GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

3 credits in Science must include one unit of physical sciences, one unit of life sciences and one unit of advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology or other earth or space science.

Pathway Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Honors/IB Biology Chemistry SL IB Biology (Year 1) SL IB Biology (Year 2)
College Prep Biology Chemistry Physics Science Elective or CCP Course
General Physical Science Biology Anatomy and Physiology Science Elective or EDGE

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COURSES

Freshman
Biology
Academic Pathway: Honors, CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

This is a laboratory-oriented course designed for freshmen. The course provides an in-depth experience of biochemistry and cell biology and reinforces these concepts throughout the year.   Topics include the cell, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, protein synthesis, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is given to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are to work collaboratively as well as individually to solve problems and investigate the latest information in biology. The course material extends beyond the classroom with experiences that apply to daily life.

Physical Science
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

Have you ever wondered why some metals are magnetic but others are not?  Or how do eyeglasses correct our vision? And how much solar energy can we get from the sun? In Physical Science, we will answer these questions and many more! We will cover introductory topics in chemistry –like how the number of electrons determines how elements bond with (or refuse to bond with) each other. Then, we branch into physics, exploring how and why things move the way they do. Finally, we will wrap up the year exploring the stars and planets in our solar system! In addition to all of this, you will learn how scientists conduct their experiments and how scientific discoveries influence our everyday world.

Sophomore
Chemistry
Academic Pathway: Honors, CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

This course introduces basic topics of chemistry using an in-depth and mathematical approach.  Topics covered include measurement and problem solving, atomic structure, chemical bonding, the mole concept, periodic table, nomenclature and equations, stoichiometry, and solutions.  Some concepts have a strong mathematical emphasis. Concepts covered in class are applied to lab experiments and other activities.

Biology
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

The course provides an in-depth experience of biochemistry and cell biology and reinforces these concepts throughout the year.   Topics include the cell, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, protein synthesis, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is given to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are to work collaboratively as well as individually to solve problems and investigate the latest information in biology. The course material extends beyond the classroom with experiences that apply to daily life.

Junior
Physics
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

Physics encompasses everything from the really large (the universe) to the really small (subatomic particles) and serves as the foundation for all other physical sciences and engineering. In this course, you will learn about a wide variety of topics -- including how and why objects move the way they do (mechanics), what curveballs and peanut butter have in common (fluid mechanics), how electrons behave in atoms and iPhones (electricity and magnetism), the science of sounds and color (waves), why energy is both the hottest and coolest stuff (thermodynamics) and so much more!

Anatomy and Physiology
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course 
Credit: 1 full science credit

Anatomy and Physiology is an introductory course designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between the structures and functions of the body. Students will engage in investigations from the cellular level to the level of the organism to understand and explain the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body. This course will involve laboratory activities, dissections, clinical studies, and a field trip, which will provide students a hands-on learning experience for exploring the human system components and basic physiology. Systems will be studied from an integrative perspective and will cover the following: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive. Students completing anatomy and physiology will be prepared to apply their knowledge in medical field careers, health and fitness careers, and post-secondary classes involving health-related fields of study.

Senior
College Credit Plus Physics
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course
Credit: 1 full science credit

Physics encompasses everything from the really large (the universe) to the really small (subatomic particles) and serves as the foundation for all other physical sciences and engineering. In this course, you will learn about a wide variety of topics -- including how and why objects move the way they do (mechanics), what curveballs and peanut butter have in common (fluid mechanics), how electrons behave in atoms and iPhones (electricity and magnetism), the science of sounds and color (waves), why energy is both the hottest and coolest stuff (thermodynamics) and so much more!

Forensics
Academic Pathway: General
Term: year-long course 
Credit: 1 full science credit

Students will have the opportunity to apply biology and chemistry concepts and knowledge to the field of forensic science.  Topics may include crime scene processing, trace evidence analysis, fingerprinting, blood analysis, DNA, ballistics, fiber & hair analysis, document analysis, anthropology, and more.

Senior Science Elective - Environmental Science
Academic Pathway: CP
Term: year-long course 
Credit: 1 full science credit

Environmental Science is the study of patterns and processes in the natural world and their modification by human activity. To understand current environmental problems, we need to consider physical, biological, and chemical processes that are often the basis of those problems. This environmental science course is designed to help students gain greater awareness and understanding of the applications of environmental science.  Students will have the opportunity to “experience” environmental science by participating in field trips, lab experiments, and meeting guest speakers. Students will explore various career options in the fields of environmental science including ecology, forestry, park management, animal husbandry, urban gardening, and other fields related to a career in environmental science.

FACULTY

Elizabeth Ulrich
Class 2009
Science Teacher/IB Team

VIEW PROFILEeulrich@purcellmarian.org513.751.1230 ext. 341