Science

  • BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
    YEAR-LONG COURSES
    7040 BIOLOGY
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Biology (7040) is an entry level course in biology, introducing living things through a biochemical, cellular, organismic, and ecological approach. This course deals with the formation, functions, and interactions of living entities and their environment, and how laboratory experiments and varied classroom activities help students understand and apply current concepts.

    7060 BIOLOGY A
    Credit: 1 unit
    Recommendation of previous science teacher
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Biology A is an accelerated program, stressing the same concepts as Biology 7040, but moving at a faster pace and covering topics with more depth. Both Biology and Biology A are lab courses—the difference is in the amount of work covered and the pace of the class.

    7065 AP BIOLOGY
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Recommendation: Students who earned an A in Biology and a B or above in Chemistry will experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    This college level course builds on Biology and Chemistry concepts to go in depth on a wide range of Biology topics, including but not limited to chemical reactions of photosynthesis and respiration, ratio and math calculations in populations and genetic frequency, DNA, mutations, stem cells, gene editing, and the biochemistry of certain organ systems involved in homeostasis. Labs are a required aspect of the class, enhancing key concepts for better understanding. Enrolled students will be encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam in May. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.


    70822 AP/ACC ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Completion of Biology or Biology A and Chemistry; May take concurrently with Physics or other science course
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Environmental Science will use an interdisciplinary approach to address scientific issues related to our environment. Students will collaborate in problem solving, debate, and deep investigation of the concepts and principles of the discipline. Experiments conducted in real time using real data and application of the study of human actions on the environment. Class will include textbooks, lectures and lab time.The class will also include outside projects that will be required, including an overnight field study and local field trips. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. Summer reading and inquiry activity is also required.Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    SEMESTER COURSES
    7083 ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
    Credit: ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Completion of Biology or Biology A
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course studies the behavior of animals with and without organized nervous systems. The focus is on anatomy and physiology of behavior, the adaptiveness of behavior, types of behavior and the evolution of behavior. Live organisms are used for study purposes and field experience allows the students to perform a sample ethogram (animal behavior profile). One field trip to the St. Louis Zoo is included. Note: An application for an Honors Grade may be requested for this course.

    7085 GENETICS
    Credit: ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Completion of Biology or Biology A
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in Biology experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Genetics builds on the student’s skills which were acquired in their freshman biology course. This course is recommended for students considering a biology major in college. The course reviews mitosis, meiosis, and Mendelian genetics. DNA structure, DNA replication, protein synthesis (transcription and translation), gene regulation, genetic engineering and embryology are the major chapters covered in a freshman college biology book. The role of genes in cancer, human illness, and development is emphasized.

    7086 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
    Credit: ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Completion of Biology or Biology A
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in Biology experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course will investigate the structure and function of the human body. Following a brief review of chemistry, organic compounds and the cell, with regard to their association with the human body, an in-depth study of the tissues within the body and selected human systems will occur. Upon successful completion of these topics, students will do a dissection of a fetal pig. The course offers a field trip to the AIMS Medical Center at SLU for a human cadaver dissection. Other organ dissections are possible throughout the semester, as well as research papers and projects. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    7070 ACC INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY
    Credit: ½ unit
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in Biology and Chemistry will experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course. May take concurrently with Physics or other science course
    Open to grades: 11-12
    This course will provide an introduction to the study of the ocean’s basic composition, physical movement, interaction of land and ocean in coastal environments, and marine biology and ocean resources. Students will understand the formation of the oceans, the chemical and physical processes the oceans undergo, why organisms live in their environments, and how humans interact and impact these different environments. This course may be taken for advanced college credit with SLU.

    PHYSICAL SCIENCES
    YEAR-LONG COURSES

    7100 CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course provides students with a basic understanding of the principles of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on everyday applications of these principles and concepts. Some math will be used but will not be the focus of development of principles or concepts. Topics include physical and chemical properties of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, acids and bases, Kinetic Molecular Theory, and the gas laws. Students may wish to follow this course with Chemistry A if a more rigorous approach is desired. This course does not fulfill the requirements for enrollment in Advanced Chemistry.

    7120 CHEMISTRY A
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in Geometry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades 10-12
    Chemistry A is an accelerated high school chemistry course. The intent of the course is to develop a foundation of unifying chemical principles utilizing a laboratory and lecture setting. Topics covered are the same as those in 7100 Chemistry, but will be studied in greater depth and with a heavy math emphasis. Students must be proficient in the use of arithmetic skills and the basic techniques of algebra.

    7142 AP CHEMISTRY
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry A
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of an “A” in Chem A experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    AP Chemistry is a second-year chemistry course for the college-bound student planning on a science related major. Students excelling in Chemistry A are urged to enroll. A college-level text is used and students must be able to comfortably handle challenging mathematical and abstract concepts. The course work will be intense and progress rapidly. Extended class time will be scheduled to cover the necessary material—this will be 30 minutes before school each day. Like most college level courses, students will be expected to cover material independently outside of class time and homework discussion during class will be minimal. Three chapters of work will be assigned over the summer. This course has a strong lab component. All students will be encouraged to take the AP exam in chemistry. This course is equivalent to one full year of college chemistry. The AP exam, given in the spring, will cover two semesters of college chemistry material. AP credit is based on exam score. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    7160 CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course presents classical and modern physics qualitatively, with emphasis on the relevance of physics to the student’s own experience. Presentation of these ideas is done conceptually rather than mathematically. The topics presented are essentially those found on a traditional table of contents. Students will study mechanics, sound, light, basic electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics. Laboratory exercises are used often to emphasize and illustrate the lessons. Students who are concurrently enrolled in Algebra II/Trig or higher are appropriately placed in Physics A or higher. This course does not fulfill the requirement for enrollment in Advanced Physics.

    7180 PHYSICS A
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Alg.2/Trig
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in Alg.2/Trig experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Physics A is a math-based introductory course for students who wish to satisfy the requirements of a college-prep curriculum without the greater challenge of AP Physics I. All students who are interested in mathematics will find that Physics A gives them the opportunity to apply their algebra and trigonometry skills in practical problems. A traditional syllabus is followed. Topics that may be covered include motion, fluids, electricity, magnetism, sound, and light. Laboratory experiments and daily homework are essentials of the course.

    7185 AP PHYSICS I
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry A and Algebra II/Trig.
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course is the first recommended physics course for many students, particularly those who wish to have careers in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, nursing, or engineering. The year-long course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Enrolled students will be encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam in May. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    7200 ADVANCED PHYSICS ACC
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of Physics A or Instructor’s approval
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    The Advanced Physics program is coordinated with St. Louis University so that high school seniors, if they wish, may earn college credit which can be transferred to most other universities in the nation. There is no financial cost to the student of Advanced Physics if he/she is going only for high school credit. If the student also elects to earn college credit, he/she will be charged a token fee by St. Louis University to cover the cost of "paperwork." The concepts studied and objectives achieved are basically the same as in Physics A. The difference is that in Advanced Physics the student studies the principles in greater depth. The daily amount of out-of-class time a student uses depends upon the innate ability of that student. It should be understood that Advanced Physics is truly a college quality course offered at our high school. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade and students may receive dual credit from St. Louis University.

    7190 AP PHYSICS II
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of AP Physics I
    This course is recommended for students who are interested in continuing their study of physics in a challenging environment. The full-year AP Physics II is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; quantum; atomic and nuclear physics. Enrolled students will be strongly encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam in May.

    SEMESTER COURSES
    7310 ASTRONOMY
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Recommendation: Students who have completed Chemistry and Physics with a grade of C or better experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course will provide the student with an introduction to the concepts of modern astronomy, the origin and history of the Universe and the formation of the Earth and the solar system. Students will compare the Earth's properties with those of the other planets and explore how the heavens have influenced human thought and action. The course gives a description of astronomical phenomena using the laws of physics. This course emphasizes the seasonal changes observed in the night sky including constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, and the sun and the moon. Historical developments in astronomy will be explored. Although largely descriptive, the course will occasionally require the use of upper level mathematics.

    7151 FORENSIC SCIENCE
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in both semesters of Chemistry experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This college prep course is intended to be an enrichment to current chemistry and physics courses. In this class, you will investigate scientific methods currently being used to test evidence found at crime scenes. You will investigate crime scene processing, visualizing and identifying latent fingerprints, fiber, hair, and glass analysis, drug testing, and other techniques. You will also complete two projects: investigate a topic in forensic science on the Internet then use Powerpoint to present your findings to the class, and create a fictitious crime scene and explain to the class how to collect and test the evidence.

    7156 ADVANCED FORENSIC SCIENCE ACC
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Forensic Science
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in Forensic Science experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course is intended for the more serious forensic science student. In this class, you will investigate advanced techniques in forensic science. You will investigate large crime scenes, handwriting, ink and paper forgery, fire investigations, forensic art, firearms and other toolmarks. You will also investigate a famous crime, prior to 1990, in forensic science and write a paper comparing forensics from that time to today. Your final exam will be a fictitious fire scene that you will investigate. You will write a formal paper of your investigation. You will also be taking St. Louis University Final exam. It should be noted that Advanced Forensic Science is truly a college quality course offered at our high school. Note: Students may receive dual credit from St. Louis University through the 1818 program. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    7157 ADVANCED FORENSIC SCIENCE RESEARCH
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Adv. Forensics Science and Instructor’s approval
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “B” or better in Adv. Forensics experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course is a very independent course. Students need to be self-motivated and able to focus on completing a task on their own over a long period. In this course you will learn to set up a database, using Microsoft Excel, that will include several pieces of information about each entry. You will also learn to edit photographs using Photoshop and cross reference several pieces of information found in the photographs. You will be required to research a career path in Forensic Science and write a paper. You will need to choose two independent projects from several possible projects in forensic science research. In addition, you will be expected to choose a career to investigate.

    7098 SCIENCE INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
    Credit: 1/2 unit for full year
    Prerequisite: “B” in life science (Biology) and physical science (Chemistry or Physics) and approval by a teacher who will act in a limited capacity as an advisor.
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This course provides students with the means and encouragement to undertake independent science research projects and is essentially a year-long, structured “science fair” class. Students will perform literature searches, contact experts, design a project or experiment, keep a log book, and enter a project in a science fair or similarly judged event. Self-motivation is essential.