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SCIENCE Courses

Anatomy, Physiology, and Psychology
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.

Prerequisites: SCI110

 

Bioethics
SCI122

Students will explore the recent and historical research surrounding the human genome with a major focus on analyzing both the techniques and ethical implications of this research. Students will also have the opportunity to practice genetic engineering techniques that are being used in the field today. In this course, students will connect scientific phenomena and research practices to their impacts on society at large and the future of our species. Major topics include: the eugenics movement, genetic testing, genetic sequencing, de-extinction, and personal genomics. Assessment methods include whole-class discussions and debates, written reflections on articles and books, argumentative writing, and the occasional written test or quiz.

Prerequisites: SCI110

Biology
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.

Prerequisites: SCI109

 

Chemistry
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.

Prerequisites: SCI110

Climate Science
SCI104

Students will explore in great detail the current research surrounding climate change and study the implications it will have on plants, animals, and the human species through the lens of ecology, socioeconomics, and globalization. This course offers a unique opportunity for students to use their understanding of science to analyze media coverage of scientific phenomena for bias and accuracy. Major topics include: geosciences, physical science, foundations of climate, ecosystems, and climate mitigation. Assessment methods include whole-class discussions and debates, written reflections on articles and books, argumentative writing, group projects, and the occasional written test or quiz.

Prerequisites: SCI110

 

Environmental Science
SCI109

This is a high science course designed to endow students with the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to apply scientific skills and processes on major environmental science concepts.The main themes of the course are biodiversity, sustainability, evolution,energy, systems ecology, and interdependence. Students explore ecological relationships, study global climate, and investigate population, consumption and pollution issues. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to use the scientific skills and processes and major environmental science concepts to understand interrelationships of the natural world and to analyze environmental issues and their solutions Students are assessed through quizzes, tests, individual and group projects, homework assignments, lab work, presentations, and class activities. Ownership of knowledge acquired in the environmental science course will be demonstrated in 10th grade biology and in the 10th grade MCAS exam taken by all 10th grade students.

Prerequisites: None

Introduction to Biology
SCI124

In Introduction to Biology, students develop and deepen their understanding of the scientific method and the biological world while preparing for the Biology MCAS. In this course series, students will have the opportunity to learn about evolution, ecology, DNA & genetics, cells, and the human body while completing hands-on labs and activities with occasional written exams. This 2-year rotating course is designed for students who would benefit from reduced content and more time for in-class reinforcement of Biology MCAS material. This course should be by recommendation only from grades 8 and 9 science teachers, as it will be a two year rotating course full of ninth and tenth graders. This rotating course would start with Introduction to Biology and students should expect to take Introduction to Environmental Science the following school year to complete the course series.

Prerequisites: Recommendation

 

Physics
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.

Prerequisites: SCI110, MTH111

Physics of Music
SCI115

This course studies wave theory with a focus on sound and music. We will study the fundamentals of wave mechanics, energy transfer through various media, sound, resonating systems, tube instruments, string instruments, and percussion instruments. We will look at various modes of tuning and tonal structures from around the world as well as the physics behind chords, intervals, and consonance and dissonance. This course will be project intensive, so interested students should be self-motivated and willing to participate in construction of various apparatuses (like different types of instruments). A music theory background is helpful, however students will learn this throughout the course as needed. Prerequisite: algebra 2 or permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: MTH111

 

Science 7
SCI107

Students will begin the year solving engineering problems using the design process, building models to analyze various forms of energy, and communicating their solutions. We will then dive into discussing how of heat energy is transferred. Students will then learn to analyze heat transfer within Earth's systems. After this detailed study of thermal energy, we will explore the flow of energy in a variety of ecosystems and human impact on Earth's systems. . We will finish the year looking at the invisible forces of gravity and electromagnetism. Assessment methods will include creative and critical projects, journals, quizzes, lab activities and science binders.

Prerequisites: None

Science 8
SCI108

In 8th grade science students use more abstract thinking skills to explain causes and effect relationships of complex phenomena and systems to explain patterns and make future predictions. We will cover topics in a variety of sciences including earth science, life science, chemistry and physical science. Specific topics include the causes of seasons and tides, plate tectonics , climate, the role of genetics in reproduction, heredity, and natural and artificial selection, how atoms and molecules interact and Newton’s laws. By the end of the year students should be able to analyze and provide evidence of phenomena and describe the causes of processes that often cannot be seen.

Prerequisites: None

 

 

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