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All potential course offerings in the subject of Science are listed alphabetically below.   Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 

 

AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 30511

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Agricultural Biology is a laboratory science course with the goal of giving students the opportunity to explore biology as it relates to agriculture, food, and natural resources. The course emphasizes detailed knowledge of the biological principles of the following areas: molecular and cellular aspects of living things, structure and function of plants and animals, genetics, physiology, plant and animal diversity and principles of classification, ecological relationships, and animal behavior. Protein synthesis, classification of life, and comparative anatomy units will also be included in this course. Students will participate in discussion, lectures, and readings based on the Colorado Science Standards and the Colorado Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource standards. Additional topics to be studied include opportunities in the FFA, Colorado agriculture, animal production, plant production, genetics and record keeping. This course may serve as a substitution for Biology if a student completes an approved pathway in Agricultural Education.

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 30530

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Biology

Description: Anatomy and Physiology is an upper level science course for juniors and seniors who plan to attend college and specialize in science, medicine, or related fields. A detailed study of the structures and functions of the human body begins with a review of cell physiology and biochemistry, then advances into studies of histology and selected body systems. Students must master the use of the microscopes and other technologies, complete an independent research project and carry out an expanded, detailed mammalian dissection.

 

AP BIOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 30560

Grades: 10, 11,12

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry (can be taken concurrently)

Description: AP Biology is an introductory college level course organized around the four Big Ideas including:  1. Evolution            2. Cellular processes and energy 3. Genetics and information transfer 4. Biological Interactions. This course is designed to enable you to develop advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time will be spent in hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry based investigations that provide students with opportunities to apply the  seven science practices. There are strong reading, writing, math and reasoning components. Time is required each day outside of class to work on AP Biology content.

 

 AP CHEMISTRY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 31060

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry (or teacher recommendation for missing prerequisites)

Description: AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a competence in dealing with chemical problems.

 

AP PHYSICS 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 31550

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra 2, and Precalculus concurrent enrollment recommended (teacher recommendation required for missing prerequisites)

Description:  AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.  Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion), work, energy, and power, mechanical waves and sound, and introductory simple circuits.  The rigor of AP Physics differs qualitatively from our general physics course with respect to the textbook used, the topics covered, and laboratory work done by students.

 

BIOLOGY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 30510

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Integrated Science

Description: Biology is an exciting, comprehensive study of the living world. Students who take Biology will be involved in a variety of laboratory experiences and students will learn about ecology, cell physiology, evolution, and molecular genetics. Students will be expected to take part in an extensive mammalian dissection and analysis. Student participation in discussions, labs and projects concerning human influences and current biological topics will be an important part of this course.

 

CHEMISTRY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 31010

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Biology, Geometry 2/Algebra 1B, (Math 2) and concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 recommended

Description: Students will learn fundamental concepts of chemistry through both a theoretical and laboratory approach. Topics of study include Atomic Theory, Quantum Theory, chemical reactions, the mole and molarity, conservation of matter and energy, and thermochemistry. This course is designed to prepare students for chemistry in college.

 

CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 31050

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

Description: Students will learn fundamental concepts of chemistry through a thematic and laboratory approach. Conceptual Chemistry teaches concepts and laboratory skills in the context of real-world applications and with a focus on practical applications.  Topics of study include the chemistry of solutions, Atomic Theory, bonding, conservation of matter and energy, basics of organic and biochemistry.

 

INTEGRATED SCIENCE | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 32010

Grades: 9

Prerequisites:

Description: Integrated Science is an introductory lab-based science class designed to develop high school level scientific inquiry and thinking skills.  These foundational skills will be focused in the area of Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. Students can expect to be engaged in activities and labs to solve challenging problems.

 

 

PHYSICS | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 31510

Grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Biology and Algebra 2 (concurrent enrollment)

Description: Physics is a study of the rules of nature; the way things connect together. The concepts of physics are presented in plain English and illustrated mathematically with equations. The equations of physics are guides to thinking, not just recipes for solving problems. The understanding of concepts comes first, followed by laboratory experiences where appropriate. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, energy, electricity. An understanding of the rules of physics elevates students? appreciation as they interact with the physical world.