PHYSICAL SCIENCE (CP2) - Grade 9
Offered to freshmen and involves a general introduction to the fields of physics and chemistry and also includes topics concerning earth science. This course is a survey of science with an emphasis on the development of laboratory skills, deductive and inductive reasoning and reading comprehension. The students will explore different topics in physical sciences such as chemical interactions, forces and motion of the earth's interior, astronomy, change through time and ecology. It is designed to help students pass the Ohio Graduation Test.BIOLOGY (H, ACP, CP1) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Includes the study of the properties of living matter, cell structure and function, and a survey of living plants and animals with a major emphasis on man as a functioning organism. Genetics, evolution, and ecology are also considered.INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY (CP2) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This course provides a very broad approach to the concepts of biology, examining the structural and chemical basis of life. Emphasis is placed on current topics in science and understanding biological terminology. Content areas include the cell, heredity, evolution, ecology & classification of living organisms.ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (CP1) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This course will cover earth science topics including geology, earth resources, erosion, and plate tectonics. Environmental issues will include soil and water quality, air pollution, global warming, and personal responsibility. Research projects will involve using the internet, library, and other outside resources.ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE - DUAL CREDIT - Grades 11, 12
This course studies the natural world around us, how we humans use and abuse it, and how we can become "good stewards" of the environment. Therefore this course involves an interdisciplinary approach, combining information and principles from the natural sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, and geology; and the social sciences: economics, politics, sociology, and ethics. These and others will be used to put the environmental issues of the day into perspective in our world today. This course aims to help make students better consumers/users of our earth's natural resources.BIOLOGY OF THE HUMAN - DUAL CREDIT - Grades 11, 12
This course is primarily concerned with the study of the structure and function of the human body. This will include the studies of Anatomy, which is concerned with form/structure of the body parts and Physiology, which is the study of how the anatomy functions. These will be examined on the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system, and organism level. The maintenance of homeostasis is the overlying theme of this course. This course covers current health care issues and improves the student's communication skills in health care matters.AP COLLEGE BIOLOGY - Grades 11, 12
Teaches the scientific concepts of Biology to the range and depth covered in a college-level first-year General Biology class for Biology majors. This course is offered through Elder High School in consortium with Thomas More College. The format of the course will be lectures with only a few supplemental labs. The eight major topics to be covered include: The Chemistry of Life, The Cell, Genetics, Mechanisms of Evolution, Biological Diversity, Plant Form and Function, Animal Form and Function, and Ecology. This course is a college Biology course with dual credit offered through Thomas More College (3 college credit hours per semester - maximum 6/year). An additional fee is associated with earning dual credit. Prerequisite: 80+ average in Biology and Chemistry plus instructor approval.CHEMISTRY (CP1) - Grades 10, 11, 12
This course is designed to give students who are not interested in majoring in a science related field an opportunity to understand of how chemistry affects their daily life. Topics are centered on chemistry-related solutions for society and the world. The course is centered on laboratory experiences, an appreciation of chemical processes and reactions that are met through problem solving. Examples of topics are conserving resources, food composition, environmental impact, nuclear energy, health, and forensics.
CHEMISTY (H, ACP) - Grades 10, 11, 12
The composition of the kinds of substances which constitute the entire physical world is determined by the kind and arrangement of atoms in the molecules of these substances. To understand their properties, basic concepts such as atomic structure, energy, and chemical reactivity are studied and investigated by discussions, demonstrations, experimentation, and technical science videos. This is a college preparatory course that is offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors meeting the requirements. Prerequisite: Algebra I (80 average) and successful completion of Biology.
PHYSICS (CP1) - Grades 11, 12
This first course in Physics which includes a study of the relationships of matter and energy, the forms of energy, mechanics, vibrations and waves, and sound. College, college prep, and conceptual levels are offered.
PHYSICS (ACP) - Grades 11, 12
This first course in Physics which includes a study of the relationships of matter and energy, the forms of energy, mechanics, vibrations and waves, and sound. College, college prep, and conceptual levels are offered. Students intending to take AP Physics 2 should take AP Physics 1.
AP PHYSICS 1 - Grades 11, 12
This algebra-based course is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. Students who take this course and pass the AP Physics 2 exam may be awarded science credit from their chosen college. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. Students taking this course are required to complete the AP exam for Physics 1. A teacher recommendation is required for this course.
AP PHYSICS 2 - Grade 12
This year-long course is designed for second-year physics students who intend to major in a non-technical program in college (e.g., business, accounting, education, law, etc.). Students who take this course and pass the AP Physics 2 exam may be awarded science credit from their chosen college. Subjects covered will include waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, reflection and refraction of light, relativity, and nuclear physics. The course is algebra-based and does not require a familiarity with calculus principles. Students taking this course are required to complete the AP exam for Physics 2. A teacher recommendation is required for this course. Honors Physics is a prerequisite for this course.
AP PHYSICS C - Grade 12
This year-long course is designed for second-year physics students who intend to major in a scientific or technical program in college (e.g., medicine, engineering, etc.). Students who take this course and pass the AP Physics C exam may be awarded science credit from their chosen college. The course covers mechanics principles which were covered in the first-year course, but this time includes calculus principles as well. A previous or concurrent course in calculus is required.
ASTRONOMY (ACP) - Grades 10, 11, 12
A semester course in the evolution and composition of the universe. Stars and planets, galaxies, moons, comets and asteroids will be studied. The course will utilize Starry Night High School astronomy software.
PHYSIOLOGY (ACP, CP1) - Grades 10, 11, 12
Offers a more detailed explanation of the structure and functions of the human body beyond those already covered in the standard biology or health courses. Healthful living habits are also included. Prerequisite 85 average in Biology.
AP CHEMISTRY - Grades 11, 12
A second-year Chemistry course intended for students who plan to pursue careers in basic science, engineering, or the health sciences. The course will focus on topics selected from the following: stoichiometry, atomic structure, molecular structure, solutions, gas laws, equilibrium, acids and bases, chemical bonding, entropy, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Students will perform laboratory activities applying the theory they have learned in class. Intended to prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry exam. Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry I or ACP Chemistry I with instructor recommendation.
MATERIALS SCIENCE (H, CP1) - Grades 11, 12
This class is an elective lab science course open to students with an interest in extending their scientific knowledge to engineering design. Students will expand their knowledge in basic chemistry concepts of atomic structure and bonding as they explore the relationship between the chemical structure and material properties of metal, polymer, composite, and ceramic materials in a hands-on laboratory environment. Students will also connect material selection and design issues with professional ethics through engineering case studies. Students will exhibit their knowledge of materials selection and engineering design through an extended group engineering design project. Various texts, handouts and online resources will be used to enhance the learning process.