Science

Tara Bacher

Department Chair

Ryan Kyler

Department Chair

Washington State guidelines require 3 credits of Science as part of graduation requirements. Two credits must be lab based and one credit algebra based. Four years of high school science is recommended by most 4 year colleges and universities.


Courses

SC0915 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE (FULL YEAR)

All Freshman are required to take either Physical Science or Honors Physical Science. It is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course that seeks to increase student understanding of lab safety, the scientific method, and problem solving skills. Content areas include chemistry (atomic theory, kinetic theory of particles, elements, the periodic table, and bonding), physics (motion, Newton's Laws, mechanical waves and sound, electro-magnetic spectrum and light), and astronomy (Earth-Moon-Sun system, formation and evolution of the solar system, stellar life-cycles, and origins and behavior of the galaxies and universe).

**NCAA Approved

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SC0920 - HONORS PHYSICAL SCIENCE (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Student will be accepted into Honors Physical Science based upon high performance on the HSPT and concurrent enrollment in geometry or higher.

This course provides an accelerated and in-depth approach to Physical Science. It is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course that seeks to increase student understanding of lab safety, scientific method, and problem solving skills. Content areas include chemistry (atomic theory, kinetic theory of particles, elements, the periodic table, and bonding), physics (motion, Newton's Laws, mechanical waves and sound, electro- magnetic spectrum and light), and astronomy (Earth-Moon-Sun system, formation and evolution of the solar system, stellar life-cycles, and origins and behavior of the galaxies and universe).

**NCAA Approved

SC1002 - BIOLOGY (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Physical Science credit earned.

Biology is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course that covers the study of life. Topics include the nature of science, the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, cell reproduction, DNA structure and protein synthesis, genetics, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, ecology, and the evolution of life in its many forms. Students are expected to become proficient in the use of laboratory equipment and the procedures and use of methods of science to solve problems.

**NCAA Approved

SC1015 - HONORS BIOLOGY (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: Honors Physical Science credit earned with B or higher and current science teacher signature.

Honors Biology provides an accelerated and in-depth approach to the study of life. It is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course that will include such topics as the nature of science, cell structure and function, cell reproduction, DNA structure and protein synthesis, genetics, biochemistry of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, ecology, and the evolution of life in its many forms. Students are expected to become proficient in the use of laboratory equipment and the procedures and use of methods of science to solve problems.

There will be a summer assignment in Honors Biology. Failure to complete the summer assignment will affect student’s grade.

Additional Information: Exceptions to the grade level requirement may be made for incoming Freshman who are above grade level and otherwise qualified. Requests for Honors Biology must include recommendations by previous math and science teachers. Requests will be reviewed by school staff utilizing standardized test scores and other academic information.

**NCAA Approved

SC1113 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (FULL YEAR)

Earth and Space Science is an investigative study of the Earth and its environment in space. Students will learn about local as well as foreign environments in an attempt to understand our human relationship with the natural world. During one semester the course content will fall largely within the realm of Geology. Special emphasis will be placed on the local area, its natural processes and natural history. A second semester of this course will emphasize atmospheric science and astronomy as we compare the Earth to other celestial bodies and the cosmos. A consideration of environmental and energy issues will weave throughout both semesters.

**NCAA Approved

SC1103 - CHEMISTRY (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: Biology Credit Earned with a grade of C or higher and concurrent registration in Algebra 2. This course requires a current science teacher signature.

Chemistry is a college prep science course that explores the world of elements, molecules and chemical reactions. This course is Algebra-based and will develop problem-solving skills through mathematical investigation of the atom in a laboratory setting. This course will include the concepts of nomenclature, the mole, stoichiometry, atomic theory, bonding, gas laws, phases of matter at an atomic level, solubility, and acids and bases.

**NCAA Approved

SC1203 - CHEMISTRY HONORS/UW110 (FULL YEAR)

New Course for the 16-17 School Year

Prerequisites: Honors Biology credit earned with a grade of B- or better and concurrent registration in Pre-Calculus, Honors Algebra 2, or higher. This course requires a current science teacher signature.

Introduction to general chemistry with an emphasis on developing problem solving skills. Covers basic concepts of chemistry along with the mathematics required for quantitative problem solving. This is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course. Five (5) quarter credits are available for an additional fee.

**NCAA Approval Pending

SC1202 - PHYSICS (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Biology credit earned with a C or higher, Chemistry with a C or higher, Algebra II with a C or higher or IAT with a B or higher; concurrent registration in Algebra II or a more advanced math course.

Physics is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based study of the relationship between matter and energy. Major emphasis is on mechanics and waves with thermodynamics and electricity as time permits. Quantum mechanics (also called modern physics) is taken in Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.

**NCAA Approved

SC1205 - AP PHYSICS (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus credit earned with a B or higher. Please see the AP Physics teacher for consideration if pre-requisite has yet to be met. This course requires a current science teacher signature, $10 course fee and successful completion of summer course work.

AP is the introductory Physics course in the AP Physics curriculum. Students taking AP will be given the material to prepare them for the AP exam. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP exam and may receive AP credit if awarded a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam. AP Physics will have components of Calculus and Algebra-based material and will cover in depth the topics of kinematics, forces, wave motion and electrical circuits.

**NCAA Approved

SC1130 - BIOTECHNOLOGY (OC) (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing. Algebra 1 with a grade of B or better is required. Successful completion of Biology is required plus earned credit in either Chemistry or Physical Science. This course requires a current science teacher signature.

This is a year-long, lab-based course bridging biology, chemistry, and technology in an occupational setting. This course fits the “school to work” criteria. This is a laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course.

**NCAA Approved

SC1215 - ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: Biology credit earned with a grade of C or higher. This course requires a current science teacher signature.

This year long laboratory-oriented and Algebra-based course will explore, in detail, the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will explore all systems of the human body, including the nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproductive, endocrine, and immune systems.

**NCAA Approved