Science Courses

Anatomy Physiology and Psych

Course Number: 

SCI106

Students not only investigate the anatomical and physiological aspects of the human body systems, but also learn about the power of the brain and how it controls and dictates the body's responses. Explore how the processes of the brain can often explain human behavior, and how many psychologists have explained human behavior over the years. Study how the body and the mind sometimes struggle to work properly. Students are expected to display their knowledge individually and through group work in a variety of ways including written pieces, class activities, homework, assessments, quizzes and tests, presentations, and lab work.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

11/12 Only

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

G-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Biology

Biology

Course Number: 

SCI110

Students explore in great detail the characteristics of living organisms. Major components include: skills of a laboratory scientist, biochemistry and cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Students are expected to display their knowledge both individually and through group work in a variety of ways, including written pieces, class activities, homework, assessments, quizzes and tests, and lab work. This course allows students to make a connection between biology in the classroom and biology in the 'real world,' as well as prepare students for the Biology MCAS test.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

Varies (9-12)

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

A-Block
E-Block
F-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Environmental Science

Chemistry

Course Number: 

SCI111

This general chemistry course includes inquiry-based investigations combined with quantitative laboratory work. Students examine concepts such as matter, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding and structure, types of reactions, stoichiometry, pH, reaction rate, energy and chemical thermodynamics, and nuclear processes. Students are assessed through quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

11/12 Only

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

C-Block
E-Block
G-Block
H-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Biology

Environmental Science

Course Number: 

SCI109

Environmental science is the study of our natural and constructed environment, and the interactions between populations and their surroundings. The main themes of the course are biodiversity, sustainability, systems ecology, and interdependence. Students conduct field research at a wetland, explore ecological relationships, study global climate, and investigate population, consumption and pollution issues.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

9

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

C,D,F,H

Food Science and Nutrition

Course Number: 

SCI121B

This course is designed to explore the field of food science from a nutritional and ecological perspective. Chemical, biological, and physiological aspects of nutrition will be the foundation for considering topics such as the composition of food, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, metabolism, vitamins, minerals, food regulation and preparation, food safety, and the impact food has on physical health. This course includes inquiry-based investigations combined with laboratory work. Through investigations of the science of nutrition, students will engage in conversations about issues related to sustainability, food security, food integrity, climate change, and historical and cultural significance. Students will be assessed through quizzes, tests, individual research projects, group work, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities.

Term(s): 

Spring

Grade Level: 

11/12 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

Forensic Science

Course Number: 

SCI142

This course is designed to challenge students with topics such as ethics as a forensic expert, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood typing and spattering, tool mark analysis & ballistics, forensic anthropology, document analysis and chemical analysis of drugs, poisons, and trace evidence. This applied science course includes inquiry-based investigations combined with laboratory work. Students will enhance their critical thinking skills, observational skills, and their ability to effectively communicate lab results to their peers. These topics will utilize aspects of biology, chemistry, and physics for a diverse approach to understanding the field of forensic science. Students will be assessed through quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities.

Term(s): 

Fall

Grade Level: 

11/12 Only

Credits: 

5.00

Blocks Offered: 

F-Block

Physics

Course Number: 

SCI103

Physics begins with an investigation of motion. Examine concepts such as velocity, acceleration, vectors, force, inertia, momentum (linear and rotational), energy, work, power, and relative motion. Continue with an analysis of waves, sound, electricity and magnetism, nuclear and atomic physics, and introductory quantum theories. There is an emphasis on the mathematical components of the physics as well as the conceptual theories involved. Coursework per semester includes: 3-4 major tests; 4-6 quizzes; 2-3 major projects; frequent labs; and weekly homework assignments.

Term(s): 

Full-Year

Grade Level: 

11/12 Only

Credits: 

10.00

Blocks Offered: 

B-Block
C-Block

Pre-requisite: 

Must have passed Biology and Algebra II