Earth Science will introduce students to topics that include composition of the earth, surface processes on earth, the atmosphere and the oceans, geologic time, resource and the environment and the solar system. Fundamental knowledge such as the use of the scientific method, critical thinking skills and laboratory skills will be emphasized.
Biology encompasses the study of the basic underlying principles of life including the in-depth study of the nature of science, characteristics of life, cell structure and physiology, genetics, molecular biology, diversity of life, evolution and ecology. A variety of laboratory experiences are included in this course.
Basic principles of chemistry are introduced. Areas of study include matter and energy, atomic structure, periodic table relationships, scientific measurement, stoichiometry, states of matter and the laws governing them, bonding principles, acid base theory, reaction rates and equilibrium, oxidation reduction and electrochemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry. Critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and laboratory techniques will be developed.
Students will explore the concepts of physics in a format that continues the development of problem solving skills. The skills, tools and processes used in the field of physics will be emphasized. The focus will be on three main topics: matter, motion and energy. A student planning to attend college will benefit from the emphasis that the course provides in the application of mathematical concepts. Laboratory work will give students a chance to put their knowledge into action.
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary course that encompasses aspects of the natural sciences, geography, economics and philosophy. A significant emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills as students are asked to apply the concepts and principles that they are learning about to their own lives and decisions that they will make. Environmental sustainability is a theme that is interwoven through the entire course. Students are asked to think critically about their own ecological footprint and how they might encourage others to apply principles of sustainability to their lives.