Department Chair: Dawn Fuelberth

Department Purpose: Prepare all students to investigate, analyze, evaluate, and apply the physical and natural processes of science in the world.


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Biology

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

Freshmen will gain a new appreciation for the living things around them through their study of ecology and the biodiversity of life. The study of the cell, its energy, cycles, and reproduction teach students the basic structure of all life. Human reproduction and genetics, earth history, classification of organisms, and the study of plants complete students’ biological investigations.

Honors Biology

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Scoring at the 90th percentile or higher on the 8th grade Science Placement Test

Course Description:

Students will learn about the living world around them through scientific inquiry. Critical thinking skills will be honed through observation and analysis. Many labs will be performed requiring basic algebraic understanding and technological knowledge, including Excel and Power Point. The first semester topics covered include energy flow, biochemistry, and cellular reproduction. The second semester examines genetics with an extensive research project emphasizing DNA structure, DNA modification benefiting organisms, and ethical dilemmas that have since arisen. Also covered are topics of natural selection and classification. Numerous dissections will occur throughout the year.

AP Biology

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Senior Standing, B+ or higher in Biology, B or higher in Physics, and instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students to earn college credit by rigorously preparing them for the Advanced Placement exam. The text, content, and pacing of this class resemble those of a first year college biology class. This course can be taken for dual enrollment credit through UNO; students who elect to take this course for college credit are responsible for paying tuition and all applicable fees.

Chemistry

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Course Description:

This course, designed primarily for sophomores, examines the principles of measurement, the structure of matter, the principles underlying chemical bonding, and the systematic organization of knowledge found in the periodic table. A major emphasis is placed on the chemical changes of matter in chemical reactions, and the kinetic theory as it relates to solids, liquids, and gases. Students will employ Algebra on a regular basis to solve quantitative problems.

Honors Chemistry

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Algebra I or Honors Algebra I and current Science
instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course examines the principles of measurement, the structure of matter, the principles underlying chemical bonding, and the systematic organization of knowledge found in the periodic table. A major emphasis is placed on the chemical reactions, the kinetic theory as it relates to solids, liquids, and gases, as well as a critical examination of both thermochemistry and electrochemistry. Students are expected to display mastery of algebra on a regular basis to solve quantitative problems.

AP Chemistry

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Biology, grade of A in Chemistry, B+ in Honors Chemistry and concurrent enrollment in Physics or Honors Physics, and instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students to earn college credit by rigorously preparing them for the Advanced Placement exam. The text, content, and pacing of this class resemble those of a first year college chemistry class.

Physics

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Algebra II (or concurrent enrollment) and Chemistry

Course Description:

This course, designed primarily for juniors, is an intensive study of motion, forces, vectors, work, and energy. Emphasis is placed on a mathematical interpretation of the physical world.

Honors Physics

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Algebra II (or concurrent enrollment), Chemistry, and instructor recommendation

Course Description:

The first semester of this junior year course emphasizes an intensive study of motion, forces, and vectors, as well as an independent study in optics. Work, energy, and electricity are studied second semester. A second semester engineering project and a modern physics study enhance the course. Computer tutorials and technical writing are incorporated into the course.

AP Physics C

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Senior standing, grade of B+ or higher in Honors Physics or grade of A in Physics, and instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course is designed to prepare students to earn college credit by rigorously preparing them for the Advanced Placement exam. The text, content, and pacing of this class resemble those of a first year college physics class.

Astronomy

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

Course Description:

This course begins with the historical background of the science, constellation viewing, identification, and basic review of the properties of light. Students can visit Neale Woods Observatory during the semester to perfect their ability to navigate through the night sky. The students will take an Earth-out progression in their studies as they examine the solar system, near earth objects, stellar evolution, black holes, galaxy formation and classification, and cosmology.

Meteorology

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

Course Description:

Students will explore the model for atmospheric structure, energy exchanges, the moisture cycle, principles of air motion, global wind systems, atmospheric stability, mid-latitude weather systems, tropical weather systems, thunderstorms, tornadoes and weather forecasting. Students will accurately use weather instrumentation.

Physiology

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

Course Description:

This is a highly recommended course for those students with interest or career aspirations in medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. This is a challenging course where students will learn about parts and systems of the human body. Detailed study of the skin, bones, and muscles are emphasized.

Zoology

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

Course Description:

This course exposes students to the diversity of animals in our world. Students will learn how scientists believe animals adapted and struggled to survive in a changing world. Projects include nurturing of animals in the classroom and outside research.