presented through numerous laboratory activities and will emphasize process and thinking skills.  This course is designed to challenge the top ten percent of students. It is more intensive and requires increased levels of critical thinking and mathematical reasoning.  It is designed for the student who anticipates a science-based career, desires an accelerated science program, and intends to take advanced courses in science. A weighted grade is given.

    137241 & 137242 (Year-long) - PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY 
    Grades:  10-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Bio 1 and 2

    This course is designed for students who wish to obtain an understanding of the science of chemistry. The major concepts of chemistry are presented with an emphasis of its application in everyday life. The course will cover matter and its properties, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, properties of gases, solutions, introduction to thermochemistry, acid/base chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. These topics will be complemented with activities and laboratory investigations so student can gain hands-on experience. Principles of Chemistry is designed for students who want a rigorous study of chemistry topics and are pursuing a career in a non-STEM field.

    137201 & 137202 (Year-long) - CHEMISTRY
    Grades:  10-12    
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite(s): Algebra 1 with a C or better or Department approval

    This course can fulfill the third required year of science credit and completes the recommended core curriculum in chemistry.  Topics include atomic structure and history, The Periodic Table and periodicity, bonding and nomenclature, the mole and stoichiometry, states of matter, kinetics, thermochemistry, and acids and bases. Group interaction, discussion, and cooperation during laboratory practice and mathematical problem-solving sessions will be commonplace.   Open-ended lab experiences requiring student collaboration, technology, and multiple-step problem solving execution will be frequent.

    138201 & 138202 (Year-long) - HONORS CHEMISTRY
    Grades:  10-12       
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite: Enrollment in +Alg 2 Trig or Department approval

    This course is designed for the student who has an exceptional interest in science and desires an accelerated science program. Topics include atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws and physical states, thermochemistry, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, and acids and bases. Group interaction, discussion, and cooperation during laboratory practice and mathematical problem-solving sessions will be commonplace. Open-ended lab experiences, requiring student collaboration and multiple-step problem solving execution will be frequent. A weighted grade is given.

    137301 & 137302 (Year-long) - PHYSICS
    Grades:  11–12      
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry or Department approval

    Physics is recommended for any student who is interested in a STEM career field or who wants to prepare for a college level physics course. Physics uses advanced algebra and trigonometry to investigate the following topics: forces, motion in one- and two-dimensions, energy and momentum, gravitation, mechanical waves, light and optics, and electricity. Students will investigate these topics with activities and laboratory investigations to gain hands-on experiences.

    137361 & 137362 (Year-long) - PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS
    Grades:  9-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Algebra 1, Biology, and Chemistry or Principles of Chemistry

    Principles of Physics is designed for students who want a rigorous study of physics topics and are pursuing a career in a non-STEM field. The major concepts of physics will be presented with an emphasis of its application in everyday life. Topics included in this class are motion, forces, energy, electricity, optics and waves. These topics will be complemented with activities and laboratory investigations so students can gain hands-on experiences.

    137461 & 137462 (Year-long) - HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (HONORS OPTION)
    Grades:  11-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology 1: Cells and Variation and Biology 2: Evolution and Ecology

    This course will examine through group work, dissection, reading, and guided instruction, the major human body systems that support, move, maintain, and control the body.  Medical terminology will be used and reviews of patient case studies will be incorporated.  Normal functioning of human tissues, organs, and systems will be compared to pathologic conditions.  This class will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about the human body.  An optional field trip to view cadavers will be offered.  An honors grade may be earned upon completion of the honors option requirements. 

    137430 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Chemistry or Honors Chemistry or Department approval

    This course is designed to introduce students to the chemistry of carbon and to give them a basic understanding of organic reactions.  The course will cover nomenclature, structural formulas, isomers, optical activity, polymers, sugars, lipids, dyes, reactions of functional groups, qualitative analysis, organic synthesis and other topics selected by the instructor.   Wherever possible, the study of these topics will be complemented by laboratory investigations. The content of this course will assist students who are planning to take upper level biology in high school (Advanced Biology) and/or organic chemistry and upper level biology courses in college.

    137490 - GEOLOGY
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology 1 and 2 and a credit in Chemistry or Department approval

    Earth is a dynamic planet with many forces shaping its surface. From the eroding of canyons to the folding of mountains, this course will explore the processes that build and destroy.  Looking at current Earth features like glaciers, volcanoes, and the ocean floor will help us to understand our home and all of its inhabitants of today and yesteryear. This course is also available as a completely virtual/online course.  Students who are interested should contact their counselor regarding the process for enrolling in an online course.

    137500 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Grades:  10-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: One credit of Biology or Department Approval

    Environmental Science centers on the principles of ecology.  The student will investigate the way nature operates when left undisturbed and when influenced by man.  Major concepts include: studies of soil, air and water, wildlife, biotic and abiotic factors, urban ecology, population dynamics, indicator organisms, succession, pathology of the environment, energy and conservation.  The student will use laboratory experiences, field trips, audio-visuals, current literature, guest speakers, and textbook studies in an investigation of nature’s way.

    137550 - ASTRONOMY AND METEOROLOGY
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Biology 1 and 2 and a credit of Chemistry or Department approval

    This course is designed to explore and understand the world around us. What factors influence weather? How do we predict weather? How have humans interactions with the Earth lead to local and global changes? This course will also explore The NASA program, the space race, and observations made by astronomers and astrophysicists which allowed a greater depth of knowledge of the solar system including the sun, moon, and stars. This course is also available as a completely virtual/online course.  Students who are interested should contact their counselor regarding the process for enrolling in an online course.

    137910 - SCIENCE SEMINAR
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Science graduation requirements

    This course is designed for students who are interested in investigating and discussing contemporary science.  The students and instructor will choose topics that interest the students and lead to a better understanding of science as an integrated body of knowledge.  The student should come to this class having a commitment to read the materials assigned and to prepare those assignment materials for discussion.  Contemporary books, magazines, media, and the internet will be the primary resources for the coursework.  Demonstrations, laboratory experiences, and problem solving activities will further develop the curriculum.

    137930 - SCIENCE LABORATORY ASSISTANT  *not an NCAA “core course”
    Grades 11-12
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: B average in Science, Junior or Senior standing and Department approval

    This is a special course for students to have the opportunity to learn laboratory skills needed for any scientific career.  The student will develop skills in making chemical solutions, raising laboratory animals, microbiology techniques, maintaining equipment and supplies used in science classes, and assisting teachers in preparing for laboratory activities.  They may also work on a scientific project under teacher supervision.   Students must be reliable and enjoy working with science materials.  Permission from the science department is required.  The number of students accepted per class period is very limited.

    139151 & 139152 (Year-long) - AP BIOLOGY
    Grades:  11-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite:  2 Semesters of Biology or Honors Biology, 2 Semesters of Chemistry or Honors Chemistry or currently enrolled

    This course is an introductory college-level biology course. Students will cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the topics of evolution, cellular processes including energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Biology examination. A weighted grade is given.

    139251 & 139252 (Year-long) - AP CHEMISTRY
    Grades:  11-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite: Chemistry, Honors Chemistry or Department approval

    AP Chemistry course is designed to be equivalent to a first year general chemistry course in college. Students in this course will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and competence in dealing with chemical problems.  Qualitative and quantitative study of topics will include: atomic theory and atomic structure, chemical bonding, gases, liquids and solids, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics.  This course provides laboratory experience comparable to a typical college course and prepares students for the AP Chemistry exam.

    139321 - AP PHYSICS C: MECHANICS
    Grades: 11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Honors Pre-Calculus or Calculus

    The course is a calculus-based physics course that covers kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, gravitation and oscillation. This course is the first of a two-course sequence that is equivalent to the introductory calculus based physics sequence taken by science and engineering students at most colleges and universities. This course prepares students for the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam. A weighted grade is given.

    139332 - AP PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM
    Grades: 11-12
    ½ Science credit
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Honors Pre-Calculus or Calculus

    This course is a calculus-based physics course that covers the topics of conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics, electric circuits, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. This course is the second of a two-course sequence that is equivalent to the introductory calculus based physics sequence taken by science and engineering students at most colleges and universities. This course prepares students for the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam. A weighted grade is given.

    139411 & 139412 (Year-long) - AP PHYSICS 1
    Grades: 11-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite:   Honors Algebra 2 / Trig or Department approval

    AP Physics 1 is the study of trigonometry based physics.  Students will investigate forces, motion in one and two-dimensions, circular and rotational motion, gravitation, energy and momentum, mechanical waves, and introductory static electricity and DC circuits. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Physics 1 examination and is equivalent to college level General Physics 1. A weighted grade is given.

    139421 & 139422 (Year-long) - AP PHYSICS 2
    Grade: 12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite: Physics, AP Physics 1 and Pre-Calculus

    The study of trigonometry based physics culminates in AP Physics 2. Students will investigate optics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical fields, currents and circuits, magnetism, and quantum and nuclear physics. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Physics 2 examination and is equivalent to college level General Physics 2. A weighted grade is given.

    139501 & 139502 (Year-long) - AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Grades: 11-12
    1 Science credit
    Prerequisite: 1 credit of Biology and 1 credit of Chemistry

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science is devoted to applying scientific processes and reasoning to understanding the environment. This course examines the geological and biological factors that interact to create Earth’s environmental systems and then uses this understanding to investigate the biological basis of current environmental issues with topics including natural resources, energy, pollution, climate change, population growth, and biodiversity conservation. Emphasis is placed on prevention of environmental crises or mitigating them if they occur. This course prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam.