Chemistry is an introduction to the study of matter and change, emphasizing mastery of stoichiometry, lab skills, and critical thinking. Students study topics such as modern atomic theory, bonding, nomenclature, types of reactions, kinetic theory of gases, and acid/base solution chemistry. Requirement: Conceptual Physics (or physical science if transfer student) and Algebra I.
Biology exposes students to many aspects of biology, from unseen forms of life to population mechanics. Students will explore natural processes through labs, scientific research, and logical reasoning in order to better understand the world around them.
Advanced Biology is a laboratory intensive science elective intended to further students’ knowledge and appreciation of selected topics from the introductory Biology course. Topics include cellular structure and processes, genetics, evolution, ecology, and biotechnology. Students explore these topics through readings, discussion, and hands-on activities and engage in more advanced laboratory techniques such as gel electrophoresis. Requirement: Chemistry and Biology
Advanced Chemistry presents chemistry at the college level, using Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd ed.) by Nivaldo J. Tro, a college text for general chemistry. This text has extensive internet-based supplemental and tutorial materials. Students spend substantial time outside of class learning and drilling the material. Laboratory work is included and students are offered opportunities to participate in service learning opportunities, field trips, guest lectures, and Chemistry Department Seminar at the University of the South. Each year students in this course prepare a Chemystery of Halloween show for area 5th graders. Requirement: Chemistry and Requirement or Co-requisite: Biology, Algebra II.
Advanced Physics explores the behavior of matter as it moves, collides, slides, rebounds, and spins. We will study mechanics, waves, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Our explorations will include lab activities, problem solving, and real-world applications. Requirement: An 85 or above in Algebra II and Precalculus as a requirement or co-requisite