Conceptual Physics students construct representations of physical phenomena using a modeling approach. They analyze the results of investigations to form mathematical and conceptual models and deploy them in problem-solving contexts. These skills are universal to science and will help them in subsequent science courses. Specific topics of study include: one-dimensional kinematics, interactions between forces and matter, conservation of energy, and waves.
Chemistry is a basic course of chemistry, emphasizing mastery of stoichiometry, lab skills, and experimental design. Students study topics such as modern atomic theory, thermochemistry, oxidation-reduction, kinetic theory, and solution chemistry. Requirement: 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 research, which may include interacting with the Chemistry Department 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
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
This interdisciplinary, field-based course will investigate the peopling of the southeastern United States, focusing primarily on the rich and varied prehistoric human history on the Cumberland Plateau that dates back to at least 9500 BC +/- 500 years, while also considering the relationships between landscape, the underlying geology, and human settlement patterns. Here at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, we are uniquely situated to do both given our unique position in an archaeologically-rich and geologically-fascinating location. Through field exploration of rock shelters and surface sites dotting our campus, in combination with active participation in an ongoing archaeological excavation and experimental archaeological experiences, as well as more traditional classroom learning through direct instruction, readings, class discussion, and addresses from visiting lecturers, the course will address the guiding questions of: How and when did ancient peoples arrive in the southern United States? What natural resources drew ancient peoples to the Cumberland Plateau? How were they utilizing geological features and other natural resources on and near the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus over time? Students will employ current current scientific methodology for identifying new archaeological sites, collecting, cataloging, and interpreting archaeological artifacts, and contribute to real and ongoing archaeological research.
Forensic Science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws enforced by investigative agencies in our criminal justice system. This course will incorporate biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, anthropology, mathematics, communication skills, and critical thinking skills into a comprehensive survey of today's crime lab activities. Students will be introduced to the kinds of careers that are possible in forensic science and the skills needed in order to pursue this work. Students will understand that what goes on behind the scenes in a crime lab is often more involved than what they see on television. During the course of their study, students will engage in a combination of reading, writing, hands-on labs, and virtual crime scene analysis.