Science Electives

    This course is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The focus on this course will be: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, Natural Selection and Evolution, Earth's Systems, Climate Change, and Human Sustainability. 

    Physics is the most fundamental and all-inclusive of the sciences. Physics is a laboratory based course that primarily studies the behavior of matter and energy. Topics in this course include mathematical relationships, kinematics, forces, energy transformations and waves.

    Usually taken after a comprehensive initial study of biology, Anatomy and Physiology courses present the human body and biological systems in more detail. In order to understand the structure of the human body and its functions, students learn anatomical terminology, study cells and tissues, explore functional systems (skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, nervous, and so on), and may dissect mammals.

    The content in this course is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. There is a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning. This is designed to promote student discussion and the exchange of ideas such as scientists as they collaborate and work. This course will study astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. Problem solving and critical thinking will be developed while gaining an understanding of the physical world.