Science 11

Physics

Grades 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters; Honors Section Available

            This is a core course that introduces students to traditional topics in Physics.  Physics enables students to solve simple word problems and to gain an appreciation for the simplicity, order and beauty of God's physical creation as revealed in natural laws.  The course's activities include lectures, demonstrations, in-class problem solving, and student lab work.

            The honors section studies a similar text but covers more topics in greater depth in the same time frame.  Students should have at least concurrent registration in Math Analysis.  Enrollment is limited to those students who have shown high aptitude in all previous science and mathematics courses, have departmental approval, and have approval of the Placement Committee.

 

AP Chemistry

Grades 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This college-level course uses the College Board Curriculum to cover a full first-year college course.  Students take a three-hour College Board AP Chemistry exam in May and can receive up to 8 college credits for this endeavor.  The course includes extensive individualized laboratory work.  This class will meet two additional class periods in the cycle.  Enrollment in the Advanced Placement section is limited to those students who have shown high aptitude in their previous science and math courses, have departmental approval, and have approval of the Placement Committee.

 

AP Biology

Grades 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            Organized according to the College Board Curriculum, AP Biology is the equivalent of an intense undergraduate first-year course.  Topics emphasized include biochemistry, cell biology, classical and molecular genetics, evolution, phylogeny, organism and population biology, and ecology.  This class will meet two additional class periods in the cycle.  Enrollment in the Advanced Placement section is limited to those students who have shown high aptitude in all previous science courses, have departmental approval, and have the approval of the Placement Committee.

 

Electromechanical Design

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            This course is a basic course in the theory, design, and application of electronic and mechanical devices.  During the first semester, students will study the behavior of resistors, capacitors, semiconductors, relays, sensors, and servo motors. The application of the Arduino C language and the microcontroller development board to create embedded control systems will be presented. The second semester will require all students to apply the theory they have learned to design, document, and build at least one major project of their choosing. This course is highly recommended for students who intend to pursue a career in engineering. Prerequisites: none.

 

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Grades 11, 12; 1 Credit - Two Semesters

            The goal of this elective course is to familiarize students with the structure and function of the major organ systems of the human body and to create an appreciation for the complexities and interrelationships among these systems, thus forming a new respect for life.  At the completion of the course, students will be able to: 1) List the ten organ systems and the major structures of each; 2) Discuss the functioning and interplay between these various organ systems, as well as possible malfunctioning; 3) Exhibit good dissection techniques in the laboratory; and 4) Demonstrate through labs their ability to apply factual knowledge to structural manifestations.

 

Forensic Science

Grades 10, 11, 12; 1/2 Credit - Spring Semester

            The Forensic Science Course will facilitate student understanding and appreciation for the true nature of forensic science problem-solving techniques. The course material will integrate science, math, and writing skills as well as a working knowledge of the criminal justice system by using real-life applications and case studies.  Scenarios taken from the headlines and popular media sources will serve to introduce students to the historical development of current technologies.

            Topics such as crime scene investigation and evidence collection will promote critical and logical thinking skills as students learn the scientific methods of topics including fingerprint and blood analysis, determination of death, and entomological and anthropological data.

 

Introduction to Astronomy

Grades 11, 12; 1/2 Credit - Either Semester

                    This elective is an introductory course in astronomy and astrophysics. The class covers most aspects of astronomy, including the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. 

 

Introduction to Ecology

Grades 11, 12; 1/2 Credit - Fall Semester

            This course will be laboratory and activity oriented, using the grounds of Holy Ghost Prep as a field of study. Topics will include:  Issues in Environmental Science, Biogeochemical cycles, Ecosystems, Biological Diversity, Populations, Restoration Ecology, the atmosphere and climate and pollution. Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry is required.

 

Introduction to Genetics

Grades 11, 12; 1/2 Credit - Fall Semester

            This course will be laboratory and activity oriented. Topics will include: Structure of  DNA and RNA, chromosomal structure, how traits are passed on, probability laws, solving genetics problems, influence of environment on genes, comparative genetics, genetic engineering, uses of genetic technology. Emphasis will be on human genetics, but study techniques will be with other organisms. Major Laboratory Assignments will include:  Drosophila Technique and Mating, Human Karyotypes, DNA Extraction, Transformation of Bacteria, Gel Electrophoresis, Restriction Enzymes, Making Cheese, Plant Cancer. Biology and Chemistry are pre-requisites.

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