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Science Curriculum

EARTH SCIENCE

Grade: 8
Course Description: Earth science course provides students with an understanding of the general concepts of earth science. Students will learn the structure and composition of the earth including the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, surface waters, landmasses and interior. Students investigate the dynamics of the earth’s changing surface and the role that energy plays in earth systems. Students learn how the earth’s ecological systems support life through environmental relationships and natural cycles. Students develop an understanding of ecological resources and wildlife conservation. Students relate the flow of matter and energy within an ecosystem. Through “hands-on” investigation, students learn to conduct scientific investigations, think scientifically, and use scientific tools and technologies. Students learn to communicate scientific information and processes, and understand how developments in science and technology affect society and the environment.

BIOLOGY I

Grade: 9-10
Course Description: The biology curriculum can be broken down into two components: microbiology and zoology. Students will learn about biochemistry, a comprehensive unit on cell structure, function, homeostasis, and cell division. Current cutting edge topics and bioethical issues such as stem cells, cloning, and cancer will be touched upon. Studies will continue with a detailed understanding of DNA, basic genetics, human genetics, and biotechnology and its impact on society. These units lead into a study of viruses and bacteria. Natural science and the theory of evolution are introduced. The course concludes with a survey of the animal kingdom incorporating aspects of all other units covered. Lab work is presented to reinforce concepts taught in class.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Grade: 8
Course Description: This course explores the physical world. The interaction of matter and energy is the foundation for this hands-on, discovery based course. Extensive lab work, student centered activities, real life applications, utilizing the scientific method and the process of science will be the focus throughout the course. The student will gain the invaluable skills needed to be successful in Chemistry and Physics.

CHEMISTRY I

Grade: 11
Prerequisites: Biology I and Physical Science
Course Description: Chemistry is organized around major concepts of matter, structure, energy, and change. This course will emphasize the principles and laws that describe the conservation of matter, changes in the structure of matter, and changes in energy. Substances can be described by their chemical structure or properties. Substances can be made of molecules and these molecules are made of atoms. The properties of water are very different from the properties of hydrogen or oxygen of which it is composed. When parts come together, the whole often has properties that are very different from its parts. The formation of compounds results in a great diversity of matter from a limited number of elements. When matter combines, energy is absorbed or released and matter is rearranged to make new substances with new properties.

AP CHEMISTRY  

Grade: 11
Perquisites: Biology I, Teacher Recommendation 
Course Description: The AP Chemistry course covers metric and temperature conversions, density, mixtures/compounds/elements, chemical and physical properties, structure of the atom and electron configuration, periodic table, bonding, chemical formulas and nomenclature, moles, chemical reactions, gas laws, and properties of gases, liquids and solids, and more. These are all
topics typically found in a first-year introductory college chemistry course. It provides a solid preparation for the AP Chemistry exam. Students that receive a passing score on the exam will also receive credit for a college level Chemistry Lab. 

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Grades 10
Prerequisites: Biology I, Teacher Recommendation

Course Description: The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the complex environmental issues.  

BIOLOGY II 

Grades 12
Prerequisites: Biology I, Chemistry I or AP Chemistry (DE will need to meet SELU Standards)
Course Description: GBIO 151 is a hybrid course with all content delivered online through Moodle DE or face-to-face by Southeastern faculty. The Southeastern instructor of record will develop course content and provide prowerpoint notes. They also provide ungraded practice tests that are similar to exams, as well as exam study guides in the form of course outlines. The outlines will help prepare students to complete the graded assignments and the exams that are provided by Southeastern. The high school teachers will act as the facilitator and assist with student registration and enrollment, proctor exams as necessary, and through supplemental instruction, serve as a resource for students as they assimilate course content. The final course grade is assigned by the Southeastern instructor. All students will receive a separate high school grade for the course. Students are eligible to take the course for high school credit only, but are expected to meet all learning objectives of the college level course. 

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

Grades 11-12
Recommended pre-requisites: Physical Science, Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
Physics is a laboratory science course that examines the relationship between matter and energy and how they interact. This course will have a strong emphasis in the mathematics of physics. Students explore physics concepts through an inquiry approach. Embedded standards for Inquiry, Technology & Engineering, and Mathematics are taught in the context of the content standards for Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Light and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism and Atomic & Nuclear Science