SCIENCE

  • Students are required to earn three (3.0) science credits to meet the graduation requirement. Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, students must have successfully completed one trimester in each of the following areas of science: Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science.

    Astronomy
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7050-1 
    Prerequisite: None
    This course is a general introduction to astronomy. Topics include instruments of astronomy, components and theories of the solar system, stellar evolution, galaxies, and a brief history of astronomy.

    Biology A
    [SBG] Applied
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7010-4
    Prerequisite: None
    This course will enable students to understand key life science principles including DNA, heredity, ecology, and evolution. This is a laboratory and hands-on course that requires extensive writing, teamwork, and use of technology.

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    Biology B
    [SBG] Applied
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7010-5
    Prerequisite: None
    This course will enable students to understand key life science principles including cell theory and function, organic molecules, and organization of living things. This is a laboratory and hands-on course that requires extensive writing, teamwork, and use of technology.

    Chemistry: Foundations
    [SBG] Applied
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7020-1
    Prerequisite: Biology A 
    This course will introduce students to common chemistry concepts that relate to their daily life. These topics include: the structure of commonly found chemicals, how chemicals react to one another, and how to engineer new substances. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory-based activities to explore the chemistry concepts and activities related to careers in this field.

    Honors Chemistry: Analytical
    [MAC] 4th Related Math Credit
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7060-2
    Prerequisites: Chemistry: Foundations
    This interactive and experiential course will focus on the practical knowledge and skills needed to develop and analyze chemical substances in the lab. Students will also develop logic and reasoning skills to identify unknown substances and design useful processes to develop substances. This course or Honors Chemistry: Organic is recommended for students who are interested in hands-on laboratory experiences or would like to prepare for AP Chemistry.

    Honors Chemistry: Organic
    [MAC] 4th Related Math Credit
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7060-3
    Prerequisites: Chemistry: Foundations
    This course will focus on the structure and process that create carbon based compounds. This includes the study of physical and chemical properties, and evaluation of chemical reactivity to understand their behavior as well as the study of chemical synthesis of natural products, pharmaceuticals, and polymers. Students will also learn how organic compounds affect the environment. This course or Honors Chemistry: Analytical is recommended for students who are interested in hands-on laboratory experiences or would like to prepare for AP Chemistry.

    Earth Science A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7051-4
    Prerequisite: None
    Each student will master essential concepts of the geosphere. Topics include the advanced rock cycle, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and geologic history. This course will also discuss how humans impact the environment. This is a hands-on course with a strong writing and technology emphasis.  

    Earth Science B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7051-4
    Prerequisite: None
    Each student will master essential concepts of the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and astronomy. Topics include oceans, weather, ground water, the sun, and stellar evolution. This is a hands-on course with a strong writing and technology emphasis.

    Environmental Science A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7052-2
    Prerequisite: None
    This course is the first section of a two-trimester science course for all ninth grade students. Environmental Science A is an integrated course that focuses primarily on physical science concepts, their relationship to the environment, and how understanding of the concepts can help humans make informed decisions. Topics include energy transfer, structure and properties of matter, and chemical reactions.

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    Environmental Science B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7052-3
    Prerequisite: None
    This course is the second section of a two-trimester science course for all ninth grade students. Environmental Science B is an integrated course that focuses primarily on Earth Science concepts, their relationship to the environment, and how understanding the concepts can help humans make informed decisions. Topics will include weather and climate, Earth’s systems, and human sustainability.

    Forensic Science A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7053-4
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will study the use of Forensic Science in criminal cases, types of forensic evidence, fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, toxicology, glass analysis, and document analysis.

    Forensic Science B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7053-5
    Prerequisite: Biology A and Biology B 
    Students will study the analysis of blood typing, blood spatter patterns, DNA, forensic anthropology, firearms and ballistics, and footprints and tool-marks.

    Geology A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7054-2
    Prerequisites: Earth Science A 
    This high-level course takes students deeply into the earth sciences and prepares them for a course of study in the lucrative field of geosciences. This laboratory and project-based course will include investigating concepts usually reserved for the college-level student. Topics include minerals, rocks, geologic time, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and topographic and geological mapping.

    Geology B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7054-3
    Prerequisites: Geology A
    Geology B will continue the high-level study of geosciences including weathering and erosion, mass wasting, groundwater, running water, glaciers and geological structures. At the conclusion of the Geology B course, any student who passes the exam with an 80% or better, will be eligible for 4 college credits at 10 Michigan institutions.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology A
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7061-2
    Prerequisites: None
    This course is designed for those students planning a career in the health care field. Using an investigative approach, students will learn medical terminology, the anatomy of the human body (body parts), and the physiology of the human body systems (how they work) under normal and disease conditions. Topics include a review of biochemistry and cell structure and function, as well as medical terminology, tissue types the integumentary system, immune system, skeletal system, and muscular system.

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    Human Anatomy and Physiology B
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7061-3
    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Physiology A
    In this second section of a two-trimester course, students will study the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system, and the urinary system.

    Physics A
    [SBG] Applied
    [MAC] 4th Related Math Credit
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7030-2
    Prerequisite: Geometry B
    This course provides an introduction to mechanics. Linear and rotational mechanics, work, power, energy, and Newton’s Law will be covered. This is a laboratory course which relies heavily on problem solving.

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    Physics B
    [SBG] Applied
    [MAC] 4th Related Mathematics Credit
    1 Trimester - 0.5 Credit
    Course #: 7030-3
    Prerequisite: Physics A
    This course is a follow-up to Physics A. This course will cover heat, light, sound, electricity, and nuclear physics. This is a laboratory course which relies heavily on problem solving.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCIENCE COURSES
    Advanced Placement courses are intended for students in grades 10-12. Due to the rigor of AP courses, students are strongly encouraged to complete a summer assignment as suggested by the AP teacher. Content from summer assignments will be included on an assessment during the first trimester. A packet with course information is available in the principal’s office.

     

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement Biology
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits
    Course #: 7091-789
    Prerequisites: Biology A and Biology B
    This course is designed to be a comprehensive biology course for the science-oriented student. Individual research, study and experimentations, as well as the ability to correlate lab data and draw conclusions are stressed. Recommended for biology, chemistry, and pre-medical majors. This is a lab-oriented, text related course with outdoor fieldwork and lab analysis. 

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement Chemistry
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits 
    Course #: 7092-789
    Prerequisite: Chemistry: Foundations and either Honors Chemistry: Analytical or Honors Chemistry: Organic 
    4th Related Mathematics Credit
    This course is designed to be a comprehensive college-level introductory course in physical chemistry. Strong emphasis is placed upon laboratory work. This course is recommended for Chemistry and Biology majors, and especially for students planning a career in any health-related or investigative science field including pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-dentistry, engineering (all types) and careers in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, or health care. Activities include special projects, field trips, in-depth preparation for the AP exam, and extended laboratory investigations.

    [AP] [W] [C] Advanced Placement Physics I
    3 Trimesters - 1.5 Credits
    Course #: 7093-789
    Prerequisite: Physics B and Algebra II B
    4th Related Mathematics Credit
    This course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. Students will develop deep understanding of the content, apply knowledge through inquiry labs, participate in special projects, extended laboratory investigations, and in-depth preparation for the AP exam. This course is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue a degree in engineering or the sciences.