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GRADE 10

GRADE 11

GRADE 12

HONORS (H)

Biology I Honors

 

Chemistry Honors

 

 

Physics Honors

 

AP Biology, or

AP Chemistry, or

AP Physics, or

AP Environmental

Advanced Biology

COLLEGE (C)

 

 

Biology

 

 

 

Chemistry,

Earth Science

 

Physics, or Chemistry, or

Earth Science

 

Biology II, or

Forensics, or

Advanced Biology, or Advanced Chemistry, or Advanced Physics, or AP Environmental

 

ELECTIVES

 

 

 

AP Environmental

AP Biology

Biology II

Advanced Biology

Forensics

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental

 

Note: Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to participate in additional activities outside of normal classroom time.

INTRODUCTION

Science is a creative endeavor of the human mind. It offers a special perspective of the natural world in terms of understanding and interaction. The aim of science education is to develop in learners a rich and full understanding of the inquiry process; the key concepts and principles of life science, physical science, earth and space sciences; and issues of science, technology and society in historical and contemporary contexts.

The major goal of science education is to develop scientifically literate individuals with a high competency for rational thought. Scientific literacy involves the development of concepts, process skills, and attitudes necessary to encourage the individual to learn under his/her own initiative and an active interest in doing so.

Students will be able to demonstrate their scientific literacy by being able to:

·         Use knowledge of major concepts, laws, processes, and theories of science in his/her interaction with other people and his/her environment.

·         Recognize that the development of scientific knowledge depends upon inquiry process and upon conceptual theories.

·         Incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of mathematics.

·         Recognize that all science findings are tentative, subject to change as evidence accumulates.

·         Appreciate the scientific work carried out by others having accumulated sufficient knowledge and experience to do so.

·         Recognize the limitations as well as the usefulness of science and technology.

·         Recognize the interrelationship between science and other facets of society.

·         Perceive the world as a richer and more livable place as a result of his/her science education.

 

Science

 ILLINOIS STATE GOALS FOR SCIENCE:

STATE GOAL 11: Understand the processes of scientific inquiry and technological design to investigate

                    questions, conduct experiments and solve problems.

A. Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of scien­tific inquiry.

B. Know and apply the concepts, principles and processes of tech­nological design.

 STATE GOAL 12: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and interconnections of the life,

                      physical and earth/space sciences.

A. Know and apply concepts that explain how living things func­tion, adapt and change.

B. Know and apply concepts that describe how living things interact with each other and with their

     environ­ment.          

C. Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions

     between them.

D. Know and apply concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them.

E. Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources.

F. Know and apply concepts that explain the composition and struc­ture of the universe and Earth’s

     place in it.

 STATE GOAL 13: Understand the relationships among science, technology and society in historical and

                    contemporary contexts.

A. Know and apply the accepted practices of science.

B. Know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology and society.

 

Course Number:                 H22/23

Course Title:                       Earth Science

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in one year of Biology or Staff Placement

Earth Science is a full-year science course. Topics explored include astronomy, meteorology, geology and topography. This laboratory course is open to students who have successfully completed one year of science (one full credit).

Course Number:                 H46/47

Course Title:                       Biology II

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Biology and Chemistry. Credit earned or concurrent enrollment in Physics is recommended

The purpose of Biology II is to provide a greater understanding of the Biological Sciences to those students that have completed Biology I. The first semester of study focuses on animal classification, prokaryotes, protista, fungi, viruses, the anatomy and physiology of plants and plant reproduction; while the second semester covers topics related to anatomy/physiology.

Course Number:                 H52/53

Course Title:                       Biology I

Prerequisite:                        Staff Placement

Biology is a lab-based course that stresses the interrelationships that exist among the sciences, with an emphasis on chemical principles related to biology. The major areas of study include the scientific method, anatomy and physiology of the cell, cellular energy and reproduction, DNA and protein synthesis, DNA technology, genetics, taxonomy and evolution. Several sections are offered which provide accommodations and modifications for students with particular academic needs.

Course Number:                 H54/55

Course Title:                       Biology Honors

Prerequisite:                        Staff Placement  

Biology Honors is an accelerated laboratory course for the highly motivated and academically talented student who desires to pursue an honors curriculum in science. The major areas of study include the chemical basis of life, the anatomy and physiology of the cell, cellular energy and reproduction, DNA and protein synthesis, DNA technology, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, ecology, and the scientific method. Biology Honors includes a greater depth of information than Biology I and various special projects.

Course Number:                 H56/57

Course Title:                       Advanced Biology Honors

Prerequisite:                     Credit earned in Biology or Biology Honors and Chemistry or Chemistry Honors. Concurrent enrollment in or credit earned in Physics is recommended.

Advanced Biology is an honors level course focusing on specific systems of the human body. The first semester covers an introduction of the course including tissues, the integumentary system, the nervous system, the general and special senses, and the skeletal system. The second semester includes the muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory system. Students will be expected to participate in dissections and learn proper technique and procedure.

 

Course Number:                 H58/59

Course Title:                       AP Biology

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Honors Biology and concurrent enrollment in or credit earned in     

                                                Chemistry Honors or Physics Honors; and/or teacher recommendation.

The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. The advanced placement course in Biology provides an opportunity for high school students to receive credit for college-level work completed at the secondary school level. Three main topics are covered in the Advanced Placement Biology curriculum: molecules and cells, heredity and evolution, and organisms and populations. Twelve prescribed AP labs are performed. Students who meet the rigorous demands of the curriculum will be well prepared to take the AP Exam in May. Additional lab time is required.

 Course Number:                 H62/63

Course Title:                       Chemistry

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Algebra I and Biology

Concepts and generalizations of chemistry are developed based on evidence meaningful to the students. Students make observations, seek patterns, and develop interpretation of the way matter interacts based on its composition. This course is designed for the student who has an interest in science but does not intend to pursue chemistry at the honors level of difficulty. Among the topics discussed are the periodic table, chemical symbols, formulas and equations, chemical reactions, energy changes, atomic structure, chemical bonding and measurement of matter. Additional topics may include stoichiometry, gas laws, and/or solutions.

Course Number:                 H64/65

Course Title:                       Chemistry Honors

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Algebra I Honors and Biology Honors, or teacher recommendation

Chemistry Honors is an accelerated laboratory course for the highly motivated and academically talented student who desires to pursue an honors curriculum in science. Quantitative aspects of chemistry are stressed, and there is a heavy emphasis on problem solving. Students are expected to have a strong background in mathematics. Among the topics discussed are the periodic table, chemical symbols, formulas and equations, chemical reactions, energy changes, atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws and measurement of matter. 

Course Number:                 H68/69

Course Title:                       AP Chemistry

Prerequisite:                     Credit earned in Honors Chemistry. Concurrent enrollment or credit in Physics Honors or teacher recommendation

This course includes the topics assessed by the AP Exam and is designed to include topics analogous to those presented in a first year college chemistry course. This course prepares students who plan to major in engineering, chemistry, or pre-medicine in college. At the conclusion of this course, students may attempt to obtain college credit by taking the AP Examination in Chemistry.

Course Number:                 H72/73

Course Title:                       Physics

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Geometry and Chemistry and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II/Trig

Basic concepts in Physics are presented in a descriptive manner. The course is designed for students having general interest and is less mathematical in its approach than Physics Honors. Topics include mechanics, wave phenomena, and electricity. Many types of learning activities in addition to laboratory activities are provided for the students.

Course Number:                 H74/75

Course Title:                       Physics Honors

Prerequisite:                     Credit earned in Chemistry Honors and Geometry Honors and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors or College Algebra/Trigonometry, or teacher recommendation.

Physics Honors is an accelerated laboratory course for the highly motivated and academically talented student who desires to pursue an honors curriculum in science and anticipates a career in science or engineering. Topics include mechanics, wave phenomena and electricity with emphasis placed upon mathematical methods of problem solving as well as collecting data and analyzing experimental data.

 

Course Number:                 H78/79

Course Title:                       AP Physics B

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Honors Physics and concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher, or teacher recommendation.

The Advanced Placement Physics B course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. Knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course; the basic ideas of calculus may be introduced in connection with physical concepts, such as acceleration and work. Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems should be the major goals of the course. Additional lab time is required.

Course Number:                 H80/81

Course Title:                       AP Physics C (Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism)

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Honors Physics and concurrent enrollment in Calculus or teacher recommendation.

In the Advanced Placement Physics C course, semester one is devoted to mechanics. Use of calculus in problem solving and in derivations is expected to increase as the course progresses. Semester two emphasizes classical electricity and magnetism. Calculus is used freely in formulating principles and in solving problems. Additional lab time is required.

Course Number:                 H82/83

Course Title:                       Forensic Science

Prerequisite:             Credit earned in Biology, Chemistry and concurrent enrollment or credit earned in Physics. If you are concurrently enrolled in Physics, teacher recommendation is needed, additionally.   

Introduction to Forensics is a one-year upper level laboratory-based course for students who have completed biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will explore the following areas of forensics: anthropology, evidentiary procedures, constitutional law, toxicology, arson, blood spatter/DNA, fingerprinting, and the history of forensics. Students will be expected to read and comprehend an advanced text in addition to supplementary readings. The final evaluation will require students to solve a crime by following evidentiary procedures; they will collect evidence properly, analyze the evidence collected, question persons of interest, identify a suspect, and present their final analysis of the crime. The course also will feature guest speakers as well as field trips.

 
Course Number:                 H84/85

Course Title:                       AP Environmental

Prerequisite:                        Credit earned in Biology Honors or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry Honors, or teacher recommendation

The Advanced Placement Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory environmental biology course. The advanced placement course in Environmental Science provides an opportunity for high school students to receive credit for college-level work completed at the secondary school level. The goal of AP Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. At the conclusion of this course, students may attempt to obtain college credit by taking the AP Exam for Environmental Science. Additional lab time is required.

Course Number:                 H98/99

Course Title:                       Independent Studies: Science

Prerequisite:                        Recommendation of Instructor and administrative approval

This course may not be used to duplicate any other science course offering. The student should draft a proposal related to a science topic outside the scope of the district curriculum. Instructor and administrative approval will be based upon an evaluation of the student’s ability and the program proposed.

Course Number:                 HZ414/415

Course Title:                       Physical Science

Prerequisite:                        Team recommendation*

This full year course includes a laboratory science involving basic concepts in chemistry and physics. The concepts are studied with a focus on scientific method. Emphasis is placed on problem solving through data collection, graphing and analysis, and forming conclusions.

Course Number:                 HZ418/419

Course Title:                       Biology

Prerequisite:                        Team recommendation*

Biology is a lab-based course that stresses the interrelationships that exist among the sciences with an emphasis on chemical principals related to biology. The major areas of study include the chemical basis of life, the anatomy and physiology of the cell, cellular energy and reproduction, DNA and protein synthesis, DNA technology, genetics, taxonomy and evolution.

Course Number:                HZ424/425

Course Title:                       Earth Science

Prerequisite:                        Team recommendation*

 Earth Science is a full-year science course, in which both semesters may be taken independently, not necessarily in sequence. Topics explored include astronomy, meteorology, geology and topography. This laboratory course is open to students who have successfully completed one year of science (one full credit).

Course Number:               HZ498/499

Course Title:                       Independent Study

Prerequisite:                     Team recommendation*(instructor and administrator approval)

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