Physical Science

Physical science is the study of matter, energy, and changes that matter and energy undergo. There are two main
brances of physical science: chemistry and physics. The first semester will cover chemical building blocks and
chemistry in action. The second semester will be devoted to physics: motion, forces, energy, sound, light, electricity
and magnetism. Lab work will be used to demonstrate these concepts.

Biology I

This course explores the characteristics, adaptations, body systems, and life cycles of organisms and their
relationships with each other and their enviroment. Students examine the growth and development of organisms
and study the levles of structural organization of living systems. Topics of concentration include cells, the molecular
basis for heredity, structures and functions of human body systems, and contemporary health issues.

Biology II

Biology II is designed for the student who has a strong interest in biology. Students explore advanced topics
selected from cellular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetic, microbiology, evolution, behavior, ecology,
plant and animal anatomy, and physiology. Research and advanced laboratory techniques are emphasized.

Earth Science

The major emphasis in this course is the physical earth, its history, and its place in the universe. We will strive to
understand earth and the processes that are constantly changing it. There are four major areas covered: geology,
astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography.

Chemistry

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry and to the development of critical thinking.
Since chemistry impacts every part of daily life, the beginning of the course focuses on its role in science, the
different areas of chemistry, and the role of the chemist in society. This is followed by the study of the basic
concepts of chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, energy relationships in chemistry, the electronic structure of
the atom, periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, states of matter, and the
chemistry of solutions. These fundamental concepts and techniques provide the necessary background for college
chemistry and the laboratory experiments performed throughout the year.

Physics

This course focuses on a balance of understanding basic physical principles and developing an ability to do a variety
of problems in different fields of physics. The topics covered are: measurement and conversion of units, problem
solving, kinematics, force, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion and gravitation. Additional
topics may include solids and fluids, thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, sound, electricity and magnetism.