Sciences

INTEGRATED SCIENCE: SCI100 (1 Credit)
This course will provide the student with experience, knowledge, and the building blocks of Chemistry, Life Science, and Earth Science. Content from these branches of science will be woven together as students explore and discover the connections and relationships between them. Topics include, but are not limited to, lab and field protocol, properties of matter, cycles of matter and energy, climate, geologic history, evolution & classification, and earth's processes. The course involves discussion, group work, lectures, and lab & fieldwork. Students will engage in both independent and project-based learning. This course is geared toward 8th grade students but is open to any student who would benefit from the fundamental approach to the subject matter being explored.

 

APPLICATIONS OF PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY:  SCI150 (1 credit)
This course is specifically designed for students with previous Algebra I study or currently enrolled at this level and performing at the top of the class.  Students spend a great deal of time using various scientific methods to explore the chemical properties of matter and the fundamentals of physics.  There is an emphasis on mathematical application and self-directed exploration.  Within the construct of projects, activities and lab reports, students will become familiar with basic empirical scientific skills and become comfortable writing up such experiments in a deliberate lab report format.  Throughout the year they will also explore how both chemistry and physics manifests themselves in earth science.  The emphasis on conceptual understanding of fundamental principles governing the universe, practice in basic “lab methodology,” and the mathematical application of concepts provide students with a robust foundation for more advanced science courses.

 

BIOLOGY:  SCI200 (1 Credit)
This course enables students to explore principles and applications in genetics, biochemistry, cell and microbiology, botany, zoology, human physiology and ecology.  Methods include indoor and outdoor laboratory experiments, dissection, microscope use, textbook and additional readings, lectures and discussions.  Small group and individual activities encourage students to pursue special interests through research projects in biology topics.

 

CHEMISTRY:  SCI300 (1 credit)
This full year course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of chemistry:  atomic structure, bonding, electron configurations, the periodic table, kinetic theory, the mole, reaction rates, pH and redox reactions. The class involves active discussion, problem solving and research projects, basic laboratory skills and techniques, and the submission of formal laboratory reports; there is also a large quantitative component to many topics covered throughout the year.

 

PHYSIOLOGY – NUTRITION & ENERGY:  SCI350 (.5 credit)
This course covers nutrition and energy:  macronutrients and micronutrients, optimum nutrition for exercise. It also covers energy transfer: the fundamentals, during exercise, measuring and evaluating energy capacities.

 

PHYSIOLOGY- PHYSICAL ADAPTATIONS:  SCI351 (.5 credit)
This course reviews the principles and applications of physiological support systems and biomechanics, emphasizing the structures and functions of the circulatory and respiratory systems.  It also covers exercise training and its adaptations in reference to the anaerobic and aerobic energy systems.

 

PHYSICS:  SCI400 (1 Credit) 
This class provides an understanding of the basic physical laws, which govern the world around us, emphasizing the practical applications of physics.  Through labs, discussion and directed problem solving, this course investigates fundamental Newtonian physics, including the concepts of kinematics, dynamics, energy, waves, sound, light, gravity, electricity, magnetism and atomic physics.  Prerequisite: MA300.

 

ENGINEERING CONCEPTS AND DESIGN: SCI500 (.5 credit) - Fall 
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the engineering process through hands on design, development, and implementation.  The class is project motivated and will require students to draw on previous knowledge in math, physics, science, and art to build working solutions to real-life problems. Students will develop new skills such as CAD (Computer Aided Design), basic electronics, and fabrication.  Because of the project-motivated approach, students will be required to be self-motivated, work in teams, and seek out and synthesize knowledge from a variety of sources. Physics is a prerequisite.